is the Yuba County Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan?
County Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan is a comprehensive county-wide effort
designed to identify the risks that affect Yuba County and to
mitigate against those risks. In
conjunction with the Cities of Marysville and Wheatland,
local fire departments, reclamation districts, school districts
and others, a comprehensive risk analysis is being completed with
the aid of
a Federal Emergency Management Agency
(FEMA) developed risk analysis software program that calculates
the potential cost of a disaster.
risks have been identified, ways to mitigate against these hazards
can be considered and prioritized. When the plan has been
completed and approved, all local jurisdictions become eligible to
apply for hazard mitigation grants to fund the projects identified
in the plan. The entire process, from the initial
planning meetings, to the risk assessment, to the mitigation
projects are documented in each jurisdictions' final hazard
mitigation plan, as well as in the county-wide
scope of work that won Yuba
County the largest planning grant award in the nation is both
detailed and ambitious. It includes a large public outreach
portion, including the development of an informational website and
the creation and distribution of a series of brochures to educate
the public about the necessity of hazard mitigation. The
inclusion of all jurisdictions and the gathering of area
stakeholders is a monumental task that is a major component of any
hazard mitigation plan. The comprehensive
GIS mapping component is
one of the major reasons for the large grant award.
are no one-size-fits-all templates for developing a multi-hazard
mitigation plan. There are common elements
between plans, but each plan, by necessity, will be different in
order to reflect the unique hazards, conditions, and
characteristics of each district. district.
is the Plan being funded?
The Yuba County Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan is funded through a FEMA grant
award. The award was the largest planning grant awarded in the nation, and
is significant for a small, rural county
whose history is plagued with devastating floods, fires, and
agricultural disasters. The Yuba County Multi-Hazard Mitigation plan also
satisfies the requirements of the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 (DMA
2000), which mandates that all state and local governments create and
maintain a multi-hazard mitigation plan in order to remain eligible for
hazard mitigation funds after a disaster. Completion of the plan will allow
Yuba County to apply for hazard mitigation grants to complete projects that
reduce or eliminate the risks to the citizen of Yuba County.
County Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan is a multi-jurisdictional plan
that incorporates all local governments and special districts,
community service districts, cemetery districts, fire department
and fire protection districts, school districts, reclamation
districts, water and irrigation districts, private and public
organizations, and numerous departments within Yuba County. Private businesses, utilities, state organizations and federal
departments are also providing aid and information in the
development of the Yuba County Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan. These identified stakeholders are hard at work gathering asset
information and conducting hazard risk assessments, while making
contacts and developing a spirit of cooperation that will help
ensure the public's safety when the next disaster strikes.
Of course, no plan
would be truly comprehensive without the inclusion of the biggest stakeholder,
the community. Citizens throughout the county have been helping in risk
assessment, asset inventory, even in plan development in some cases. Without the
participation of the community, any mitigation plan would be incomplete.
all jurisdictions required to participate?
Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 (DMA 2000) requires all local
jurisdictions complete a hazard mitigation plan in order to
receive hazard mitigation funds in the future. Most
jurisdictions with Yuba County are participating and will be a
part of the County-wide plan. The Dobbins-Oregon House Fire
Protection District, Peoria Cemetery District, and Yuba County
Water Agency have taken it a step further, creating their own
exhaustive multi-hazard mitigation plans. Dobbins-Oregon
House FPD and the Peoria Cemetery District completed their plans
entirely through the work of community volunteers who worked with
county mitigation staff.
will the Plan accomplish?
County Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan will create a safer, more
responsive Yuba County. The plan
will identify the hazards that affect the County and will pinpoint
the most troubling occurrences and locations during the risk
assessment process. Plans and projects will then be
identified to mitigate against these hazards. Once these
projects are identified in the approved hazard mitigation plan,
the jurisdiction's governmental entity can apply for future grants
to fund these projects. This means that your tax dollars
will be returned to you in the form of increased safety and
decreased costs after a disaster. In
addition to making the County safer, the plan provides a forum for
collaboration, establishing the groundwork for future inter-agency
cooperation in pre-disaster planning and emergency preparedness.