Why should I get involved?

The law specifies that this be an “open public process” where the public is given the opportunity to provide comment on all phases of the plan’s development. The reason that this is important is that it is the average citizen that is most severely impacted by the impacts of natural hazards. When these events occur, homes are damaged, functionality of critical facilities is interrupted, services are interrupted, and the economy is impacted; all having a direct impact on the citizen. The principal goal of this plan is to reduce risk. The large majority of the risk exposure within the County is privately held property. It is not possible to identify and implement risk reduction strategies without the support of the property owners targeted by these strategies. Therefore, there must be public support for these initiatives in order for there to be any successful implementation of the recommendations of this plan. 

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1. What is the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000?
2. What is a Local Hazard Mitigation Plan?
3. Who is involved?
4. What is meant by hazard mitigation?
5. What hazards will the mitigation plan address?
6. Will Global Warming/Climate Change be addressed in the Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan?
7. Does the State of Washington have a State Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan?
8. As a citizen, how does this effort affect me?
9. How will it affect my community?
10. What is the Community Rating System?
11. What if my jurisdiction is not a part of the Hazard Mitigation planning process?
12. Why should I get involved?
13. What can I do to support this process?
14. Does it cost me or my jurisdiction anything to produce this plan?
15. Where are the hazards in my area?
16. Where can I get more information about public meeting dates?
17. When will the plan be finished? And… will it be available to the public?
18. How can I get a copy of the Multi-Hazard Mitigation plan once it is finished??
19. Who can I contact for answers to my questions?