Thursday, December 7, 2023

Mendocino County Requests Public Input for Local Hazard Mitigation Plan


The following is a press release issued by the County of Mendocino:

A small sample of the Mendocino Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan that maps out the Wildfire Risk Exposure throughout the county and estimates the number of affected residents. [Screenshot from the Mendocino Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan document]

Mendocino County is seeking public input on the Mendocino Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan as part of natural hazard risk reduction efforts throughout the County. This is the community’s chance to review and provide feedback on information regarding natural hazards in the area. We are also asking the public to review the mitigation strategy developed by the County and participating jurisdictions. Our strategy focuses on mitigating the effects of natural hazards through proposed actions that protect lives and property across the county.

Public input will ensure the priorities of the Hazard Mitigation Plan match those of Mendocino County residents.

The Mendocino Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan (MJHMP) provides a formal explanation of prevalent hazards within the County and how hazards may affect communities differently. Most importantly, the mitigation strategy presented in the Plan responds to the known vulnerabilities within each community and provides prescriptions or actions to achieve the greatest reduction of natural hazard risk. The end result of this planning effort could result in saved lives, reduced injuries, reduced property damage, and protection for the environment in the event of a natural hazard within the County.

Along with the MJHMP umbrella plan, Volume 1, the following jurisdictions have completed draft annexes that are also available for public review:

  • City of Ukiah
  • City of Point Arena
  • City of Fort Bragg
  • City of Willits
  • Mendocino County Office of Education

The County and participating jurisdictions are accepting comments on the draft Mendocino Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan through Monday, October 26.

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To view and comment on the draft plan, please http://mitigatehazards.com/mendocino-county/public-review/. More information about the plan update process is available at http://mitigatehazards.com/mendocino-county/.

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  1. An interesting and perhaps inspired idea, seeking public input. I would be happy to look into this – if I see anything promising, or even a bit interesting, I will certainly respond. How do you prefer responses are made; format, etc. I haven’t put my degree in Environmental Planning and Urban design to work for a while, I am now retired and have some time for my community (Fort Bragg) and state.

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