Lincoln County Seeks Public Input on Multi-Jurisdictional Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan

Lincoln County is currently in the process of updating their existing Multi-jurisdictional Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan (NHMP). This work is being performed in cooperation with the University of Oregon’s Institute for Policy Research and Engagement – Oregon Partnership for Disaster Resilience and the Oregon Military Department’s Office of Emergency Management utilizing funds obtained from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Pre-Disaster Mitigation Grant Program. With re-adoption of the plan, Lincoln County will maintain its eligibility to apply for federal funding towards natural hazard mitigation projects.

This local planning process includes a wide range of representatives from city and county government, emergency management personnel, and outreach to members of the public in the form of an electronic survey. This MNHMP also affects the cities of Depoe Bay, Lincoln City, Newport, Siletz, Toledo, Waldport, Yachats, Central Lincoln PUD, Lincoln County School District, and Seal Rock Water District.

A natural hazard mitigation plan provides communities with a set of goals, action items, and resources designed to reduce risk from future natural disaster events. Engaging in mitigation activities provides jurisdictions with a number of benefits, including reduced loss of life, property, essential services, critical facilities, and economic hardship; reduced short-term and long-term recovery and reconstruction costs; increased cooperation and communication within the community through the planning process; and increased potential for state and federal funding for recovery and reconstruction projects.

An electronic version of the updated draft Lincoln County MNHMP is available for formal public comment. To view the draft please visit Lincoln County Website MNHMP Overview and Survey: https://www.co.lincoln.or.us/planning/page/community-input-needed- natural-hazards-mitigation-plan-renewal

Members of the public can provide feedback via the digital feedback form, contacting the Lincoln County Planning and Development Department, Lincoln County Emergency Management or Michael Howard, Director for the Oregon

Partnership for Disaster Resilience at:  mrhoward@uoregon.edu.