December 5, 2018
Boulder County releases 2018 Hazard Mitigation Update Report
The report updates the existing Boulder Hazard Mitigation Plan and satisfies FEMA grant funding requirements
Boulder County, Colo. - The Boulder Office of Emergency Management has received approval from the Board of County Commissioners to release and publicize the 2018 Hazard Mitigation Update Report.
The 2018 Hazard Mitigation Update Report updates the existing 5-year Boulder Hazard Mitigation Plan and satisfies FEMA's requirement for the county to conduct a yearly assessment of changes needed to keep the plan current and qualify for applicable FEMA funding. The report also highlights progress made in the past year towards achieving goals outlined in the plan.
The report was presented by Mike Chard, Director of the Boulder Office of Emergency Management, to the Boulder County Commissioners at a public business meeting on Nov. 29, 2018. The report is available for public review on the Boulder OEM website.
The county’s hazard mitigation plan is a 5-year plan that follows a model adopted by FEMA. It serves the purpose of verifying that whole community planning has gone into the creation of a hazard mitigation plan that addresses hazards identified in the plan. Mitigation is defined as any action to reduce or eliminate long term risk to life and property from hazard events.
“Having a 5-year Hazard Mitigation Plan in place that meets FEMA standards insures that Boulder County is now qualified to access pre- and post-disaster mitigation grants,” said Chard. “We take this role seriously and have worked hard to ensure that Boulder County is in the best possible position for mitigating hazards and complying with federal requirements for disaster planning and funding.”
The current hazard mitigation plan expires in 2021, and starting in 2019, the Boulder Office of Emergency Management will begin initiating work on the succeeding 5-year plan.