The Matanuska-Susitna Borough has been selected for a Risk MAP Study in Federal Fiscal Year 2013.
Risk MAP provides local governments with information and tools to enhance local mitigation plans, improve community outreach, and increase local resilience to flooding and other natural hazards. The “Discovery” process is the first part of a Risk MAP project. During Discovery, information is gathered about local hazard risk; mitigation plans are reviewed to understand local mitigation capabilities, hazard risk assessments, and current or future mitigation activities; and information is collected from communities about their natural hazard history, development plans, daily operations, and land management activities. The information gathered is used to determine which areas of the jurisdiction require mapping, risk assessment, or mitigation planning assistance through a Risk MAP project. Assistance is also provided to the local government to develop a vision and strategy for the future hazard resilience.
In early March 2013, FEMA and the State of Alaska conducted Risk MAP Discovery interviews with the Matanuska-Susitna Borough and residents from Willow, Trapper Creek, and Talkeetna. The Discovery interview is the first part of the Risk MAP Discovery process, the purpose of which is to gain information on the hazards impacting communities in preparation for in-person Discovery meetings.
FEMA and the State traveled to the Matanuska-Susitna Borough during the week of April 23-25, 2013 to conduct Discovery meetings with the Borough, the Cities of Palmer, Wasilla and Houston, and unincorporated communities within the Borough including Talkeetna, Butte, Willow and Trapper Creek.
FEMA is now in the process of reviewing the data collected from the Discovery interviews and meetings, preparing a Discovery Report, and reviewing available funding to determine what Risk MAP flood and other hazard studies will be conducted in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough.
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