County releases natural hazard progress report

A mudslide and fallen trees completely cover both lanes of a paved road.
Monday, October 7, 2019

A report outlining Benton County’s progress regarding natural hazard mitigation and response is available for public review.

The Benton County Multi-Jurisdictional Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan – a summary of progress made toward completing goals to improve functionality during a hazard event – is available online at https://www.co.benton.or.us/sheriff/page/natural-hazards-mitigation-plan-nhmp.

The Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan (NHMP), adopted by a resolution of the Benton County Board of Commissioners in July 2016, is the product of a community effort that included steering committee discussions and examining potential natural hazards and ways to mitigate them. The 2016 Benton County NHMP was prepared in accordance with 44 Code of Federal Regulations Part 201, and was approved by both the State Hazard Mitigation Officer and FEMA Region X. Topics include multi-hazard response, earthquakes, flooding, landslides, winter storms, wind storms, wildfire and drought.

Steering committee members from Benton County’s Emergency Services Division, Community Development Department, Public Works Department, and other departments collaborated to discuss the progress of each high priority action item outlined in the 2016 Benton County NHMP.

Benton County submits this report annually and continues to work towards completing the steps outlined in the Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan to enable the county to be more resilient during hazard events. 

The complete adopted Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan can be viewed online at https://www.co.benton.or.us/sites/default/files/fileattachments/sheriff039s_office/page/6029/natural_hazard_mitigation_plan_2016.pdf.