Montrose County along with each participating jurisdiction will develop an update to the 2009 Multi-jurisdiction Hazard Mitigation Plan (MJHMP) to reduce losses resulting from natural disasters. Hazard mitigation is the use of long-term actions to reduce the loss of life, personal injury, and property damage that can result from a disaster. Benefits of mitigation planning include:
- Identifying actions for risk reduction that are agreed upon by stakeholders and the public,
- Focusing resources on the greatest risks and vulnerabilities,
- Building partnerships by involving citizens, organizations, and businesses,
- Increasing education and awareness of threats and hazards, as well as their risks,
- Communicating priorities to State and Federal officials, and
- Aligning risk reduction with other community objectives.
Planning efforts could include capital projects and other pragmatic activities that can mitigate the impacts of hazards. The 2017-18 MJHMP Update will cover each of the major natural hazards that pose risks to County infrastructure and residents. Recognizing that successful mitigation planning efforts must be communicated and understood by the public, the County approach will include stakeholder participation and input with the use of cutting edge GIS technology to map and updated the hazard information for each hazard profiled in 2017 – 18 MJHMP.
The 2017-18 update will include, at a minimum, the jurisdictions listed below. It is understood that the county encompasses vast areas of land controlled by federal and state land management agencies, including the U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, and Bureau of Reclamation as shown in the map figure. While the federal government ultimately has jurisdiction in these parts of the County, the Hazard Mitigation Plan could also be used to document and coordinate mitigation efforts between federal and local jurisdictions. In addition, it will be important to invite organizations such as public and private utility companies to be stakeholders during the update process. The following jurisdictions will meet FEMA guidelines and requirements as a formal participating agency:
- City of Montrose
- Town of Olathe
- Town of Nucla
- Town of Naturita
Fire Protection Districts
- Crawford Fire Protection District Number 5
- Montrose Fire Protection District
- Norwood Fire Protection District
- Nucla-Naturita Fire Protection District
- Olathe Rural Fire Protection District
- Paradox Fire Protection District
Important to note: Each participating Agency will have a standalone Annex as part of the 2017-18 updates and enhancements.
UPDATE REQUIREMENTS AND DMA 2000
A current and approved hazard mitigation plan is a prerequisite for jurisdictions wishing to pursue funding under the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) if a State or Federal disaster should occur. The Robert T. Stafford Act constitutes the statutory authority for most Federal disaster response and recovery activities especially as they pertain to FEMA and FEMA programs.
On October 30, 2000, the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act was amended by Public Law 106-390 and is referred to as the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 (DMA 2000). As a DMA 2000 requirement, the Montorse County MJHMP must be updated every five (5) years to remain in compliance with regulations and Federal mitigation grant conditions. Federal regulations require hazard mitigation plans to include a plan for monitoring, evaluating, and updating the hazard mitigation plan. A current and approved hazard mitigation plan is a prerequisite for jurisdictions wishing to pursue funding under the Robert T. Stafford Act.
PROJECT FUNDING INFORMATION
Montrose County was awarded a FEMA grant (DR-4229) to complete the MJHMP update under the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP). This grant was awarded to the County as a subgrantee under Colorado DHSEM to support mitigation planning in the Montrose region. Using these funds, the County has contracted with Dynamic Planning + Science (DP+S) to update the County’s current local Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan. DP+S will provide on-site process facilitation, stakeholder outreach, data collection and analysis, plan writing, and strategy development.