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Illustrative Projects:
Hazard Mitigation & Loss Prevention Planning

Robert Olson has led or worked on the following successfully approved California Local Hazard Mitigation Plans and 5-year updates prepared pursuant to the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000: Madera County, Butte County, Placer County, Sacramento County, Kings County, and Kern County. These plans included nearly all cities, hundreds of special districts, several tribes, voluntary organizations, and other local jurisdictions.  He also has prepared plans for individual tribes, such as the Chukchansi Rancheria.

For Oregon’s Office of Emergency Management, Robert  facilitated a multi-agency Governor’s Task Force and prepared its first state hazard mitigation plan. The hazards addressed included floods, landslides, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, severe Pacific storms, wildland-urban interface fires, and wind and ice storms. He also supported the development of multi-hazard mitigation plans for the cities of Salem and Oregon City, Oregon.  Sponsored by Metro, Portland Oregon's regional agency, Robert supported a three county regional multi-hazard mitigation planning process, including preparing materials for the region's growth management plan and a model local mitigation plan.

All mitigation plans and updates meet the latest federal requirements. Robert regularly attends governing board meetings and also supplies resolutions for local adoption that launch and conclude local hazard mitigation planning processes.

Other illustrative mitigation and loss prevention projects include helping develop tsunami mitigation guidelines for coastal planners; recommending loss reduction measures for private office and industrial facilities; developing training materials to seismically retrofit dwelling foundations; preparing mitigation guidelines for communications, computer, transportation, and utility systems and services; and preparing materials to advise on the management of  the social, economic, and political issues associated with building rehabilitation.

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