Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan

DRAFT Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan

This draft of the Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan contains the updates and revisions the Planning Committe has made to the 2008 document. 

The Office of Emergency Management encourages you to review this draft and join the discussion on our Facebook page where your comments and questions will help our community further develop the plan.

pdfDRAFT Boulder Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan.pdf

Our Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan can help bring funds to Boulder County

By updating our Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan we are making our county eligible for FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) grant programs which provide funds for mitigation activities that reduce losses from disasters and protect life and property.

The HMA grant programs provide funding opportunities for mitigation activities both before and after a disaster.

The Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) provides funds for long-term hazard mitigation measures after a Presidential disaster declaration.

The Pre Disaster Mitigation Grant Program (PDM) provides funds on an annual basis for hazard mitigation planning and mitigation projects prior to a disaster. The goal of the PDM program is to reduce overall risk to the population and structures, while at the same time, also reducing reliance on Federal funding from actual disaster declarations.

As we update our plan, we need to hear from you. There are three easy ways you can help:

1) Take this survey! Your answers will help the Hazard Mitigation Planning Committee determine the community’s concerns and questions about the HMP and guide discussions during the revision process.

2) Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. The OEM will post regular updates and information about the revision process. These sites will also provide you with a virtual forum in which you can post comments, ask questions, and interact with your HMP Committee representatives.

3) Attend the public meetings. At least three public meetings will be held during the revision process. These meetings will provide you with an opportunity to learn more about the HMP, ask questions, and make comments.

Hazard Mitigation Ideas

Through our hazard mitigation plan survey, we have received great input from residents about the hazards we face in Boulder County and actions we can take to mitigate those hazards. Drought, flood, and wildfire are three hazards of concern in Boulder County. Below are some ideas residents have shared for mitigating these hazards:


  • Require water conservation such as restricted use of public water resources for irrigation, car washing, swimming pools, and other non-essential usage.
  • Encourage drought tolerant landscaping.
  • Improve water delivery systems for increased efficiency.


  • Improve drainage capacity.
  • Regular clearing of debris from drainage systems.
  • Infrastructure protection activities such as raising low lying bridges and stabilizing road shoulders and embankments.


  • Fire resistant construction.
  • Create defensible spaces.
  • Fuel management programs.

What are your thoughts? Visit our Facebook page and share your ideas on how we can reduce or eliminate the effects of these hazards in our community.

Boulder Office of Emergency Management Releases Preliminary Results of Hazard Mitigation Plan Survey

 Preliminary results of a survey, which asks residents to comment on natural hazards and mitigation efforts in their communities, suggest that Boulder County residents are most concerned about wildfire, drought, and flood, and they are taking actions to reduce their risks. The Boulder Office of Emergency Management launched the online survey via its Facebook and Twitter sites on July 16 as part of the revision of Boulder County’s Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan.  

Key findings thus far include:

  • When asked to name the three hazards of most concern to them, a majority of respondents listed wildfire, drought, and flood. Other top concerning hazards include lightning, windstorms, winter storms, and West Nile Virus.
  •  78% of respondents indicated that they have taken actions to reduce or eliminate the impact of hazards in their communities. Examples of these actions include:
    • Fire mitigation such as clearing trees and brush, installing metal roofing
    • Preparing personal preparedness plans including alternate evacuation routes
    • Drought mitigation such as water conservation efforts and drought resistant landscaping

Information gathered from the survey will help the Hazard Mitigation Planning Committee determine the concerns and questions residents have about the natural hazards we face in Boulder County, and will guide discussions throughout the revision process.

Residents can still participate in the survey which will remain open through September 20, 2013. The Office of Emergency Management encourages residents to complete the survey and to follow the agency on its Twitter and Facebook pages.

Boulder County’s Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan identifies the hazards that threaten our communities, evaluates the risks from those hazards, and outlines a strategy to reduce or eliminate that risk. The state and federal governments require communities to complete a hazard mitigation plan and update it every five years in order to be eligible for certain types of disaster assistance and recovery funding. Boulder County’s last hazard mitigation plan was adopted in 2008.