Grays Harbor Emergency Management shared that the Draft Hazard Mitigation Plan for Grays Harbor is now available for both public review and comment.
Officials tell KXRO that in June 2023, a coalition of Grays Harbor County municipalities and special purpose districts started the planning process to prepare for the impacts of disasters with the updated plan.
The 17-day comment period on the draft result of that planning opened over the weekend.
According to officials, the plan comes from responding to federal mandates in the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 (Public Law 106-390), a coalition was formed to pool resources and create a uniform hazard mitigation strategy that can be consistently applied to the defined planning area.
This planning coalition, made up of the County, the Cities and Special Purpose Districts within Grays Harbor County has now completed that effort.
The planning process was led by Grays Harbor County Emergency Management, with support from Bridgeview Consulting, LLC, the primary technical consultant.
The project was funded by a planning grant from FEMA.
During this process, citizens were asked to contribute by sharing local knowledge of the region’s vulnerability to hazards based on past occurrences, as well as identify initiatives that could help reduce the level of impact of those hazards.
Public involvement was solicited via a multi-media campaign that included: press releases; public council/board presentations and meetings; web-based information; Twitter and Facebook feeds; questionnaires, radio interviews, and safety fairs. Many of these efforts were live-streamed or broadcasted.
That process has now culminated with the development of the Draft 2024 Multi-Jurisdiction Hazard Mitigation Plan, which is now available for review and comment at the informational website established for this planning effort at: Hazard Mitigation Planning (graysharbor.us).
The public is highly encouraged to provide input on the draft plan to Grays Harbor County Emergency Management at [email protected] or via phone at (360) 249-3911.
Citizens can also contact the Consultant, Bev O’Dea at [email protected], or via phone at (253) 301-1330.