Kern solicits public input

Kern County is seeking public input on the Kern Multi-Jurisdiction Hazard Mitigation Plan.

This is the community’s chance to review and provide feedback on information regarding natural hazards in the area. They are also asking the public to review the mitigation strategy developed by the County and participating jurisdictions. Their strategy focuses on mitigating the effects of natural hazards through proposed actions that protect lives and property.

Public input will ensure the priorities of the Hazard Mitigation Plan match those of Kern County residents.

The plan provides a formal explanation of prevalent hazards within the county and how hazards may affect communities differently. Most importantly, the mitigation strategy presented in the Plan responds to the known vulnerabilities within each community and provides prescriptions or actions to achieve the greatest reduction of natural hazard risk. The end result of this planning effort could result in saved lives, reduced injuries, reduced property damage, and protection for the environment in the event of a natural hazard within the County.

The draft MJHMP includes Kern County and dozens of participating jurisdictions, including municipalities and many special districts, school districts, and water and wastewater districts. Many participating jurisdictions are still evaluating hazard risks and will unveil their “annexes” to the MJHMP at a later date.

Along with the MJHMP umbrella plan, Volume 1, in eastern Kern County the Mojave Air and Space Port has completed a draft annex that is also available for public review.

The county and participating jurisdictions are accepting comments on the draft Kern Multi-Jurisdiction Hazard Mitigation Plan itself through Friday, September 11th.

To view and comment on the draft plan, please visit http://mitigatehazards.com/county-of-kern/public-draft-hmp/. The draft plan will also be available for curbside pickup at several Kern County branch libraries.

More information about the plan update process is available at mitigatehazards.com/county-of-kern/.

Story First Published: 2020-08-28