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Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan Public Workshop

April 13, 2021 , 6:30 pm 8:00 pm

Description of this event provided by the Whatcom County Sherriff’s Office:

“Every five (5) years, Whatcom County submits a Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan for review and approval by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. It is time to update the plan and submit it once again. The purpose of the Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan is to identify the natural hazards that impact Whatcom County and its jurisdictions, assess each jurisdiction’s vulnerability to those hazards, and formulate mitigation strategies that will lessen the severity of natural disasters by protecting human life and property. The Federal Emergency Management Agency reviews Whatcom County’s plan for accuracy and mitigation measures being considered, underway, or already completed. The updated Whatcom County plan will be submitted in June of 2021.

According to Whatcom County Sheriff Bill Elfo, “Our Whatcom County hazard mitigation planning will help reduce loss of life and property damage from our natural hazards. Our work locally is strengthened with public involvement and public understanding of the natural disaster risks and vulnerabilities that face our community.”

The next opportunity for public involvement is April 13th from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM. The meeting will be held virtually and pre-registration is required by visiting:


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

If residents are unable to attend, but would like to read, or comment on the plan, they can make online comments by visiting the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office Division of Emergency Management Website (https://www.whatcomcounty.us/3569/2021-Natural-Hazards-Mitigation-Plan) then select “Comment on the 2021 Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan” at the end of the page.

This process is very important and allows Whatcom County to receive Federal funding for mitigation and pre-disaster projects to lessen the impact of disasters when they do happen.


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