A two-lane paved road in Lobster Valley is blocked by a landslide of mud and downed fir trees. (Photo provided by Benton County)

Community leaders are working with the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development to update the Benton County’s Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan, officials announced.

Natural Hazard Mitigation plans detail community risk for disasters and natural hazards and potential actions to lower risk to people, property and the local economy before the next disaster or natural hazard event happens.

All survey responses are anonymous, officials said, and will not be connected to any personal information. Data from the survey will be used to inform the disaster and natural hazards planning process.

County officials said communities in Benton County can use information from the survey to support their own action items and ideas for implementation and to better inform disaster and natural hazards outreach strategies, mitigation, response and recovery.


The plan was adopted by a resolution of the Benton County Board of Commissioners in July 2016 and is the product of community effort that included steering committee discussions and examining potential natural hazards and ways to mitigate them.

The 2016 plan includes mitigation strategies for earthquakes, flooding, landslides, winter storms, windstorms, wildfire, drought and others.

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