2021 Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan

February 2021

Every five (5) years, Whatcom County submits a Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan (NHMP) for review and approval by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). It is time to update the plan and submit it to FEMA once again. We are using the 2016 plan as the basis to create the 2021 plan. The purpose of an NHMP is to identify the types of natural hazards that impact a jurisdiction, assess each jurisdiction’s vulnerability to those hazards, and formulate mitigation strategies that will lessen the severity of natural disasters by protecting human life and property. Plans must be reviewed and updated to remain active. This process is very important and allows Whatcom County to receive Federal funding for mitigation and pre-disaster projects to lessen the impact of disasters when they do happen.

FEMA reviews Whatcom County’s plan for accuracy and mitigation measures being considered, underway, or already completed. An updated Whatcom County plan is due to be submitted to FEMA in 2021.

We Want to Hear from You

Part of the review and update process includes opportunities for public comment. We will use your comments on the 2016 plan when we create the 2021 plan. You can comment on the plan as a whole, or only on a specific section. The links below allow you to review the 2016 Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan. Please use the comment form to provide your input. Once the 2021 plan is drafted, it will be made public for comment. Please check back here for updates, or contact your local jurisdiction.

2016 Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan:

On behalf of the Whatcom County Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan planning team, thank you for taking the time to comment!