Boundary County

All Hazards Mitigation Plan


Section 10

Mitigation Priorities and Costs

For ranking of priorities, mitigation measures were grouped under areas of responsibility.  Most, if not all, of the measures will cost money.  It is likely that a variety of funding sources will develop over time.  These individual sources will generally be targeted to certain areas.  Therefore, ranking by jurisdiction might be helpful in seeking and securing funding from several sources, or for several jurisdictions with dissimilar needs.  There is the potential that funding might be available for several separate areas of responsibility at the same time, so more than one opportunity might be captured.

It will be the responsibility of the Boundary County Commissioners to establish cross-responsibility priorities, if the need arises.  Over time, priorities may change.  Consequently the commissioners will need to periodically reevaluate priorities.

Grants from FEMA and Homeland Security will be the most likely funding source for the mitigation factors considered in this plan.  Where there are other possible funding sources, those are noted by the pertinent item.  This plan serves as a basic needs assessment for the county to progress toward mitigation of all risks that might occur in the county.

Estimated costs for mitigation measures were derived by several methods.  In almost all cases, the costs shown were obtained from discussions with various responders or officials who recognize the mitigation need.  In several cases, entities in the county are in the process of seeking funding for a listed item.  Costs being used for those requests are used in this report, for consistency, and to have a record of the need if funds being sought do not materialize.  Catalogues provided cost estimates for some items in the mitigation list.

Following is a prioritized list of recommended actions, by jurisdiction.  The development of a priority list is not an exact science and is somewhat subjective.  This list is only intended to serve as a guideline and its application should be flexible.



1.      Up-grade emergency service communications, to better cover the entire county.  Estimated cost to be determined by next review.

2.      Continue seeking grants to complete the on-going FireSafe program started in 2003. Continue the program until all willing residents living in homes at high risk have had their properties treated. Estimated cost - $1,500,000.  Funding from the National Fire Plan and related federal grants.

3.      Maintain emphasis on GIS work to upgrade the 911-call system. Estimated cost - $60,000 in salary.

4.      Complete an enhanced 911-call system upgrade. Estimated cost - $85,000 for necessary hardware and software.

5.      Purchase protective equipment for County Road and Bridge Department and City Street Department equipment operators. Estimated cost - $18,900.

6.      Provide training to county/city employees in the use of protective equipment.  Estimated cost - $4,600.

7.      Conduct one multi-jurisdictional Tabletop exercise per year. Estimated cost - $5,000 each

8.      Purchase a portable power system for deployment by County Road and Bridge Department as needed on incidents. Estimated cost - $12,000 for two generators.

9.      Purchase portable lighting system for deployment by County Road and Bridge Department where emergency lighting is needed on an incident. Estimated cost - $12,500 for two sets.

10.  Purchase portable potable water containers.  Rental of a potable water tanker may be an option. Estimated cost - $15,000 to purchase one tanker. 

11.  Complete transportation plan for emergency, alternate and evacuation routes. Estimated cost - $5,000 beyond current grant for county transportation planning.


1.      Acquire hazmat recognition training for all officers. Estimated cost - to be determined by next review.

2.      Purchase an RV and outfit the vehicle to serve as both a mobile dispatch center and an emergency dispatch center. Estimated cost - to be determined by next review.

3.      Build a public safety building in a safe area. Estimated cost - to be determined by next review.


1.      Complete transportation planning for emergency, alternate and evacuation routes.  Estimated cost-$50,000.

2.      Purchase containment boom. Estimated cost - to be determined by next review.


1.      Purchase a newer primary fire truck. Estimated cost - $100,000.


1.   Adopt an Emergency Response Plan for all buildings. Estimated cost - $6,000.

2.   Familiarize staff of responsibilities under the Response Plan. Estimated cost - $15,000.

3.      Install security camera systems in all buildings, (7 locations at $5,000 ea). Estimated cost - $35,000.


1.      Establish MOU between airport and North Bench VFD. Estimated cost - $l,000 legal fees.

2.      Conduct crash training for employees and fire fighters. Estimated cost - to be determined by next review.


1.   Develop isolation capability for highly communicable patients. Estimated cost - $50,000.


1.      Purchase radios to upgrade communications capabilities. Estimated cost - $13,000.

2.      Build a storage facility for Search and Rescue equipment. Estimated cost - $102,000.

3.      Purchase 3 sets of night vision equipment for Search and Rescue volunteers. Estimated cost - $4500.


1.      Purchase adequate breathing apparatus for each district.  Need 12 at $4,000 each. Estimated cost - $48,000.

2.      Purchase a truck capable of Index A Response for North Bench Fire, for dual role as an ARF vehicle for incidents at the airport, and for highway or rail incidents requiring this type of response equipment. Estimated cost - $150,000.