25 thoughts on “2016 Final Plan

  1. As of May 19th, 2017, we have received a FEMA letter indicating that they will approve the Plan for Jefferson County and the City of Port Townsend as soon as FEMA receives proof of adopting the Plan. Images of the adoption resolutions are contained in Appendix “F” of the Plan.

    On May 22nd, we replied to the State EMD with copies of the adoption resolutions. We are now waiting on FEMA’s final approval letter for the City and the County.

    The “Final v5” in the Draft 2016 Page is the version that FEMA has approved for the City and the County.

    FEMA still has some issues with the presentation of the Special Districts. We have created a Version 6 (v6) that contains most of the changes that FEMA wanted or else has documented why those changes are either not made at this time or contradict some FEMA policies. As soon as the new Plan Review Tool is updated, we will send Version 6 to FEMA for review. Each participating jurisdiction is receiving a copy of their section for review to make sure we have not put new errors into it while making the updates.

  2. We have received the FEMA review and a list of mandatory changes. We are currently working on them and will update sections as they are completed.

  3. Draft Version 5 has been sent to the Washington State Hazard Mitigation Program Manager for the formal review. There are still minor changes to be made, but these involve documenting the adoption of the Plan by the three remaining Special Purpose Districts, and do not affect the content of the Plan.

  4. The “Power Outage” topic in “Man-made Hazards – M-Z” has been updated to reflect a massive coronal hole currently transiting the sun. This has the potential to create a geomagnetic storm that interferes with power and electronics.

  5. The final version of the Plan has been posted for review. There are still minor changes and two adoptions scheduled in late January. Once those are complete, we will send the Plan to the WA Hazard Mitigation Manger to forward to FEMA for approval. The State has already said it is “good-to-go.” You have until about January 28th to get in any additional changes that might be appropriate.

  6. Changes to pages 32, 359, 373, 539, and 622 have been made and posted at the request of Jefferson Healthcare Medical Center representatives. I have also made minor corrections to errors uncovered while making these changes.

    As I start to finish up sections, you will see them posted as Version 5 (V5), even though additional edits may still be coming.

  7. Version 4 of the Hazard Mitigation Plan has now been updated and should be synchronized with the hardcopy versions. From this point forward, all changes and updates will go into Version 5, which is the version that will be sent to FEMA for approval when it is complete. We are expecting one last set of changes by the end of the third week in January, so that will also be the cut-off for unexpected changes. The goal is to submit the Plan to FEMA by the end of January.

  8. The State of Washington Emergency Management Division has looked over Version 4 of the Plan and said it is ready to go to FEMA for review and approval after some minor changes. In the meantime, we have had additional input from stakeholders and the public. We will update the Version 4 files on the website tonight so that they are in sync with the three hardcopies in the public venue: at the County, the City, and the Hospital.

    Subsequently, all changes will be made to Version 5, which will be the final complete version to be sent to FEMA.

  9. Under Public Health Hazards, the following minor changes should be made:
    Page 207: The following should be added to the bullet list of Impacts/Effects:
    -Pharmaceutical Interventions such as mass distribution of antibiotics, antiviral medications and/or vaccines.
    -Non-Pharmaceutical Interventions including, but not limited to social distancing, isolation and quarantine, health education, and respiratory etiquette.

    On page 211, under Vulnerabilities, the second sentence in the paragraph following the statute and administrative code citations should be eliminated. Jefferson County no longer shares a health officer with Clallam County.

  10. Draft Version 4 is now updated online. It is complete except for Appendix F, Public Participation Documentation, which is under construction. This appendix affects the approval by FEMA, but does not affect any representation or commitment made by the participants. This version is to be used for review and approval by participating jurisdictions.

  11. Here is a comment from Local 20/20’s Climate Change Preparedness action group regarding the Section II Public Health Emergency section:

    You may want to add to that section a reference from the NOPRCD report on page 21 which states “The projected changes in precipitation patterns along with changes in temperatures for the region will likely have substantial impacts on: … Human health (through both direct exposure to flooding, extreme heat, and vector born disease and indirect impacts such as changes to diet and mental health) . The report references the work of University of Washington, Climate Impacts Group, 2013. Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation in Washington State: Technical Summaries for Decision Makers.

  12. Here is a comment from Local 20/20’s Climate Change Preparedness action group regarding the Section II Landslides section:

    The draft hazard mitigation plan currently states “Probability of Future Events: High –Jefferson County experiences multiple winter storms each year that have the potential to saturate soils and precipitate landslides in the hilly topography of the county.” You may want to add to this the increased extreme precipitation reference noted above: the NOPRCD report on page 20 states “Specifically, events in Washington State with more than 1 inch of rain falling in 24 hours are projected to increase 13% by the 2050s.”

  13. Here is a comment from Local 20/20’s Climate Change Preparedness action group regarding the Section II Heat Wave section:

    The draft hazard mitigation plan currently states “Probability of Future Events: Moderate –Climatic changes may be impacting the frequency and
    duration of extended heat events on the Olympic Peninsula.” You might want to add to this the specific projections sited in the NOPRCD report, page 14: “Slight increase in days over 90°F (8 +/- 7 days) for PNW with limited increase in days over 95°F on the Olympic Peninsula.”

  14. Here is a comment from Local 20/20’s Climate Change Preparedness action group regarding the Section II Natural Hazards / Flood section:

    The draft hazard mitigation plan currently states “Probability of Future Events: High –The probability of severe winter storms in Jefferson County is 100%. Jefferson County’s climate does not normally get the severe cold resulting in blizzards, therefore, winter storms contain a lot of rain that often causes flooding.” It might be worth including the specific projection referenced in the NOPRCD report on page 20 “Specifically, events in Washington State with more than 1 inch of rain falling in 24 hours are projected to increase 13% by the 2050s.”

    Additionally, it may be worth noting in the Flooding section where it refers to tidal flooding that sea level rise will contribute to tidal flooding, and you may want to reference the sea level rise maps and projections from the NOPRCD report. Also, it may be worth noting that the FEMA maps do not include climate change projections.

  15. Here is a comment from Local 20/20’s Climate Change Preparedness action group regarding the Section II Natural Hazards / Drought section:

    The summary currently notes that ““Probability of Future Events: Moderate – Climatic changes may be impacting the frequency and duration of drought conditions on the Olympic Peninsula” , which is consistent with the NOPRCD report. Note that the report has some additional detail which may be worth including. On page 18 of the NOPRCD report there is a table that shows future projections for precipitation, including “Little average annual change – with dryer summers (-6% to -8% average decrease). Continued declining snowpack with significant
    loss of snowpack in Olympics by 2080.” It includes references for those projections.

  16. Below are a few comments from Local 20/20 regarding the 5 year action plan matrix in the Executive Summary.

    For the Drought Mitigation Actions, the NOPRCD report developed a set of 25 adaptation actions related to water supplies, and most of them are relevant to drought mitigation. For example, “WS-3: Promote and incentivize smart irrigation technologies for agriculture”.

    Also, for the flood mitigation actions, see the Water Supply and the Critical Infrastructure strategies for additional actions. For example, “CI-17: Encourage relocation of infrastructure outside of coastal flood zone”; “WS-5: Enhance efforts to educate home and business owners on the value of on-site water conservation, retention, and catchment”; and “CI-11: Install tide gates, “duckbill” valves for stormwater outfall infrastructure where needed.” Note also that the flood mitigations should consider coastal flooding related to sea level rise and storm surge.

    And regarding wildfire risk, it is great to see the role emergency management has taken in promoting education and the Firewise program. Another strategy identified in the NOPRCD report related to wildfire is “E-4: Update municipal codes to account for enhanced fire risk at forest/residential interface where needed.”

    See for the report, and Appendix A for the strategies.

  17. Thank you for working to integrate climate change impacts into this plan! Local 20/20 has prepared a set of comments where additional information from the Climate Change Preparedness Plan for the North Olympic Peninsula document may be appropriate to include in this hazard mitigation plan. (See for the preparedness plan, I will refer to it in my various comments as the NOPRCD report.) I am submitting these comments on behalf of Local 20/20’s Climate Change Preparedness action group.

    To start, in section II, the revision summary notes that a section on climate change was added, but it looks like the section on climate currently describes the historical climate; the projections with climate change are different in a variety of ways. The Executive Summary of the NOPRCD report has a good overall summary of the climate change projections on page I, and a table on page II, that would be great to include in this plan. Also note that including climate change in this hazard mitigation plan ties in with one of the climate adaptation strategies of the NOPRCD report – “CI-1: Update emergency management and response planning to include climate change where needed”, so thank you for making progress on this strategy! (The adaptation strategies from the NOPRCD report can be found in Appendix A.)

  18. The following sections were updated as of 5/8/2016: City of Port Townsend, Jefferson County, Special Districts, and Mitigation Activities. This does not mean that they are completed – only that new information has been added or edited and posted online for review.

  19. All of the 2016 Draft Sections have been updated through work completed by April 1, 2016. We are now working on the City of Port Townsend, Jefferson County, and the “Coordinating Entity” sections.

  20. During the initial development of the website, we blocked the URL from search engines. We now have enough in the Draft document that we have taken the block off and opened for public review. If you have ideas or suggestions, please leave a comment. We will take all legitimate suggestions, ideas, and comments seriously – with the objective of improving the final document and the resiliency of the region to survive a major event.

  21. The City of Port Townsend has received notice of a Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) grant award to update the existing Hazard Mitigation Plan, which expired on June 6, 2015. The draft grant contract from FEMA is under review.

    Due to the length of time it has taken to get funding for this project, we are going to relabel the Plan as the “2016” Plan in lieu of the “2014” Plan, since the completion of the update will be in 2016.

  22. The 2009 Plan has been copied to the 2014 Draft Plan for revision. It is now available for the public to look at and make comments. We will not start the actual revisions until we have received official notification of a grant that is pending to pay for revising the Plan. The grant limits what we can do prior to award. Starting to do the revisions prior to award risks losing the grant.