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Goal 7: Areas Subject to Natural Hazards

A sign by a beach path includes tsunami warnings and points towards an evacuation routeGoal 7 requires local comprehensive plans to address Oregon’s natural hazards. Protecting people and property from natural hazards requires knowledge, planning, coordination, and education.

We have been planning for some of Oregon's natural hazards since the program began. River and coastal floods, landslide, wildfires, and coastal erosion are a consistent presence in Oregon. In recent years, more awareness has been developing about the possibility of a major earthquake and tsunami from the Cascadia Subduction Zone (CSZ). Good planning does not put buildings or people in harm's way. Planning, especially for the location of essential services like schools, hospitals, fire and police stations, is done with sensitivity to the potential impact of nearby hazards.

A local government addresses natural hazards in its comprehensive land use plan. They do this by adopting a natural hazard inventory, and supporting plans and policies. A limited amount of planning grant money is available through DLCD to help communities address these planning needs.

DLCD works with the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and others to help communities plan for natural hazards.

Original Adoption: 12/27/74; Effective: 1/25/75
Amended: 9/28/01; Effective: 6/1/02

Read full text version of Goal 7

Administrative Rules that implement Goal 7:



Oregon Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan
Oregon Office of Emergency Management
Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries
Federal Emergency Management Agency


Marian Lahav
NHMP Program Coordinator
Phone: 503-689-2522