March 8, 2019

Clackamas County
Pre-Disaster Mitigation Planning

PRESS RELEASE

DATE: March 8, 2019

TO: Stephanie Warneke, Communications Specialist.

FROM: Steve Campbell, Emergency Manager

SUBJECT: Press Release for Happy Valley addendum to the Clackamas County Multi-Jurisdictional Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan Update – Notice and Opportunity for Public Comment

For Immediate Release  

Happy Valley seeks additional public input on
update to Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan

(Happy Valley, OR) – Happy Valley is in the process of updating their existing Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan (NHMP). This work is being performed in cooperation with the University of Oregon’s Institute for Policy Research and Engagement – Oregon Partnership for Disaster Resilience and the Oregon Military Department’s Office of Emergency Management utilizing funds obtained from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Pre-Disaster Mitigation Grant Program. With re-adoption of the plan, Happy Valley will maintain its eligibility to apply for federal funding towards natural hazard mitigation projects. This local planning process includes a wide range of representatives from city and county government, emergency management personnel, and outreach to members of the public in the form of an electronic survey.

A natural hazard mitigation plan provides communities with a set of goals, action items, and resources designed to reduce risk from future natural disaster events. Engaging in mitigation activities provides jurisdictions with a number of benefits, including reduced loss of life, property, essential services, critical facilities, and economic hardship; reduced short-term and long-term recovery and reconstruction costs; increased cooperation and communication within the community through the planning process; and increased potential for state and federal funding for recovery and reconstruction projects.

An electronic version of the updated draft Happy Valley NHMP addendum will be available for formal public comment beginning March 12, 2019. To view the draft please visit: www.happyvalleyor.gov

If you have any questions regarding the Happy Valley NHMP addendum or the update process in general, please contact: Steve Campbell, Director of Community Services & Public Safety (503) 783-3818 or stevec@happyvalleyor.gov ; or Michael Howard, Assistant Program Director for the Oregon Partnership for Disaster Resilience at (541) 346-8413 or mrhoward@uoregon.edu.

Happy Valley Addendum DRAFT