Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan Update!

Josephine County and the City of Grants pass are working together to update the Josephine County Multi-Jurisdictional Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan. Working with representatives from local and regional utility providers, public safety professionals, public infrastructure providers, elected officials and others, the main purpose of the plan is to reduce risks to people, property and the local economy BEFORE the next wildfire, winter storm, flood or earthquake strikes. A team from the University of Oregon’s Community Service Center is assisting with the update process.

We want YOUR input! CLICK HERE to visit the plan update page to learn more about the plan, take a quick mitigation survey or give us your suggestions.
Approval of the plan by the Federal Emergency Management Agency will ensure the county and city maintain their eligibility to apply for federal hazard mitigation funds. For example, Josephine County is currently applying for grant funds to support the purchase and installation of new wildfire detection cameras. These cameras will allow emergency management and fire protection personnel to rapidly detect new wildfire starts in the county. The expected results are (1) quicker response times and (2) reduction in the overall cost to fight wildfires. These federal funds were made available following the wildfires that occurred throughout the county during the summer of 2015. With the update of this plan, the grant will cover 75% of the cost of the wildfire detection camera project. Without the update to the Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan, the County would not be eligible for federal assistance. In that case, the County would need to either fund 100% of the project locally, find other funding sources, delay, or cancel the purchase of the cameras until funding could be identified.

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