Public comment on county plan for averting disaster due March 23

3 19 20 hazardBy Marianne Ratcliff, Editor, Ojai Valley News

What could go wrong in Ventura County, you ask?
Now is the time for the public to weigh in on whether the county government has covered all its bases in its draft plan on potential disasters and how to prepare for them.

The public comment period ends Wednesday, March 23, at 5 p.m. on the hazard mitigation plans for disasters such as quakes, droughts, severe weather, wildfire, etc.
The Ventura County website for emergency preparedness is Click on “Hazards” to see more information.

To comment on the plan by March 23, visit:

To view the two-volume draft Ventura County
Hazard Mitigation Plan, visit:


The previous county 2015 plan can be viewed at:

The update is a multijurisdictional effort overseen by the Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Services in coordination with more than 20 planning partners
( , including the county Watershed Protection District, 10 cities, Ventura County Office of Education, and special-purpose districts.

The purpose of the plan is to:
• Help the community prevent property damage and loss of life associated with hazards and expedite disaster recover.
• Save money by protecting against hazards.
• Ensure communities remain eligible for FEMA funding.
To get involved, the public can:
• View the county government’s interactive story mat at map at
• Learn about hazard mitigation at
• Follow the county's progress at:
• Contact Bonnie Luke at
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.
Next steps in completing the plan are:
— Plan revision / final draft
—Submittal to California Office of Emergency Services for review
— Federal Emergency Management Agency review to obtain approval pending adoption
— Plan adoption by Board of Supervisors and planning partners
— Steering Committee members will receive plan updates via email following the public comment period.

The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Services is overseeing the Hazard Mitigation Plan update process in coordination with the planning partners.
That includes other Ventura County agencies, all 10 incorporated cities located within Ventura County, and 14 special-purpose districts.

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