• Thu Nov 7th, 2019 11:58am
  • News

In 2018, Clallam County Emergency Management began the process of developing a Hazard Mitigation Plan Update for all jurisdictions that wished to participate in our area. This included the selection of a professional contractor that assists in the building, research and writing of such plans and a program that solicited input not just from local jurisdictions and stakeholders, but the public as well.

The Hazard Mitigation Plan identifies disasters and vulnerabilities, natural and human-caused, that we in our area can face. It then describes these situations and a host of mitigation strategies that can be used to deal with them before they occur.

Emergency Management personnel developed a coalition of representatives from the Cities of Port Angeles, Sequim and Forks; the Jamestown s’Klallam and Lower Elwha Klallam Tribes, and other special entities such as fire districts, the Port and more to create some uniform hazard mitigation strategies for our area. Over this last year, this group met several times to do just that. We were aided in the process by our contractor, Environment and Ecology, Inc. We also held public input forums in 2018 and 2019 in Port Angeles, Forks, and Sequim, and polled folks at the 2019 Home Show in Port Angeles and the Clallam County fair this past August.

This project has been funded in part by a planning grant from FEMA.The completed final draft plan has been posted on the Clallam County Website for the public’s comment. It includes the basic plan and all annexes and attachments for the participating stakeholders as well. Simply go to the Clallam CountyWebsite (Clallam.net) and you can click on the link under current issues on the right of the page. The 1000 plus page document is there for anyone to review and see.

If you do review the document and care to submit a comment, please email Undersheriff Ron Cameron at [email protected] or Emergency Management Coordinator Anne Chastain at [email protected] Leave us your contact information and we will contact you as soon as we can. The draft plan also gives a list of the stakeholders and jurisdictions that participated and you are welcome to contact them as well if your comment should be directed to that jurisdiction.

The plan will remain up for review until Nov. 29, 2019. At that point, depending on public input and adjustments, the plan will be submitted to the State of Washington for their review, and then ultimately to FEMA for their approval. Once that is completed we hope to be able to present to the Board of County Commissioners for the final adoption and of course, the participating jurisdictions can do the same.