Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan

The City's Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan (NHMP) - an addendum to Clackamas County's Multi-jurisdictional Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan - identifies natural hazards that may impact Lake Oswego and provides the CIty with a set of goals, action items, and resources designed to reduce risk from future natural disaster events. Engaging in mitigation activities provides jurisdictions with a number of benefits, including reduced loss of life, property, essential services, critical facilities, and economic hardship; reduced short-term and long-term recovery and reconstruction costs; increased cooperation and communication within the community through the planning process; and increased potential for state and federal funding for recovery and reconstruction projects. 

Every five years, the Federal guidelines require the City's addendum to the Clackamas County NHMP be updated and submitted to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for approval. The City’s original addendum to the NHMP was adopted by City Council in July 2004 and subsequently updated in 2010, 2013 and 2019. 

With a FEMA-approved NHMP, the City of Lake Oswego is eligible to apply for the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act's hazard mitigation project grants through April 11, 2024.

The City of Lake Oswego is in the process of updating their existing Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan (2019). The process should be complete in early 2024.

This work is being performed in cooperation with the University of Oregon’s Institute for Policy Research and Engagement - Oregon Partnership for Disaster Resilience and the Oregon Department of Emergency Management (OEM) utilizing funds obtained from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Hazard Mitigation Grant Program. With re-adoption of the plan, Lake Oswego will maintain its eligibility to apply for federal funding towards natural hazard mitigation projects. 

The 2024 plan update includes the following changes:

  • Update hazard-related information and data for improved characterizations of evolving hazards, such as drought, extreme heat and other climate change-related impacts.
  • Improve the risk assessment section through an enhanced vulnerability assessment of community assets and infrastructure.
  • Better integrate NHMP information in related county plans and planning documents.
  • Provide mitigation and NHMP-related information in more accessible methods to the public, including improved educational resources and outreach activities

View the updated draft 2024 Lake Oswego NHMP.

If you have any questions regarding the City’s NHMP addendum or the update process in general, please contact: Michael Howard, Director for the Oregon Partnership for Disaster Resilience at 541-346-8413; or Bonnie Hirshberger, Emergency Management Specialist, City of Lake Oswego.

Please submit comments on the draft 2024 Lake Oswego NHMP by 5 p.m., March 8, 2024.

The updated plan will be included as an addendum to Clackamas County Multi-jurisdictional Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan.


Related Links Attachments