Natural disasters and climate change effects are increasing in both frequency and impact nationwide. The Coconino County Emergency Management is seeking public participation in the Hazard Mitigation Planning Survey to update its Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan (MJHMP). The MJHMP guides county-wide efforts to reduce the risk of hazards such as fires and floods.
Public participation in the survey is key to development because it provides planners with insight into public preferences and community knowledge about the county. It also accounts for the needs of vulnerable populations and those who may be disproportionately affected by disasters.
The MJHMP is the principal qualification for localities to receive state and federal hazard mitigation and disaster relief funds which can be applied to risk management projects such as brush or drainage clearing to reduce wildfire and flooding risk. Disaster relief funding helps communities pay the immense costs inherent in responding to and recovering from disasters.
The project will be led by Constant Associates, an emergency management consulting firm hired by the county, and is expected to be completed by March.