Emergency Managers Seek Input on Local Risks for Mitigation Plan Update

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Clark County and area emergency officials are asking community members to participate in an investigation until August 31 to gather public input on key hazards facing Southern Nevada and to support community resiliency. The 11-question survey is part of a joint effort to update the county’s Multi-Jurisdictional Risk Mitigation Plan (MJHMP).
It is available here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ClarkCountyMJHMP2023

The County Risk Mitigation Plan is updated every five years in cooperation with the cities of Boulder City, Henderson, Las Vegas, North Las Vegas, Mesquite, Las Vegas Band of Paiutes, Moapa Band of Paiutes, the Clark County School District (CCSD), the Clark County Water Reclamation District (CCWRD), the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, and the Las Vegas Valley Water District. This is an opportunity to reassess the risks posed by natural, technological and man-made disasters and identify ways to mitigate these risks. The planning process will culminate in an updated county plan in 2023.

“We encourage countywide participation in the survey among our residents and businesses in both rural and urban areas of our community,” said Clark County Deputy Fire Chief Billy Samuels, who oversees the management office. fire department emergencies. “The survey will also tell us about the preparedness of our residents so that we can work to meet the needs as part of our future risk mitigation planning.”

The main hazards identified in previous updates were communicable diseases, wildfires, floods, earthquakes and extreme heat. Power outages can also be sporadic issues. Participation in the survey is anonymous. Through the survey, residents of Southern Nevada can share which hazards they believe have the greatest impact on the community. Survey responses will provide planners with insight into public preferences and valuable insight into the needs of vulnerable populations. The aim is to ensure that those who may be disproportionately affected by disasters are taken into account in updating the plan.

The Federal Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 requires disaster mitigation plan updates for communities to remain eligible to continue to receive certain forms of non-emergency disaster assistance. Update requirements are also set by the State of Nevada and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

The county’s existing 2018 MJHMP can be viewed on the Fire Department’s Office of Emergency Management website pages at https://tinyurl.com/5n69k2f5. A draft of the 2023 MJHMP is expected to be released for public review in late spring 2023. ###

Clark County is a dynamic and innovative organization dedicated to providing superior service with integrity, respect and accountability. With jurisdiction over the famous Las Vegas Strip and covering an area the size of New Jersey, Clark is the 11e-the largest county and provides extensive regional services to 2.3 million citizens and 45.6 million visitors per year (2019). Included are the 8 of the natione– Busiest airport, air quality compliance, social services and the largest public hospital in the state, University Medical Center. The county also provides municipal services that are traditionally provided by cities to 1 million people in the unincorporated area. These include fire protection, roads and other public works, parks and recreation, and planning and development.

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