ASOTIN - Asotin County Emergency Services announced the beginning of a public review and comment period for the final draft of the updated Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan. Starting on November 30, 2020, the draft can be viewed online on the Asotin County Emergency Services website under the “Hazard Mitigation” link. This public review and comment period will end on December 30, 2020.
The purpose of the public review period is to give residents of Asotin County and interested parties an opportunity to review a draft of the Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan update. People can also ask questions or submit comments to Asotin County Emergency Manager Mark Janowski, or to the planning consultants with Northwest Management, Inc. (see contacts listed below)
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) requires counties to update this plan every five years to remain eligible for federal funding for hazard mitigation projects. Since the summer of 2019, a planning team has been working with Emergency Services to update the previous plan. This planning team consists of representatives from the cities of Clarkston and Asotin, Asotin County Sheriff’s Office, Asotin County Fire District #1, Blue Mountain Fire District, Asotin County Public Works, Asotin County Building and Planning, Asotin County Conservation District, Asotin County Health District, Asotin County Emergency Services, and the Washington State Department of Emergency Management, as well as consultants from Northwest Management, Inc. This update project is funded by a grant from FEMA.
Public meetings were held in January, 2020 at the city council meetings in Asotin and Clarkston to further explain the Hazard Mitigation Plan and its functions, and to describe the update process. A public outreach survey campaign was held from October-November, 2020 to solicit public opinion on various topics related to hazards in Asotin County. Once a final draft of the plan is agreed upon by the planning team and reviewed by all pertinent parties, it will be submitted to the Washington Emergency Management Division and FEMA.