2018 Hood River County Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan

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Hood River County is updating the Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan. Mitigation plans outline community risk to natural hazards and outline potential actions the County can take to reduce risks to people, property and the local economy BEFORE the next hazard event (e.g., wildfire, winter storm, flood, earthquake, etc.).

The Cities of Cascade Locks and Hood River are creating locally specific sections as well.  If you are    interested in learning more or providing input, contact Nicolia Mehrling at nicolia.mehrling@co.hood-river.or.us The version of the plan adopted in 2012 is available at the Hood River County Emergency Management web page. Drafts of the new plan will be posted there as soon as they are available.

 

The local planning committee updated the hazard priorities for Hood River County in March of 2018:

 

2018 Hazard Analysis

Hazard

History

Probability

Vulnerability

Maximum Threat

Total

Rank

Risk Level

Winter Storm

9

10

9

10

233

1

High

Wildfire

9

9

6

9

201

2

High

CSZ Event

2

6

6

8

156

3

Medium

Landslide

5

7

5

7

154

4

Medium

Drought

4

7

7

6

152

5

Medium

Flood

3

6

3

8

143

6

Medium

Crustal Earthquake

2

4

5

8

137

7

Medium

Windstorm

2

4

4

8

132

8

Medium

Volcano

2

2

5

7

113

9

Low

 

 

The mitigation actions from 2012 included:

 

  • Improved understanding of Landslide Risk and improved Landslide Hazard Area maps
  • Increase and maintain public awareness of severe storms, landslides, and volcanic risks
  • Reduce trees in public utility right-of-ways
  • Establish countywide Wildfire Protection Group
  • Perform forest management in zones relevant to potable water systems
  • Evaluate emergency response plans, public communication methods, and evacuation routes in event of major disaster
  • Enhance debris management/removal programs for storm events
  • Update county zoning ordinances to protect property from hazards (landslides, wildfires, floods)