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Gallatin County Emergency Management

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Plan on the ShakeOut

Fault Lines

When many people list the natural hazards we face in our community they mention wildfires, severe storms or perhaps the Yellowstone volcano.  Many people don’t think of Gallatin County as being a high risk earthquake zone, but it is.  In fact our area is a seismic Zone D which is the same as much of the West Coast and contains many active faults in our area.  While daily earthquakes in the state are common and we often don’t feel them, Gallatin County is home to the 1959 Hebgen Lake Earthquake which is the 14th largest earthquake in the US.

The Great Montana ShakeOut is a nationwide earthquake drill intended to provide everyone an opportunity to practice what to do if an earthquake occurs.  On October 18th at 10:18 am, take two minutes and practice Drop, Cover and Hold On!  Materials are available at https://www.shakeout.org/montana/ for a variety of different settings to support the needs of your individual exercise.

90-Day Appeal Period Starting for Proposed Floodplain Maps

The City of Bozeman and Gallatin County have been working with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) to update floodplain maps for the West Gallatin River and Bozeman Creek and its tributaries. Updated flood insurance rate maps will provide more accurate flood risk information that can help local officials and residents make informed decisions about reducing flood risks and purchasing flood insurance.

Before new flood insurance rate maps become effective, there is a 90-day Appeal Period during which local residents and business owners can provide additional data for consideration before the maps are finalized. The appeal period runs September 20 – December 18, 2018.

The existing floodplain maps for the West Gallatin River, Bozeman Creek, Matthew Bird Creek, Nash Spring Creek, Flat Creek and Mill Ditch Diversion were produced from studies conducted more than 30 years ago. Revising the maps is a key step in providing the best available data to help keep families, homes, roads and other infrastructure safe from future flood events.

The proposed maps and information about the Appeal and Comment Period are available online at www.floodplain.mt.gov/gallatin or www.bozeman.net/floodplain, or at the Gallatin County Planning Office or the Bozeman City Engineering Department.

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Plan on the ShakeOut

Plan on the ShakeOut

When many people list the natural hazards we face in our community they mention wildfires, severe storms or perhaps the...

90-Day Appeal Period Starting for Proposed Floodplain Maps

90-Day Appeal Period Starting for Proposed Floodplain Maps

The City of Bozeman and Gallatin County have been working with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Montana...

What about the pets!

Horseshoe Fire Update 10:15 AM 9/16/18

Horseshoe Fire Update 10:15 AM 9/16/18

SIZE:   1,223 acres CONTAINMENT:   100% CAUSE:   Under Investigation FIRE LOCATION:   20 miles N of Logan, Gallatin County PROTECTION:   Gallatin County...

Horseshoe Fire Evening Update 6:30 PM 9/15/18

Horseshoe Fire Evening Update 6:30 PM 9/15/18

Due to the firefighters’ hard work, the Horseshoe fire was declared 100 % contained at 5 PM today. A small...

Horseshoe Fire Update 9:10 am 9/15/18

SIZE:   1,223 acres CONTAINMENT:   65% CAUSE:   Under Investigation FIRE LOCATION:   20 miles N of Logan, Gallatin County PROTECTION:   Gallatin County...

Horseshoe Fire Update 7:00 PM 9/14/18

Horseshoe Fire Update 7:00 PM 9/14/18

Firefighting resources continued to seek and destroy hot spots today within the burned area. Containment has increased to 65% due...

Horseshoe Fire Update 9:30 AM 9/14/18

Crews headed out to the fire this morning to build and improve fireline; search for heat along the fires perimeter;...

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