In 2006 the Town of Camp Verde adopted a Hazard Mitigation Plan to address mitigation for both natural and human caused disasters.
Staff attended a series of workshops regarding our Hazard Mitigation Plan that is required to be updated this coming year (2011).
Originally, when adopted in 2006, representatives from the Town of Camp Verde, Yavapai County, the Cities of Cottonwood, Prescott and Sedona, and the Towns of Chino Valley, Clarkdale, Jerome and Prescott Valley conducted a year-long planning effort that resulted in multi-hazard mitigation plans for each jurisdiction. The 2006 plans were prepared in compliance with federal regulations set forth by the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 (DMA2K), which requires local, county, tribal and state governments to develop a multi-hazard mitigation plan for their respective jurisdiction in order to be eligible to receive certain hazard mitigation and public assistance funds. The 2006 plans were submitted to and approved by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) throughout 2006. The plans are set to expire in September 2011.
Beginning this year, planning was done according to the multi-jurisdictional model. The process will result in one plan that includes the county and participating incorporated jurisdictions within the county boundaries. This multi-jurisdictional concept is new; however, is the most efficient and cost effective way to go.
The goal of this mitigation planning team was to reduce or eliminate long-term risk to life and property from natural hazard events. Mitigation is not how we respond to natural disasters like floods and wildfires, but how we as a community can lesson or prevent the impact of such things in the first place. The mitigation planning process involved identifying and profiling the natural hazards most likely to occur in a community, assessing vulnerability to these hazards, and establishing goals, actions, and projects that mitigate the associated risks. The development of this mitigation plan will also ensure continued eligibility on the part of the county and communities for non-emergency, federal hazard mitigation grants.
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Public input on the mitigation planning process was important and residents were encouraged to educate themselves about the existing plan and offer comments on the update. The planning team anticipates having a plan draft in early 2011, at which time the public will be provided the opportunity to review the plan and comment.
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