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PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Public Input Requested at Town Hall Meeting on County Hazard Mitigation Plan

Public Input Requested at Town Hall Meeting on County Hazard Mitigation Plan

The public is invited to the Santa Barbara County Office of Emergency Management (OEM)’s Town Hall Meeting on Friday, July 15, from 1-2 p.m. at the Goleta Valley Community Center (5679 Hollister Avenue). Citizen input is crucial to creating a more resilient community and your input is appreciated. The subject of the meeting is the Santa Barbara County Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan (Plan), which is required to be updated every five years. The City of Goleta worked with the County on the Plan through its participation on the Mitigation Advisory Committee (MAC) and created the City of Goleta Annex to the Plan. The MAC is comprised of representatives from each of the incorporated cities within Santa Barbara County.

The Plan is a countywide plan that identifies risks and suggests ways to minimize vulnerabilities and damage from natural and manmade disasters. It is a comprehensive resource that serves to enhance public awareness, act as a decision tool for policy makers, enhance local policies for risk reduction capabilities, provide coordination between the cities and the county, and promote compliance with state and federal program requirements. The Plan is required to be updated and revised every five years. Many of the mitigation actions outlined in the plan are in progress or on-going, others have been completed, and some have been deferred due to issues beyond our control.

The Town Hall will consist of a presentation on the planning process that occurred for an update of the Plan, an overview of the Plan itself, the hazards from which Santa Barbara County is at risk and vulnerable to, and a question and answer session. Information on the City of Goleta Annex to the Plan will be available as well, and City staff will be on-hand to answer questions.

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