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Posted on: May 4, 2021

Public Workshop - Preparation of Merced County Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan Update

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Merced County and its six participating jurisdictions (City of Merced, City of Atwater, City of Los Banos, City of Livingston, City of Dos Palos, City of Gustine) have launched a planning effort to assess risks from natural, human-health, and human-caused hazards and to identify ways to reduce those risks. The planning process will result in an update to the County’s existing Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan (MJHMP). A MJHMP update is required under the Federal Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 to be eligible to receive federal disaster assistance and funding. 

Most people who live and work in Merced County are vulnerable to a wide range of natural hazards, including drought, climate change, earthquakes, extreme heat, flooding, subsidence, severe weather, and wildfires. The County’s population, property, and critical facilities may be exposed to potential human-caused hazards associated with facilities and infrastructure that contain hazardous materials. The County is also vulnerable to cyber threats, agricultural pests, and public health hazards, such as pandemics. The MJHMP will provide the County with valuable tools to identify risks and mitigate hazards through future project-specific actions. The plan will assess the effects of climate change on natural hazards and will incorporate climate adaptation strategies and discuss how climate change can disproportionately impact socially vulnerable populations. The MJHMP update will also support the County’s participation in the National Flood Insurance Program and include recommendations to improve the County’s floodplain management policies and regulations. 

Merced County will be hosting a Public Workshop on Wednesday, May 12, 2021 from 6 to 8 p.m. The Public Workshop will be an opportunity to learn more about the planning process and the hazards that will be assessed in the MJHMP. Following the Public Workshop, there will be an opportunity for the public to comment on the planning process. The County encourages participation and feedback by attending the Public Workshop, completing the Public Survey, visiting the County’s Project Webpage, and commenting on the Draft MJHMP (once available). Information on how to participate is provided below.

Questions may be directed to David Scheurich, Merced County OES, Battalion Chief/Deputy Director by calling (209) 385-7548 or by email at david.scheurich@fire.ca.gov.

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