Home to roughly 70,000 residents and covering approximately 6,135 square miles, Klamath county faces a set of potential hazards as diverse as its landscape. These hazards range from natural disasters such as earthquakes and wildfires to terrorism and other man-made emergencies. Each of these hazards poses a unique threat to the citizens of Klamath County and their property. As a result, it is vital that citizens prepare for all the disasters that could directly or indirectly impact the county. Preparing for a disaster is a continuous process that begins by taking a few essential steps to prepare you and your family. These steps include learning about what disasters can affect your community, making a plan, building a disaster supplies kit, and getting involved. Visit the links below to learn more about each step of preparing for a disaster or emergency.
Klamath County has adopted a number of plans to ensure the safety and well-being of its citizens during and after disasters or emergencies. These plans all share the similar goal of minimizing future losses incurred by disasters and include elements of all four phases of emergency management. All plans maintained by the county are revised and updated regularly to ensure that they meet the continually changing needs of both the county and its citizens. Plans that Klamath County currently coordinates and maintains include:
Emergency Operations Plan
The Emergency Operations Plan functions as an all-hazards plan to be utilized as a reference by emergency response teams during disaster response and recovery. In addition to acting as a reference, this document provides guidance on the activation and implementation of a county emergency operations center.
Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan
The Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan serves as a basis of coordination and collaboration between local agencies and citizens and also aids in meeting federal planning requirements. Additionally, this document identifies and prioritizes mitigation activities within Klamath County.
Community Wildfire Protection Plan
The Community Wildfire Protection Plan was developed in response to the growing concern of wildfires and outlines a number of strategies to be taken in order to reduce the loss of life and property resulting from wildfires in Klamath County.