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Hazard Mitigation Plan

This page provides information about the update to the Ada County All Hazard Mitigation Plan. Meeting schedules, meeting minutes and other information may be found on this page.

Effective November 1, 2004, a Local Hazard Mitigation Plan approved by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is required for participation in its Hazard Mitigation programs. To ensure that the latest information and analysis is contained in the plan it must be updated every five years.

Mitigation is the cornerstone of emergency management. It's the continuing effort to lessen the impact disasters have on people and property. Mitigation is defined as "sustained action that reduces or eliminates long-term risk to people and property from natural hazards and their effects."

2011 All Hazards Mitigation Plan:

In an effort coordinated by Ada County Emergency Management (ACEM), local governments and districts, have updated the Ada County All Hazards Mitigation Plan. The updated plan includes information on:

  • The seven potential natural hazards of Ada County and dam failure
  • Risk assessments, that include computer modeling, to describe potential losses from these hazards
  • A set of goals, objectives and actions that will guide future mitigation activities within the county
  • A system for implementing and monitoring the plan in the future

This plan update is a complete reformatting of the initial 2006 All Hazards Mitigation Plan. The updated plan is composed of two volumes instead of three. Volume One examines potential disasters and mitigation on a county-wide basis, and identifies desired actions that could reduce risk for the area as a whole. Volume Two is composed of individual annexes for each of the 21 planning partners (local jurisdictions and taxing districts) that participated in this lengthy process. These annexes address specific mitigation actions that each partner has identified as possible methodologies to reduce risk in their area.

Volume 1 Volume 2

Current County Hazard Analysis:

The Goals of the All Hazard Mitigation Plan Update include:
  • Strategically locate and plan mitigation projects that prioritize the protection of people, structures, infrastructure and unique ecosystems that contribute to our way of life and the sustainability of the local economy.
  • Involve the maximum number of planning partners (local governments) that wish to participate in the process.
  • Ensure that the goals, objectives, identified hazards and mitigation strategies coincide with those documented in the most current State of Idaho All Hazards Mitigation Plan.
  • Enhance the risk assessment and analysis of the current plan using the most up to date geographic data and modeling tools available.
  • Create outreach and public education opportunities to display and discuss risk assessment/analysis with the people of Ada County.
  • Meet or exceed all the requirements of a FEMA All Hazards Mitigation Plan as the center point of the community‚Äôs participation in FEMA Hazard Mitigation programs.

Follow what FEMA is doing around the country on the FEMA Facebook Page.

Annual Mitigation Plan Review and Update

As part of the Mitigation Plan maintenance, the planning partners report progress and review mitigation initiatives. This report is compiled annually except for years when a total plan update is completed.

Steering Committee

Steering Committee Mission Statement: Reduce the vulnerability to natural hazards in order to protect the health, safety, welfare and economy of the Ada County community.

Steering Committee Meetings are open to the public. A period of public comment during the meetings will be at the discretion of the Committee Chair.

The Steering Committee will reconvene periodically to discuss current progress and future undates of the plan. Meeting notes will be posted here.

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