Public invited to weigh in on hazard mitigation plan for El Paso County

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Plan identifies local hazards, develops strategies to reduce risk and impact of disasters

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The Pikes Peak Regional Office of Emergency ManagementThe City and County are consolidating their Offices of Emergency Management in an effort to optimize staff resources, establish a single point of contact during major incidences and enhance communication both during and after an event. The new office, the Pikes Peak Regional Office of Emergency Management (PPR-OEM) will support operations during a disaster or emergency in El Paso County and Colorado Springs.Because disaster knows no jurisdictional boundaries, we can most efficiently prepare for an emergency and respond to one by coordinating our efforts on a regional basis. The establishment of the PPR-OEM will allow the county and the city to more effectively coordinate and assist first responders in an emergency as well as preparing the government and the community for a disaster. (PPROEM) is updating the El Paso County Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan and invites the public to provide input through July 21. The plan continues efforts to identify, assess, and prioritize goals and actions for mitigating the effects of natural and human-caused hazards in El Paso County. 

The survey will:

  • Help emergency managers learn more about the public’s perceptions and opinions regarding hazards in the community
  • Identify preferred methods and techniques for reducing the risks and losses associated with each hazard. 
  • Improve public/private coordination, mitigation, and risk reduction efforts in El Paso County

The public is invited to learn more about the hazard mitigation process and to complete a survey focused on Community Assets, Goals, and Actions. 

 “We count on our citizens' input to help improve mitigation efforts and reduce the risk of disaster in El Paso County. Developing a mitigation plan that addresses the unique needs of our community helps to break the cycle of rebuilding after a disaster, only to have repeated damage in the future. It also provides a framework for developing feasible and cost-effective projects that could prevent future damage,” said Mike Schaub, Recovery and Mitigation Manager, Pikes Peak Regional Office of Emergency Management.

A requirement for many communities, the Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan, serves to identify natural and human-caused disasters that may impact the community. Mitigating local hazards can help reduce or eliminate the risk of loss of life, injury, and/or property damage. Thus, aiming to reduce the likelihood that a hazard will result in a disaster. Examples of natural human-caused hazards include: wildfire, hail, flood, drought, winter storms, earthquake, landslide, extreme acts of violence, pandemic, or hazardous material spills. 

This plan updates and consolidates the 2015 El Paso County Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan and the 2016 City of Colorado Springs Hazard Mitigation Plan to include El Paso County, the City of Colorado Springs, and the jurisdictions within El Paso County. It is prepared pursuant to the requirements of the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 to achieve eligibility for FEMA hazard mitigation grant programs including:

  • Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP)
  • Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM)
  • Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA)
  • Severe Repetitive Loss (SRL)
  • Repetitive Flood Claim (RFC)

 

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 ("ADA"), the Pikes Peak Regional Office of Emergency Management will not discriminate against individuals with disabilities. Anyone requiring assistance to view the plan or provide comments should make the request to the Pikes Peak Regional Office of Emergency Management at Mikeschaub@elpasoco.com, or by calling 719-520-6577.

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