Sedona AZ (October 29, 2016) – A planning team including the city of Sedona and representatives from other cities, towns and tribes of Yavapai County are participating in a county-wide hazard mitigation planning update process to update the current Yavapai County Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan. The existing plan was previously approved by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) on September 12, 2011.
Local, county, tribal and state governments are required to have a FEMA-approved hazard mitigation plan in order to be eligible for federal hazard mitigation grant funds, and in some cases, other types of disaster funding. The Yavapai County Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan focuses on the communities’ most threatening hazards to people and property and establishes a strategy to reduce the risk from those hazards.
“In Sedona, the most common qualifying hazard we face is flooding, followed by wildfires. And this plan update makes it so we continue to be eligible for grant funding if there ever was an event in which we needed that type of funding,” said David Peck, associate engineer, city of Sedona Public Works Department.
While public comment is currently accepted on the current Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan, the planning team anticipates having a draft of the updated plan in November 2016, at which the public will be able to access to the draft with the opportunity to comment again.
For more information regarding the hazard mitigation planning update process or the plan itself, contact Peck at the city of Sedona Public Works Department at 102 Roadrunner Drive or via email at DPeck@SedonaAZ.gov.