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Natural Hazards Planning Expertise and Resources for Local Governments

Natural Hazards Planning Expertise and Resources for Local Governments

August 10, 2022  by  Tricia Sears Greg Wessel
Category:  Emergency Management Guest Author

Because local governments focus on safety and welfare of their communities, they are the first to be called on when a natural hazard strikes. Fortunately state agencies and nonprofits can offer assistance and expertise to better mitigate risk of hazards when regulating land use.

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Landslide Hazards: Regulating Them Can Be Hazardous

Landslide Hazards: Regulating Them Can Be Hazardous

February 20, 2018  by  Greg Wessel
Category:  Critical Areas Emergency Management Guest Author

Landslides are common throughout the Pacific Northwest. Regulatory agencies and local governments must do their best to understand and document the hazard potential in their jurisdictions. Guest author Greg Wessel looks at the issue and the role of local government in hazard awareness and mitigation. 

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Critical Areas: The Importance (and Difficulty) of Knowing Where They Are

Critical Areas: The Importance (and Difficulty) of Knowing Where They Are

July 18, 2017  by  Greg Wessel
Category:  Critical Areas Guest Author

Regulated critical areas vary from place to place but in some cases, a jurisdiction’s knowledge of its critical areas may be based on outdated or incomplete information. Guest author Greg Wessel looks at some steps jurisdictions can take to address this problem. 

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