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North Fork Rancheria Hosts Workshops On Hazard Mitigation Plan

NORTH FORK — The North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians invites the community to participate as they develop a Tribal Hazard Mitigation Plan for approval by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

First and foremost, the mitigation plan will serve as an essential strategy for reducing current and future risks from natural hazards such as wildfire, flooding and windstorms, thereby improving the emergency preparedness of the entire community.

Tribal citizen participation is essential, says Christina McDonald, Environmental Director for the North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians of California, and both Tribal citizens and non-members are welcome to attend.

Everyone is encouraged to join the Tribal Pre-Disaster Mitigation Team on Wednesday, Jan. 24, from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. or from 6 to 7 p.m. at the North Fork Rancheria Community Center to learn about the process and share your ideas for reducing risk and becoming less vulnerable to natural hazards. Food and refreshments will be served.

The purpose of the Hazard Mitigation Plan is to identify and assess the Tribe’s natural hazard risks and determine how to best minimize and manage those risks.

Once approved by FEMA, the plan will make the Tribe eligible to apply for pre- and post-mitigation project grant funding through FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) programs and other non-emergency disaster assistance. A draft plan is scheduled for completion and review in August 2018.

If you have any questions regarding the public meeting, or would like to learn about more ways you can participate in the development of the Tribal Hazard Mitigation Plan, please contact Christina McDonald, Environmental Director by phone: 559-877-2461 ext. 103 or email cmcdonald@nfr-nsn.gov.

North Fork Rancheria Community Center is located at 56900 Kunugib in North Fork.

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