Advance Planning for Hazards and Disasters
In 2014, the City of Bartlesville joined forces with Washington County in the development of a county-wide, multi-hazard mitigation plan. The planning process began in January 2015, with monthly meetings to discuss potential hazards and disasters and make recommendations for lessening their dangerous and damaging effects. The plan was funded through a grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and adopted in 2016. Bartlesville is now eligible for additional grants which can be used for projects such as safe rooms, generators, hail resistant shingles, shatterproof glass, elevation of utilities, relocation of structures, and more.
History of Hazard Mitigation Planning in Bartlesville
In 2001, the City of Bartlesville received a FEMA grant to develop a Flood Mitigation Plan for the community. A committee was formed to oversee the planning process, and in 2002, the Flood Mitigation Plan was adopted. Although its main focus was flood hazards, the Plan briefly addressed other natural hazards that affect Bartlesville. In 2003, the City received a FEMA grant to expand the plan, covering these other hazards in greater depth.
Work continued on the Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan, and in June 2004, it was finalized and adopted by the City Council. FEMA approved the plan in November 2005, and in that same year, by passage of Ordinance 3163, the Hazard Mitigation Planning Committee (HMPC) became an official committee of the City. The committee continued to meet and work toward implementing the 96 mitigation projects identified in the Plan to address the following hazards:
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In 2009, as per FEMA requirements, the HMPC began working on the five-year update of the Plan. The plan was completed in 2011 and approved by the Metropolitan Area Planning Commission, City Council, and FEMA.
In 2014, it was already time to start thinking about the next update of the plan. (FEMA requires an update every 5 years.) This time the State of Oklahoma was encouraging county-wide plans rather than individual city plans. Washington County was in the midst of their update, and Bartlesville and other communities (Copan, Dewey, Ochelata, Ramona and Vera) and public school districts (Bartlesville, Copan, Dewey and Caney Valley) decided to join with them. In 2016 the Washington County Hazard Mitigation Plan was adopted.
- Ready.gov is a FEMA website with information to help your family prepare for a disaster.
- The Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management prepares for, responds to, recovers from and mitigates against disasters and emergencies in Oklahoma.
- FEMA Email Updates allows you to sign up to receive alerts from FEMA during disasters.
- The Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH) has How-To Videos for strengthening your home.
- The Institute for Business and Home Safety conducts research to identify actions that strengthen homes, businesses, and communities against natural disasters and other causes of loss.