Friday, December 9, 2016  

Suquamish Tribe Emergency Management

SUQUAMISH TRIBE MULTI HAZARD MITIGATION PLAN
OPEN FOR PUBLIC COMMENT
NOVEMBER 1-15, 2016

The purpose of hazard mitigation is to reduce or eliminate long-term risk to people and property from hazards. The Suquamish Tribe developed this Hazard Mitigation Plan to make the Port Madison Indian Reservation and its residents less vulnerable to future hazard events. This plan was prepared pursuant to the requirements of the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 so that the Tribe would be eligible for the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Pre- Disaster Mitigation and Hazard Mitigation Grant programs.

The Tribe followed a planning process prescribed by FEMA, which began with the formation of a Hazard Mitigation Planning Committee comprised of key tribal representatives, community members, and other local stakeholders. The Planning Committee conducted a risk assessment that identified and profiled hazards that pose a risk to the Tribe, assessed the Reservation’s vulnerability to these hazards, and examined the capabilities in currently in place to mitigate them.

The Reservation is vulnerable to several hazards that are identified, profiled, and analyzed within this Plan. Earthquake, landslides, floods, severe storms, tsunami, drought, and wildfires are among the hazards that can have a significant impact on the Reservation. Based upon the risk assessment review and goal setting process, the Planning Committee developed the following goals for this plan:

Goal 1:  Increase public awareness of vulnerability to hazards.

Goal 2:  Minimize the risk from hazards to existing and proposed development, tribal assets, and culturally sensitive sites.

Goal 3:  Reduce the loss of life and personal injuries from hazard events.

Goal 4:  Assess needs for multi-program participation. 

The Plan establishes a series of specific mitigation strategies that were developed collaboratively by the Planning Committee with the intent to meet the identified goals. These strategies provide a basis for continued planning to develop specific action plans. These will be implemented over time and can provide a means to measure progress towards hazard reduction. The Plan also lists Plan update and maintenance procedures.

Click Here To View The Draft Plan!

Please send any questions or comments sent to Cherrie May, Emergency Management Coordinator at (360) 394-8507 or cmay@suquamish.nsn.us by November 15, 2016.

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