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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, December 9, 2016
Paul B. Brewster, Senior Planner, Thurston Regional Planning Council, 360-741-2526, or brewstp@trpc.org

Public Invited to Hazard Mitigation Plan Open House
Help map out plans that will lessen the impacts from future disasters

OLYMPIA - Thurston County residents are invited to review local government efforts to reduce losses from future disasters and help update current plans. The Hazards Mitigation Plan for the Thurston Region is a multi-jurisdictional plan that identifies and prioritizes sustained measures that will help communities break the disaster cycle

States, local governments, and tribes perform hazard mitigation planning and adopt federally approved strategies as a precondition for receiving a variety of federal grants. They include Hazard Mitigation, Pre-disaster Mitigation, and Flood Mitigation Assistance programs. These grants finance projects to make our communities safer. To maintain eligibility for these programs, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) requires that communities maintain and update their plans every five years.

Thurston Regional Planning Council (TRPC) is partnering with local governments to update the plan. Community members are invited to attend an open house on Wednesday, December 14 from 5-7 p.m. Attendees will learn about the hazards that pose the greatest risks to the region. Participants can view information about the hazards, how they may pose a risk to their property, and comment on the plan's draft mitigation activities. No presentations are scheduled, but staff will be available to answer questions and solicit feedback for the plan update.

Attendees can-

  • Discover which hazards pose the greatest risk
  • Use interactive maps to see what hazards affect where they live or work
  • View and comment on elements of the Draft Hazards Mitigation Plan
-Goals and objectives
-Mitigation activities
-Share your ideas

What- Thurston County Hazards Mitigation Plan Open House

When- 5pm, Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Where- Thurston County Emergency Management, 9521 Tilley Road S. Olympia WA 98512



County Commissioners:

Carolina Mejia
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3