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City of Falls City 

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Falls City, Oregon 97344



2017 Update of the Falls City Appendix of the Polk Country Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan


How to participate:


  1. Review the 2017 DRAFT Falls City Appendix of the Polk County Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan and provide comments to City Hall at 299 Mill Street, Falls City, Oregon 97344: 2017 DRAFT Falls City Addendum V2

  2. Monitor this tab of the Falls City Website and read the monthly newsletter for updates.

Summary:  The purpose of hazard mitigation planning is to implement projects that eliminate the risk or reduce the severity of hazards on people and property. Mitigation programs may include short and long-term activities to reduce the hazard; reduce exposure to hazards; or reduce the effects of hazards. Mitigation could include better preparation, response and recovery measures.   There are very specific federal requirements that must be met when preparing a Hazard Mitigation Plan: planning process, hazard identification, risk assessment, goals, mitigation programs, actions and projects, and a resolution adopting the plan. 


Background:  In 2009, Polk County adopted a Polk County Multi-Jurisdictional Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan (NHMP).  The NHMP plan expired October 2014.  On July 27, 2016, Polk County hosted a multi-jurisdiction project Kick-Off Meeting to update the plan. The NHMP needs to be updated to regain the eligibility for Federal pre-disaster mitigation project grant assistance from Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).


In 2009, Falls City organized a Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan (NHMP) development Steering Committee that identified hazard threats and developed actions that could be taken to mitigate damage and life losses from those threats. Steering Committee participants included staff, city planner, mayor, public works, fire chief, two members of the planning commission and citizens. This project will update the Falls City NHMP created in 2009.

Plan Update Process: The Oregon Partnership for Disaster Resilience (OPDR) has been contracted with Polk County through Oregon Emergency Management and a Pre-Disaster Mitigation Grant provided by FEMA to assist with the plan update.  This effort will review the existing NHMP for needed revisions and for identification and prioritization of pre-disaster mitigation candidate projects.  Each jurisdiction will participate.  Public comments are welcome.

The updated plan will be sent to FEMA in January 2017 for their review and approval. Once the plan is approved by FEMA, the plan will assist when applying for mitigation funding. This includes earthquake retrofitting, storm water management, elevate/ or relocate structures to avoid riverine flooding, public education, protective measures for utilities, water and sanitary sewer systems, and/ or infrastructure such as roads and bridges, localized flood control projects, and volunteer acquisition of real property for conversion to open space in perpetuity (any hazard).


2009 Polk County Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan:

2009 Falls City Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan:  Falls City Appendix

Project Timeline


July 27, 2016   

Multi-Jurisdiction Project Kick off meeting 

August 2016

  • Falls City City Council NHMP Project Agenda included in the August 11, 2016 Agenda packet.

  • Add a tab to the website for the project and encourage public participation.

  • Public Notice inviting comments. 

August – October 2016

Update the Falls City Appendix of the Polk County Hazardous Mitigation Plan (e.g., community profile, action items, risk assessment, recent flood/wind events…)

October 2016

  • Next Meeting of the Steering Committee.  Steering Committee will review updates to action items & risk assessment.

Mid-July to Mid-August 2017

Oregon Office of Emergency Management (OEM) Review

Mid-August to end of September 2017

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Review

October- November 2017

Local Adoption