Payette County will host a public meeting this month to inform the public regarding the update to the Hazard Mitigation Plan. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 14 at the Payette County Courthouse in Payette.

The meeting is designed to educate the people of Payette County about their Hazard Mitigation Plan, answer questions regarding the plan or the planning process, and receive feedback concerning natural hazards within the county. Later this year a public comment period will be announced, giving citizens and interested parties an opportunity to review a draft of the plan.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency requires counties to update this plan every five years to remain eligible for federal funding for hazard mitigation projects. The cities of Payette, Fruitland and New Plymouth, and Highway District 1 are currently recognized jurisdictions in the plan and will adopt the 2020 plan update. The update process began in July 2019 and delivery of the final draft of the plan is anticipated for July 2020.

This project is funded through a grant from FEMA and a planning team has been working with Payette County Office of Emergency Management throughout the update process. The team consists of representatives from local agencies, organizations, governments, and groups. Northwest Management, Inc. has been retained by Payette County to provide risk assessments, hazard mapping, field inspections, interviews, and to collaborate with the planning team to update the plan.

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