INPUT INVITED FOR UPDATES TO EXISTING ALL HAZARDS MITIGATION PLAN

Posted by Engineering on March 16, 2020 9:50 PM

PUBLIC INPUT INVITED FOR UPDATES TO OUR EXISTING ALL HAZARDS MITIGATION PLAN

The Dona Ana County Flood Commission Office and the Office of Emergency Management have joined forces with the City of Anthony, Elephant Butte Irrigation District, the Village of Hatch, the City of Las Cruces, The Town of Mesilla, New Mexico State University and the City of Sunland Park to review and update the existing Dona Ana County All Hazard Mitigation Plan. The goal of mitigation planning is to reduce or eliminate long-term risk to life and property from natural hazard events. Mitigation is not how we respond to emergencies like floods and wildfires, but rather how we as a community prevent the impact of such things in the first place.

The mitigation planning process involves identifying and profiling the natural hazards most likely to occur in a community, assessing the vulnerability to these hazards, and establishing goals, actions, and projects that mitigate the associated risks. The update of this mitigation plan will also ensure continued eligibility for non-emergency, federal and state hazard mitigation grants.

The multi-jurisdictional planning committee comprised of representatives from Doña Ana County, the Cities of Anthony, Las Cruces, and Sunland Park, the Town of Mesilla, the Village of Hatch, the Elephant Butte Irrigation District, and New Mexico State University, meet regularly to review, revise and update the existing All-Hazard Mitigation Plan. The planning committee review, revise, and/or update the following plan elements:

· Natural hazards that may impact or have impacted the community

· Profiles of the most relevant hazards

· Vulnerability assessment to the identified hazards

· Goals and objectives for hazard risk reduction/elimination

· Mitigation actions/projects to achieve the stated goals and objectives

· Plan maintenance strategy for the next 5-year cycle

Public input on the mitigation planning process is important and residents are encouraged to educate themselves about the existing hazard mitigation plan and offer comments on the update. If you wish to review and provide comment on the existing plan or respond via a brief electronic questionnaire, please see the links below.

Dona Ana County All Hazard Mitigation Plan – Questionaire

Existing All Hazards Mitigation Plan – (PDF – 26kb)

For more information, if you would like to request a hard copy of the questionnaire or to review the existing plan at the Flood Commission office, please contact:

Michael Garza – Flood Engineer

Dona Ana County Flood Commission

845 N. Motel Blvd, Room 1-250

Las Cruces, New Mexico 88007 Email: michaelg@donaanacounty.org | Phone: 575-525-5553