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Public review of hazard mitigation plan sought

January 2, 2019

The North Fork Rancheria has developed a Tribal Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan for approval by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Prior to review and approval by FEMA, the Tribe would like the community to review the plan.


The Plan is available online and in the Tribal Government Offices for your review from December 14, 2018 to January 4, 2019. The entire North Fork community is encouraged to participate.


This is an opportunity for the public, both tribal citizens and North Fork community members, to learn about the 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.


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 Hazard Mitigation Team has been working on the development of the plan since September 2017 and is proud to offer the draft for review by the North Fork community.


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 Hazard Mitigation Plan focuses 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 Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan, contact Christina McDonald, environmental director, at 877-2461 ext. 103, or email cmcdonald@nfr-nsn.gov.

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