The City of King, in partnership with the County of Monterey and all municipalities within the county, is commencing update of the Monterey County Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan. The goal of the Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan is to save lives and property through the reduction of hazard vulnerability for the community. This plan demonstrates the City of King’s commitment to reduce risks from natural hazards and serve as a guide for decision makers as they commit resources to minimize the effects of hazards.

The City of King, in addition to all participating jurisdictions, is required to update the hazard mitigation plan every five years to remain eligible for federal mitigation funding. The first plan was developed in 2007 and identified local policies and actions to reduce risks to life and property from natural hazards such as flooding, earthquakes, and wildland fires. This plan was updated and adopted again in 2016, but it will expire in 2021.

A hazard mitigation plan describes an area’s vulnerability to the various natural hazards that are typically present, along with an array of actions and projects for reducing key risks. The Hazard Mitigation Plan is the blueprint for reducing the King City’s vulnerability to disasters and hazards. Hazard mitigation actions are essential to breaking the disaster cycle of damage, reconstruction, and repetitive damage. With careful selection, mitigation projects can be long-term, cost-effective means of reducing risk and helping to create a more sustainable and disaster-resilient community.

An open public involvement process is essential to the development of an effective plan. In order to develop a more comprehensive approach to reducing the effects of natural disasters, the public is encouraged to:

1.    Participate in the Community Survey: This is a survey consisting of 30 questions. The survey provides an opportunity for King City residents and businesses to share opinions regarding hazard mitigation and participate in the plan update process. This is available in English and Spanish.

2.    Participate in Community Events: Several public events will be made available throughout the update process for the community to comment.

3.    Review the Plan and Submit Comments: Once the plan has been updated, the public will be given a final opportunity to review the plan and submit comments.

Residents and business of King City are encouraged to participate throughout the update process and can access the above information online at: https://www.co.monterey.ca.us/government/departments-i-z/hazard-mitigation-public-participation.

The survey is available online at:

English: https://survey123.arcgis.com/share/742af61ae77f474bbae5c45a539a7850

Spanish: https://survey123.arcgis.com/share/83a82e42d813444a90e9cfbbdb0fbae6

You can also find a link on the City’s website under the “Spotlight” section at www.kingcity.com or come to City Hall at 212 S. Vanderhurst Avenue if you would like to complete it in person.

For questions, feedback or to find out how you can become involved, please contact City Hall at 831-385-3281.  More information about the project is available on the Monterey County Office of Emergency Services website: http://www.co.monterey.ca.us/government/departments-a-h/administrative-office/office-of-emergency-services/hazard-mitigation.