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PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Friday, July 8, 2011

County Officials Seek Public Input tothe Draft Hazard Mitigation Plan

Is your home or office building susceptible to damage from earthquakes, wildfires, floods, or utility service interruption?


Do you want to increase the chances that you can recover from disasters and prevent future damage from these and other natural hazards?

Public review and comment is being solicited for the Review Draft of the Santa Barbara County Local Hazard Mitigation Plan 2011 Update. This plan is currently under review by Cal EMA and FEMA to ensure compliance with the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 allowing the County and participating cities to maintain eligibility to receive federal mitigation grant funding. This plan identifies the primary natural hazards of risk and presents measures to increase resiliency throughout Santa Barbara County.

The County has been successful in receiving mitigation grants since the original development of this plan in 2005. Currently, the County has received grant funding to seismically retrofit the Santa Maria Courthouse building.

A PDF version of the review draft may be downloaded from www.countyofsb.org/ceo/oes. Public comments are encouraged. Please direct any questions or comments to the County’s consultant: Corinne Bartshire at cbartshire@dewberry.com or 916.380.3776 or the County Emergency Manager: Richard Abrams at rabrams@countyofsb.org or 805.681.5526.

Comments received prior to July 22nd will be considered for incorporation in the plan prior to adoption by the Board of Supervisors. Comments received after this date will be held for consideration in future updates to this plan.

Note: Annexes to this plan, for each incorporated City, are under development. Separate opportunities for public review will be announced and coordinated by each City.

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