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About State IHMT

History

Prior to the spring of 1996, many of the agencies that now comprise the State IHMT each had hazard mitigation responsibilities, but were convened as a group only following Presidentially-declared major disasters in order to work with their federal and local government counterparts on the development of Interagency Hazard Mitigation Team Reports or Hazard Mitigation Survey Team Reports.

Governor Kitzhaber convened a hazard mitigation policy task group following the February 1996 floods. It met several times during the spring of 1996.


The current membership of the State IHMT grew out of the events of the disastrous autumn and winter of 1996/1997, initially with emphasis on mitigating fast-moving debris flows like those that led to the loss of eight lives in Douglas County that winter. On March 4, 1997, Governor Kitzhaber directed OEM to “make the...Interagency Hazard Mitigation Team a permanent body. Direct the team to establish regular meeting dates...”


Today the member agencies of the State IHMT generally meet quarterly to understand losses arising from natural hazards, and coordinate recommended strategies to mitigate loss of life, property, and natural resources.

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Mission

The State IHMT’s focus is to understand losses arising from natural hazards, including secondary losses that occur when natural hazard events impact technological systems and critical infrastructure, and to coordinate recommended strategies to mitigate loss of life, property, economic and natural resources by maintaining the FEMA-approved and Governor-adopted Oregon Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan. The team will continually review policies and plans and make recommendations in appropriate areas with mitigation and education as the cornerstone.
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Goals

  1. Coordinate hazard mitigation programs and activities at all levels in the State of Oregon.
  2. Describe and evaluate the natural hazards to which the State of Oregon is vulnerable. 
  3. Describe and evaluate state, local government, and private sector hazard mitigation policies, programs, and capabilities, consistent with federal codes and regulations.
  4. Identify sources of hazard mitigation funding and the procedures that must be followed to obtain such funding; make this information widely available.
  5. Identify and evaluate proposed hazard mitigation strategies, projects, and legislation to ensure consistency and to proactively integrate natural resource goals into mitigation activities. 
  6. Continue to develop, implement, monitor, evaluate, and update the Oregon Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan. 
  7. Provide education and information about natural hazards and steps which can be taken to mitigate against their effects. 
  8. Facilitate integration of hazard mitigation into the activities and programs of state and local government agencies, and to the extent practical, into the activities of private sector organizations. 
  9. Strive to integrate into natural hazard mitigation: natural resource protection and restoration, stormwater management, fish and wildlife concerns, federally and state listed threatened and endangered plants and invertebrates, floodplain management, and protection of water quality for public use. 
  10. Promote and facilitate the concept of a disaster resistant economy in Oregon.
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