Hazard Mitigation Plan

Graham County Begins Work on Hazard Mitigation Plan Update

At the end of this page you will find a link to the Graham County Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan 2010.  We also encourage you to submit a comment or contact us with questions.

A planning team of representatives from Graham County, the City of Safford, the Town of Thatcher, the Town of Pima, the Arizona Department of Public Safety, the U.S. Forest Service, and the Arizona Department of Emergency and Military Affairs are participating in a county-wide hazard mitigation planning update process. The purpose of this process is to update the current Graham County Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan, previously approved by FEMA on 9/12/2011. Local, county, tribal and state governments are required to have a FEMA approved hazard mitigation plan in order to be eligible for federal hazard mitigation grant funds and other types of disaster funding. The plan focuses on the area’s most threatening hazards and establishes a strategy to reduce or eliminate the impact from those hazards to protect the people and property of Graham County. The planning team anticipates having a plan draft in November 2016, at which time public access to the updated plan draft will be provided, with the opportunity to again comment.

Some points of interest in Section 5 of the Plan are:

  • Dam Failure
  • Drought
  • Fissure
  • Flood/Flash Flood
  • Severe Wind
  • Wildfire

A variety of maps are located throughout the Plan, such as:

  • Dam Spillway Flood Hazard Map
  • Graham County Flood Hazard Map
  • Town of Pima Floodplain Hazard Map
  • City of Safford Floodplain Hazard Map
  • Graham County Severe Wind Event Location Map
  • Wildfire Hazard Map
  • Graham County Historic Wildfire Location and At Risk Community Map

For more information or should you have questions regarding the hazard mitigation planning process/plan, please contact Brian Douglas, Graham County Health Director, 826 W. Main Street, Safford, AZ 85546, or e-mail bdouglas@graham.az.gov

Hazard Mitigation Plan