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Public Meeting On Local Disaster Planning In North Fork

Submitted by Christina McDonald –

NORTH FORK – The development of the North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians of California Tribal Hazard Mitigation Plan for approval by the Federal Emergency Management Agency is nearly complete.

Work began on the plan in September 2017 and the tribe anticipates having the plan complete and ready for public and FEMA review in October 2018.

Join the Tribal Pre-Disaster Mitigation Team on Tuesday, Sept. 25th from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at the TANF Office, 57911 Old Mill Site Center  in North Fork. Lunch will be served.

This is an opportunity for the public, both tribal citizens and North Fork community members, to learn about the Tribal Hazard Mitigation Plan. The plan serves as an essential strategy for reducing current and future risks to natural hazards and improving the emergency preparedness of the entire community. We hope everyone will attend this meeting to learn about the plan, mingle with their neighbors and enjoy refreshments.

The Tribe formed a Hazard Mitigation Team made up of tribal and state, county, and local stakeholders to work closely with their consulting team led by Jamie Caplan Consulting LLC. The consulting team has met with the Hazard Mitigation Team several times and is prepared to share a draft plan with the public on Sept. 25.

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. The Plan will focus on the identification, assessment, and mitigation of natural hazards such as wildfires, floods and other potential disaster events.

The entire North Fork community is encouraged to register their cell phone with the Madera County Emergency Warning system so they receive critical warnings. Register at http://www.mcalert.org.

If you have any questions regarding the Tribal Hazard Mitigation Plan, 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 x103 or email: cmcdonald@nfr-nsn.gov.

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