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2010 Pinal Co. Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan Available for Review & Comment


 Hazard Mitigation Planning

What is hazard mitigation planning?

Hazard mitigation planning is a process for State, local, and Indian Tribal governments to identify policies, activities, and tools to implement mitigation actions. Mitigation is any sustained action taken to reduce or eliminate long-term risk to life and property from a hazard event. This process has four steps:
  1. Organizing resources;
  2. Assessing risks;
  3. Developing a mitigation plan; and
  4. Implementing the plan and monitoring progress.

Pinal County Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan

In 2005, Pinal County, and incorporated cities and towns in Pinal County, participated in a multi-hazard mitigation planning effort that resulted in the development of a multi-jurisdictional multi-hazard mitigation plan with separate plans covering each participating jurisdiction. The Pinal County Multi-Jurisdictional Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan (2005) and all of the separate plans received official Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) approval in November, 2005. The 2005 Plan was designed to meet the federal regulations set forth by the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000, which requires all local, county, tribal and state governments to develop a multi-hazard mitigation plan for their respective jurisdictions in order to be eligible to receive certain hazard mitigation and public assistance funds. 

Who is involved in the hazard mitigation planning?

Cities and towns within Pinal County are participating in the hazard mitigation planning. You may choose from the following list to visit their websites or view their plan.

Plan Update Process

PCOEM initiated the update process in November 2008 and is currently in the process of revising the plan for release in November 2010. The plan update process includes participation from each participating jurisdiction as well as public utilities, hospitals, police, fire and sheriff’s departments, and other public and private entities. It is desirable to include input from neighboring communities, local and regional agencies involved in hazard mitigation activities and agencies having authority to regulate development including businesses, academia and other private and non-profit interests. The Hazard Mitigation Planning Team will be meeting regularly to review, revise, and/or update of the following elements:

  • Previously identified hazards that may impact or have impacted the community
  • Profiles of the most relevant hazard events
  • Assessment of vulnerability to hazards
  • Assessment of the communities’ capability to mitigate hazards
  • Hazard mitigation goals and objectives for the community
  • Hazard mitigation actions and/or projects
  • Implementation strategy for the plan
  • Plan maintenance strategy for the next 5-year cycle
  • Write and officially adopt plan

To meet the goal of having an approved plan by November 2010, the following meeting calendar has been established.
  • Stakeholder Meeting #1 – November 17, 2008, Pinal County EOC, Florence, AZ
  • Stakeholder Meeting #2 – February 23, 2009, Pinal County Ocotillo Room, Florence, AZ
  • Stakeholder Meeting #3 – April 20, 2009, Pinal County EOC, Florence, AZ
  • Stakeholder Meeting #4 – May 21, 2009,  Pinal County Ocotillo Room, Florence, AZ
  • Stakeholder Meeting #5 – March 30, 2010, Pinal County EOC, Florence, AZ
  • Stakeholder Meeting #6 – July 15, 2011, Pinal County EOC, Florence, AZ
  • Stakeholder Meeting #7 – TBD

The public is welcome to attend of the stakeholder meetings and encouraged to participate and comment on the Hazard Mitigation Plan during its drafting stages and prior to seeking final approval from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. To submit comments online, please use the links below.


For more information or to submit comments and questions, call the Pinal County Office of Emergency Management at 520-866-6942 or one of the contacts below:

Lou Miranda, Emergency Management
Pinal County
31 N Pinal Street, Bldg F
PO Box 727
Florence, AZ 85132
(520) 866-6462
Fax: (520) 866-6856

W. Scott Ogden, P.E., CFM
Mitigation Planning Consultant
JE Fuller
8400 S. Kyrene Road, Suite 201
Tempe, AZ 85284
(480) 222-5717
Fax: (480)839-2193
Cell: (480)299-3394