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Acknowledgements


The City of Ada and Ada City Schools Multi-Jurisdictional Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan was developed with assistance from a Pre-Disaster Mitigation Grant from the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and local funding from the City of Ada. The Ada Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan was prepared under the direction of the Ada City Council and the Ada City Schools Board of Education. Numerous agencies, organizations and individuals participated in the study, including:

Ada City Council

Donna York

Ward 1

Mayor

Frank Stout

Ward 2

Vice-Mayor

Darrell Nemecek

Ward 3




Barbara Young

Ward 4




Roger Cupps

At-Large




Ada City Schools Board of Education

Doug Haney

Office 1, Ward 2

Betty Hilton

Office 2, Ward 3

Todd Boone

Office 3, Ward 4

Karen Hudson

Office 4, Ward 1

Charles D. Mayhue

Ward 5

Ada Citizens’ Advisory Committee (ACAC)

Charles Etier

Community Disaster Response Volunteer

Joe Mankin

Business Owner

Guy Sewell

Professor, ECU

Doug Weirick

Professor, ECU

Ada Technical Advisory Committee (ATAC)

Gene Linton

Emergency Manager/Project Manager

Bennie Cope

911 Mgr, Secondary Project Manager

Carl Allen

Ada Police Department, Assistant Chief

Kermit Bennett

Ada Police Department, Captain

Rick Carson

Chickasaw Nation Emergency Manager

Marion Harris

Ada Fire Department, Chief

Pat Harrison

Ada City Schools, Superintendent

David Hathcoat

Ada City Manager

David Hendrix

Ada Public Works Director

Chad Letellier

Pontotoc County Emergency Manager

Consultants

R. D. Flanagan & Associates

Planning Consultants

2745 E. Skelly Drive, Suite 100

Tulsa, Oklahoma 74105

(918) 749-2696

Fax: (918) 749-2697

E-mail: rdflanagan@rdflanagan.com

Website: www.rdflanagan.com



Staff:

Ronald D. Flanagan, CFM, Principal

Greg Pollard

Bob Roberts

John D. Flanagan

Nancy Mulcahy

David Wakefield



Executive Summary


Oklahoma’s location at the intersection of the hot arid zone to the west, the temperate zone to the northeast, and the hot humid zone to the southeast make it subject to a wide variety of potentially violent weather and natural hazards.

Making people and businesses as safe as possible from a variety of natural and man-made hazards is the first step in making the area attractive for new residents and expanding businesses. The City of Ada and Ada City Schools Multi-Jurisdictional Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan is a comprehensive effort to identify potential hazards and develop a sound plan to mitigate their impacts, with the goal of saving lives and property. This plan fulfills the requirements of the Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) Grant Program of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management (ODEM).

In December 2005, the Multihazard Mitigation Council of the National Institute of Building Sciences completed a study to assess future savings from mitigation activities. Their findings reflected the fact that mitigation activities in general produced over $4 in savings for every $1 invested in mitigation actions, with the greatest savings in the areas of flood-related events (5:1) and wind-related events (3.9:1). In addition, the report concludes, “Mitigation is most effective when carried out on a comprehensive, community-wide, and long-term basis. Single activities can help, but carrying out a slate of coordinated mitigation activities over time is the best way to ensure that communities will be physically, socially, and economically resilient to future hazard impacts.”

Approval of this plan will qualify the City of Ada and Ada City Schools to apply for Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) as well as Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) disaster mitigation funds following a federal disaster declaration, as required under Section 322 of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act of 2000.


Background


The City of Ada and Ada City Schools are vulnerable to natural and man-made hazards. The Ada Technical Advisory Committee (ATAC) identified the 15 hazards most likely to affect the Ada community as a whole. These hazards included floods, tornadoes, high winds, lightning, hailstorms, severe winter storms, extreme heat, drought, expansive soils, urban fires, wildfires, earthquakes, transportation, hazardous materials events, and dam failures.

Purpose


The purpose of this plan is to:

  • Assess the ongoing mitigation activities within each jurisdiction

  • Identify and assess the hazards that pose a threat to citizens and property

  • Evaluate additional mitigation measures that should be undertaken

  • Outline a strategy for implementation of mitigation projects

The objective of this plan is to provide guidance for community activities for the next five years. It will ensure that the City of Ada and Ada City Schools implement activities that are most effective and appropriate for mitigating the 15 identified natural and man-made hazards.

Ada Citizens’ Advisory Committee (TCAC)


Citizens and professionals active in disasters provided important input in the development of the plan and recommended goals and objectives, mitigation measures, and priorities for actions. The ACAC is comprised of citizen leaders of the community appointed by the City Council and representatives of Ada City Schools appointed by the Board of Education. The Ada Planning Commission and citizens appointed by the Board of Education were designated the ACAC.

The Planning Process


Planning for the City of Ada and Ada City Schools Multi-Jurisdictional Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan followed a ten-step process, based on guidance and requirements of FEMA for the PDM grant program, HMGP, the Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) program, and the Community Rating System (CRS).

  1. Organize to prepare the plan

  2. Involve the public

  3. Coordinate with other agencies and organizations

  4. Assess the hazard

  5. Assess the problem

  6. Set goals

  7. Review possible activities

  8. Draft the action plan

  9. Adopt the plan

  10. Implement, evaluate, and revise

Plan Summary


The City of Ada and Ada City Schools Multi-Jurisdictional Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan provides guidance to help citizens protect life and property from natural and man-made hazards. The plan identifies the hazards that are most likely to strike each jurisdiction, provides a profile and risk assessment of each hazard, identifies mitigation measures for each hazard, and presents an action plan for the implementation of the mitigation measures.

Chapter 1 provides a profile of the City of Ada and Ada City Schools. This chapter includes a community description including demographics, lifelines, and critical facilities.

Chapter 2 provides an overview and discussion of existing resources and hazard mitigation programs.

Chapter 3 presents detailed information documenting the planning process including citizen and agency involvement, a table describing how and why each hazard was identified, and methodologies used in the plan for damage estimates and risk assessments.

Chapter 4 provides an assessment of 15 natural and man-made hazards. Each assessment includes a hazard profile, catalogs historical events, identifies the vulnerable populations, and presents a conclusion.

Chapter 5 sets disaster-specific goals and objectives and organizes proposed mitigation strategies under six mitigation categories: public information and education, preventive activities, structural projects, property protection, emergency services, and natural resource protection.

Chapter 6 outlines an action plan for the implementation of high priority mitigation projects, including a description of the project, the responsible party, anticipated cost, funding sources, and timelines for implementation.

Chapter 7 provides a discussion of the plan maintenance process and documentation of the adoption. Plan maintenance includes monitoring, evaluating, and updating the plan with involvement of the public.

Appendix A provides a glossary of terms commonly used in disaster management and hazard mitigation.

Appendix B provides a more detailed description of potential Mitigation Measures outlined in Chapter 5, broken down by category.

Appendix C provides the agendas from the Citizens Advisory Committee and the Technical Advisory Committee meetings.

Appendix D provides hazardous material data for Tier II facilities in Ada, as well as contact and first-response information for these sites.

Appendix E provides additional supporting documents and certifications.

Highest Priority Mitigation Measures


The following is a list of the top ten prioritized mitigation measures for the City of Ada and Ada City Schools as defined by the ACAC. The complete list of recommended mitigation measures is found in Table 6–1, at the end of Chapter 6.


Rank

Hazard

Category

Mitigation Measure

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Mitigation Action Plan


The mitigation action plan includes strategies for implementing the mitigation measures, including information on the responsible agency, time frame, cost estimate, funding sources, and a statement of the measurable results. The Action Plan is included in this document as Chapter 6.

For further information about the City of Ada and Ada City Schools Multi-Jurisdictional Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan, contact:

Primary Contact—City of Ada:

Secondary Contact—City of Ada:

Gene Linton

Emergency Manager

231 S. Townsend St.

Ada OK 74820

Phone: (580) 436-8055

Fax: (580) 436-8056

E-mail: Gene.Linton@adaok.com


Bennie Cope

911 City/County Communications Mgr,

231 S. Townsend St.

Ada OK 74820

Phone: (580) 436-8016

Fax: (580) 421-7806

E-mail: Bennie.Cope@adaok.com


Contact—Ada City Schools:




Patrick Harrison

Superintendent, Ada Public Schools

18147 CR 1547

Ada OK 74820

Phone: (580) 310-7200

Fax: (580) 310-7206



E-mail: harrisonp@adapss.com



R.D. Flanagan & Associates Ada Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan


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