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AHMP_photoHazard mitigation is a way to reduce the loss of life, personal injury, and property damage which can result from a disaster. It involves planning, policy changes, projects, and other strategies to lessen the impacts of known hazards before a disaster event occurs.

The Federal Disaster Mitigation Act (DMA) requires state and local governments to develop hazard mitigation plans as a condition of federal disaster grant assistance.

Gem County’s All Hazard Mitigation Plan Update is aimed to meet the needs and concerns of community partners, individually, and as a whole by addressing known hazards, such as dam/canal failures, earthquakes, floods, landslide, severe weather, and wildfire.

This planning process utilizes a multi-jurisdictional Steering Committee, composed of citizens, local stakeholders, schools, planning partners, and representatives from Gem County and the City of Emmett. Their purpose is to guide this update process to meet the needs and concerns of community partners, and ultimately, reduce or eliminate long-term risk to life and property from all hazards.

This committee will meet monthly between now and spring 2018 to organize resources, assess the risk and vulnerability within the county, establish strategies for risk reduction, review mitigation alternatives, and develop an action plan to address probable impacts from natural hazards.

Public involvement is encouraged. Committee participants will seek to keep the public informed regarding the phases of the plan update. Committee meetings will be open to the public and agendas and minutes will be posted to this site. Public meetings will be held at the completion of the hazard analysis and draft update.

Tetra Tech Inc. will assist the County through this mitigation planning process. Funding for this process is made possible by a grant secured by Gem County from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

Approval of this plan from the U. S. Department of Homeland Security Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) provides specified jurisdictions eligibility to apply for hazard mitigation opportunities through the State of Idaho.
Gem County’s Draft All Hazard Mitigation Plan
Click to view Volume I
Click to view Volume II
Click to view the Steering Committee’s meeting agendas & minutes.
Public Comment Period ends on Wednesday, December 19, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.