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Public meeting on hazard mitigation plan

A meeting to discuss the Archuleta County Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan will be held at the Extension Building at the fairgrounds on Thursday, Dec. 16, at 6 p.m.

Citizens, elected officials and emergency responder personnel are encouraged to attend.

The purpose of the meeting will be to discuss the development of the county’s hazard mitigation plan, with an emphasis on hazards such as floods, wildfires, avalanches and landslides and their potential impacts.

The intent of the plan will be to detail the county’s risk to hazards and outline strategies intended to reduce future losses from these hazards.

The plan is being developed by the county under the guidance of the Archuleta County Hazard Mitigation Planning Committee (HMPC) with assistance from a consultant and a FEMA grant. The planning process has been underway since June of 2010. Hazards have been identified and profiled using input from the planning team and other sources. A quantitative risk assessment has been completed for the more significant hazards, such as flood and wildfire, to detail the risk to the county and Pagosa Springs.

Public awareness of the effort and comment and input on the draft risk assessment is being sought at this meeting.

For more information, contact Mike Legoski at Archuleta County Emergency Management, 731-4799.