The floods in Caliente in 2005 and 2010, the flooding in Ursine in 2005 as well as the flooding on I-15 in September of 2014 at the Overton turnoff, resulting in all of the interstate traffic on I-15 being diverted through Lincoln County, demonstrated to us all that Lincoln County can be vulnerable to disasters.

This includes drought, earthquakes, floods, severe winds, thunderstorms, wildland fires and winter storms.

It also shows us that a disaster need not happen in Lincoln County to create a major problem for the city and county. The huge increase in traffic by the closure of I-15 created massive cell phone and landline communications interruptions, major traffic jams and a large increase in traffic accidents.

The risks posed by these hazards increases as the state and county’s population continues to grow.

In 2005 the City of Caliente and County of Lincoln launched a planning effort, known as the Multi-jurisdictional City of Caliente & Lincoln County, Nevada Hazard Mitigation Plan to assess risks posed by natural and manmade disasters and identify ways to reduce those risks.

This plan was revised and updated in 2012 and is now in the process of being revised and updated for the next five year period. This plan is required under the Federal Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 as a pre-requisite for receiving certain forms of federal disaster assistance.

As a part of the requirements, this plan must be updated every five years. The City of Caliente and Lincoln County have started the process to update the existing plan. The draft update plan will be made available in early fall of 2015. The city & county plans to submit the draft version of this plan to the state and FEMA by late December of 2015.

The public is invited to participate in this planning process. Your local planning office has pamphlets and brochures outlining some of the issues. For additional information, or to submit any comments, contact; City/County Hazard Mitigation Plan, PO Box 1006, Caliente, NV 89008 or contact the Project Manager: Ken Dixon, kyd901@hotmail.com Cell 775- 962-1213