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January 10, 2020

Department of Emergency Management seeks input on draft hazard mitigation plan

SKAGIT COUNTY, WA – In response to federal mandates in the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000, a local coalition of Skagit County cities, towns and special purpose districts embarked on a planning process in early 2019 to prepare for regional disasters. Participating organizations combined resources to create a uniform hazard mitigation strategy that can be consistently applied throughout Skagit County.

The planning process was led by Skagit County Department of Emergency Management with support from the Bridgeview Consulting, LLC consulting firm. The nine month planning project was funded through a grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and resulted in the development of the draft 2020 Skagit County Multi-Jurisdictions Hazard Mitigation Plan.

During the initial planning phase, community members were asked to participate in the process by sharing their local knowledge of the region’s vulnerability to disasters and identifying initiatives that could help reduce the level of disaster impact. Community involvement was solicited via a multi-media outreach campaign, including press releases, public council/board presentations and meetings, web-based information, questionnaires, and safety and awareness fairs.   

Now that the planning process is complete, members of the public are encouraged to provide input on the draft 2020 Skagit County Multi-Jurisdiction Hazard Mitigation Plan prior to formal adoption. The draft plan is available for review at www.skagitcounty.net/Departments/EmergencyManagement/main.htm.

Please submit comments to Interim Emergency Management Director Hans Kahl at hkahl@co.skagit.wa.us or (360) 416-1855. The public comment period is open through Monday, January 20, 2020.

Hard copies of the draft mitigation plan are available at Skagit County libraries in Anacortes, Mount Vernon, and Sedro-Wooley.