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North Fork Rancheria Adopts Hazard Mitigation Plan

NORTH FORK – On Feb. 21, the North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians of California officially adopted their Tribal Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan, approved by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

The approval of this plan ensures that the North Fork Rancheria continues to be eligible for project grants under FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Assistance programs, including Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, Pre-Disaster Mitigation Program, and Flood Mitigation Assistance Program, as well as Public Assistance (Categories C-G).

“The North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians would like to thank everyone who participated in the planning process,” say tribal officials. “This includes tribal citizens, North Fork citizens, the Tribal Mitigation Planning Team and key stakeholders such as the American Red Cross, Cal OES, CalFire, California Highway Patrol, Madera County Board of Supervisors, Madera County Sheriff’s Office, PG&E, Sierra National Forest and the U.S. Forest Service.”

The purpose of the Hazard Mitigation Plan is to identify, assess and mitigate the tribe’s natural hazard risks such as wildfires, floods, and other potential disaster events, and determine how to best minimize and manage those risks. It also serves as an essential strategy for improving the emergency preparedness of the entire community.

The Tribal Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan is eligible for all levels of funding until Feb. 26, 2024 – a period of five years.

The Plan is available online and in the Tribal Government Offices for review by the public. The entire North Fork community is welcome to review the plan at any time.

Everyone in the North Fork community is encouraged to register their cell phone with the Madera County Emergency Warning System to receive critical warnings. Register at http://www.mcalert.org.

If you have any questions regarding the Plan, please contact the Rancheria’s Environmental Director Christina McDonald at 559-877-2461 x103 or email cmcdonald@nfr-nsn.gov.

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