Payette County began updating its Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan at a July 24 meeting at Fruitland City Hall. The plan examines the risks posed by the natural hazards that affect Payette County and develops strategies to reduce the impacts.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency requires counties to update plans every five years to remain eligible for federal funding for hazard mitigation projects. Payette, Fruitland and New Plymouth are the adopting jurisdictions in the plan along with Highway District #1 and the rural fire departments. The cities and other jurisdictions also intend to adopt 2019-20 plan updates.

The project is funded through a grant from FEMA and facilitated by Payette County Emergency Management. A planning team will work with PCEM throughout the update process. Community input will also play a key role in the update. Public meetings, reviews of the plan and a public comment period will be announced in the future. The update is projected to be completed by July 31, 2020.

The Payette County Office of Emergency Management will be at the Payette County Fair from Thursday through Saturday in the afternoon and evenings at the Payette County Sheriff’s Office Mobile Command

Trailer to answer questions about the plan.

Questions also can be addressed to: Lt. Andy Creech, Payette County Sheriffs Office, (208) 642-6006 ext. 1169, or email: acreech@payettecounty.org

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