CTUIR hazard planning effort seeking public comment

The Umatilla Indian Reservation experienced several natural and human-caused disasters in recent years – flooding, smoke from wildfires, hazardous materials spills and train derailments, and of course the COVID-19 pandemic. Every five years, CTUIR updates its Hazard Mitigation Plan to identify the greatest threats and hazards facing our community, and how we can best mitigate the impacts.

Hazard Mitigation is any effort to reduce or eliminate the long-term risk to human life and property. Through mitigation planning, we recognize that we can’t stop floods or other events from happening, but we can implement long-term solutions to reduce their devastating impact on residents, families, homes, infrastructure, and our natural resources.

The goal of the Hazard Mitigation Plan is to save lives, property, and natural resources by reducing the vulnerability of the UIR to disaster events. During this project, CTUIR will identify risks, assess capabilities, and formulate a strategy to reduce our community’s disaster vulnerability.

Residents, CTUIR members, and other community stakeholders are invited to engage in the hazard mitigation planning process.  Community members will inform what threats and hazards are the top priorities, shape the mitigation goals that guide the focus of the entire plan, and identify community assets and vulnerable groups to protect.

Join the Committee at our virtual public meeting on Wednesday, May 19 from 2:00 – 4:00 PM as we kick-off the planning process. An additional public meeting will take place in August 2021 when the draft plan is ready for review.

For more information or to register for the virtual public meeting, please visit: https://ctuir.org/departments/public-safety/