Press Release
Public Works

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Natural Disasters: Are you At Risk?

Kittitas County, WA - 02/10/2011 - The Kittitas County Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan Steering Committee will be hosting two open houses on February 17, 2011 and would like to invite local residents to attend to learn about floods, earthquakes, wildfires and other hazards that may impact Kittitas County.

The open houses will be held at the Senior Center in Cle Elum from 11:00 am to 1:30 pm, and at Ellensburg City Hall from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm. The same information will be presented at both locations.

Attendees will have the opportunity to share their concerns, knowledge and experiences about local hazards and disasters with the Steering Committee and representatives from participating jurisdictions. Maps will be on display showing different hazards and areas of concern throughout the County.  Attendees will also be able to receive a personal hazard assessment of their property.

A Hazard Mitigation Plan focuses on reducing and preventing losses from disasters. The completed plan will list specific mitigation projects that will achieve this goal. With a FEMA approved Hazard Mitigation Plan, participating jurisdictions may be eligible to receive non-emergency disaster assistance such as grant funding for the mitigation projects identified in the plan.

Some examples of mitigation projects include performing seismic retrofits on critical facilities such as schools and hospitals, elevating houses above flood levels and acquiring hazard prone property.

For more information on hazard mitigation planning, visit http://www.co.kittitas.wa.us/publicworks/hazard-mitigation-plan/ or call Kittitas County Public Works at 509-962-7523.

Kittitas County, from the Cascades to the Columbia, and online at http://www.co.kittitas.wa.us

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Contact: Christina Wollman, 509-962-7051