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Planning together helps keep our community safe

FEMA approves Douglas County’s Local Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan, informed by community partnerships and citizen input

Posted on January 7, 2022 2022Public Safety

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Douglas County’s natural beauty is what draws many of us here. As we enjoy all that this community has to offer, there is also a shared responsibility to keep it safe.

Severe weather like snow and thunderstorms, wildfires, and floods can have a significant impact on our families and communities. Together, we’ve updated our plan to reduce the County’s vulnerability to natural hazards. FEMA formally approved that plan – the Local Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan – this month.

The plan was thoroughly researched and thoughtfully drafted over the last 18 months. In addition to data, the plan was also based largely on your input through online opinion polls, social media surveys, a Local Planning Committee, five public meetings and two public workshops. Overall, more than 200 citizens participated. Douglas County also partnered with the City of Castle Pines, the Town of Castle Rock, the Town of Larkspur, the City of Lone Tree, Town of Parker, Centennial Water and Sanitation, Denver Water, and Parker Water and Sanitation.

According to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, hazard mitigation planning – like the Local Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan that was just completed – and the implementation of risk reduction activities can significantly reduce the physical, financial, and emotional losses caused by disasters. In addition, completing this plan ensures Douglas County is eligible for federal funding in the event of a natural disaster.

“We are thankful to everyone who participated in updating this plan,” said Tim Johnson, director of Douglas County Office of Emergency Management. “We are committed to implementing this plan so we can help reduce our community’s vulnerability to natural hazards and thus reduce or eliminate long-term risk to people and property.”

View the entire plan online.

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