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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

HAZARD MITIGATION PLANNING UPDATE!

Kittitas County - 11/08/2018 - Hazard Mitigation Planning Team Members and Stakeholders –

Status Update
Since the kick-off meeting on July 16th the County and consulting team have made significant progress on the plan. We have received partially updated annexes from nine of the thirteen jurisdictions. Meetings are scheduled for two additional jurisdictions. We have received seven Letters of Intent to participate. Work has been underway on the update of the Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment. FEMA’s contractor has provided Hazus loss estimation data (Hazus is FEMA’s methodology for estimating losses from earthquakes, floods, and hurricanes). That data is currently being evaluated and incorporated into the plan. The non-Hazus hazard updates are 90% complete.

Why Participate?
The County secured a grant from FEMA for the update of the plan – it costs you nothing other than a small investment of time.  An update is required every five years in order to become/remain eligible for FEMA Hazard Mitigation Assistance grants, including the post disaster Hazard Mitigation Grant Program.  In order to be eligible for grants, each jurisdiction must prove, with documentation, active participation in the planning process. Kittitas County and the consulting team are doing the “heavy lifting” on behalf of not only the County, but each jurisdiction that chooses to participate.  To have an approved jurisdictional annex, you must attend approximately 3 meetings, provide data and feedback to the team when requested, review draft documents, identify desired projects, and at the end, adopt the annex via your governing board.  Risk analysis, mapping, writing, and all of the various time consuming components are being done for you.  We emphasize that this is your plan.  For it to be a usable document that benefits your jurisdiction, we need your input. 

Stakeholder Involvement Needed!
In addition to participation by the jurisdictions, we need to demonstrate and document stakeholder involvement in the planning process.  Stakeholders can be local employers, interested residents, non-profits, educational institutions, utilities, or any other entity with a vested interest in the process.  Please provide names and contact information for at least two potential stakeholders we can invite to the next meeting.
 
Public Involvement Needed!
Documentation of public involvement in the planning process is also required.  Below is a link to a survey that has been developed for the public or anyone else to provide input.  Please have this posted to your social media pages, jurisdictional websites, email distribution lists, mailings, etc.  It does not need to be included in all of these locations.  Please use the ones most convenient to you that will reach a large audience or your residents.
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/98FFSQ2
 
PLANNING TEAM AND STAKEHOLDER MEETING!
 
November 8, 2018, 1:00 – 3:00 PM at the big room in the ArmoryPlanning Team and Stakeholder Meeting *Please forward invite to additional staff in your community as appropriate.  If you cannot attend, please send a proxy.

  • Review draft hazard identification and risk assessment findings
  • Further develop and rank mitigation strategies for each jurisdiction
  • Discuss next steps 
PUBLIC MEETING

November 8, 2018, 6:00 – 8:00 PM at the big room in the Armory – Public Meeting
  • Introduce the process and purpose of the plan
  • Present draft risk assessment
  • Solicit input 
  • Thank you.  We look forward to seeing you there!
Did you remember to take the survey???  We need your input!!  Please!

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

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Contact: Karen Hodges, Kittitas County Flood Control Zone District- Floodplain Manager

Desk Phone: (509) 962-7610
Office Phone:(509) 962-7523

Email: Karen.hodges@co.Kittitas.wa.us