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Hazard Mitigation

Oregon's dramatic and beautiful coastline is the result of dynamic, powerful, natural forces of weather, climate, ocean waves and currents, and plate tectonics. These forces continually shape the coast, creating an environment that is at once attractive and dangerous. Most development on the Oregon coast has taken place in less hazardous areas. New development is increasingly proposed for hazardous areas, such as steep slopes, ocean bluffs, landslide-prone sites, and low-lying areas subject to ocean flooding, coastal erosion, and tsunami inundation. People may purchase or occupy developments in hazard prone areas with no knowledge of the risk.

In addition, scientists are continually refining their understanding of the potentially catastrophic forces of earthquakes and tsunamis, as well as the more gradual effects of climate change. The vulnerability of coastal communities to chronic and catastrophic forces is a concern to those who live, work, and recreate in those communities, and to public officials responsible for community safety and well-being.

Oregon's statewide land use planning program requires local governments to plan for and make decisions that account for natural hazards known to be present in this active and dynamic environment. The Oregon Coastal Management Program (OCMP) provides resources (data, model codes, funding, etc.) for local governments, state agencies, homeowners, and others related to both chronic and catastrophic natural hazards. This page provides information about the state’s resources for coastal hazard planning and more information about the hazards themselves.

Also visit the Natural Hazards Planning pages to learn more about natural hazards and hazard mitigation in Oregon.

There is much to be done to reduce hazards to lives and development on the Oregon coast. OCMP staff will continue to work with individual cities and counties to increase understanding of coastal hazards and assist in utilizing all available tools in managing development in coastal areas. Please contact DLCD's Coastal Shores Specialist, for further information.


Meg Reed
Coastal Shores Specialist
Phone: 541-574-0811

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