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Posted on: July 10, 2019

Public Invited to Hazard Mitigation Workshop on July 24th

Residents are invited to participate in a Hazard Mitigation Workshop from 6 to 8 pm. on Wednesday, July 24th at the North Bend Library. City of North Bend is in the process of updating its annex to the King County Hazard Mitigation Plan. Part of this update involves outreach to the community.  

“We want to create an opportunity to learn from citizens regarding the strengths and weaknesses of their community when focusing on hazard mitigation,” Senior Long Range Planner Jesse Reynolds said. “We want to go beyond just writing a technical plan and make the effort to integrate and address the sentiments of the community members.”

The King County Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan is undergoing its five-year, 2020 update between now and December. The update reassesses risks and vulnerabilities to nine natural and seven human-caused hazards and develops strategies to reduce risk to those hazards. Each planning partner, including North Bend, will develop an annex to the plan, including the risk-reduction strategies that are a key output of the plan. The plan is also a requirement for receiving federal Hazard Mitigation Assistance grants.

The City is seeking feedback from North Bend residents that can be incorporated into the plan and to educate community members about hazard mitigation planning in North Bend and the greater King County.

Attendees will learn about King County’s mitigation plan update process and then break into groups to examine and discuss North Bend’s resilience through exploring disaster scenarios. Each group will then present their findings.  

The results from this exercise will be integrated into the plan annex update.  An interactive web map will also be made of the results for continued input from citizens who are not able to make this event.

To learn more about King County’s regional hazard mitigation plan, visit https://kingcounty.gov/depts/emergency-management/emergency-management-professionals/regional-hazard-mitigation-plan.aspx,

For questions and comments about the event, please contact Jesse Reynolds at jreynolds@northendwa.gov or call 425-888-7685. 

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