This plan, which is updated every five years, provides County officials and emergency responders with a framework for preparing for, responding to, and recovering from major emergencies and disasters. When the plan is activated, emergency response agencies are integrated into a common emergency management organization.
This plan is a guide and does not carry the force of law. It is a management statement intended to define the interlocking roles of County personnel and to encourage cooperation and coordination among multiple jurisdictions. Nothing in this plan is intended to discourage field personnel from exercising discretionary authority in problem solving.
The overarching goal of this plan is to reduce the vulnerability of the citizens of Curry County to the human suffering, property damage, and financial losses that can result from emergencies.
A Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan (NHMP) provides communities with a set of goals, action items, and resources designed to reduce risk from future natural disaster events. Engaging in mitigation activities provides jurisdictions with a number of benefits, including: reduced loss of life, property, essential services, critical facilities, and economic hardship; reduced short-term and long-term recovery and reconstruction costs; increased cooperation and communication within the community through the planning process; and increased potential for State and Federal funding for recovery and reconstruction projects. It is impossible to predict exactly when these hazards will occur, or the extent to which they will affect the community. However, with careful planning and collaboration among public agencies, private sector organizations, and citizens within the community, it is possible to create a resilient community that will benefit from long-term recovery planning efforts.