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Increasing Resiliency in the City of Needles

Flash flood alert

Is your home or office building susceptible to damage from dam failure, flash flooding or drought? Do you want to help increase resiliency and prevent future damage from these and other natural hazards? Your participation can make our community more resilient.

The City of Needles in collaboration with San Bernardino County’s Office of Emergency Services has developed an updated Hazard Mitigation Plan. This plan identifies natural hazards of risk throughout the City, presents an assessment of critical facilities vulnerable to these hazards, and lists potential mitigation actions to reduce risk and future damage. The City’s planning committee identified the following natural hazards for evaluation in the updated plan:

  • Dam Failure
  • Flash Flooding
  • Drought
  • Hazardous Materials Spill
  • Earthquake
  • Extreme Heat
Flash flood death valley
Extreme heat

The hazard mitigation plan is developed per the requirements of the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 and enables the City to be eligible for Hazard Mitigation Assistance grant funds. It is required to be updated every 5 years to maintain eligibility for grant funding. More information on the requirements of this process and eligible grant programs is available on the California Emergency Management Agency’s Hazard Mitigation Web Portal:


The City of Needles welcomes your review of the draft plan to ensure development of a strong mitigation strategy. The draft plan will be available after July 15, 2011 for download on this website.

Please contact David Brownlee at, or at (760) 326-5700 X323 to request a draft copy of the plan. Your comments and questions may be directed to David Brownlee.

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