Hazard Mitigation Plan

Socorro County Mulit-Jurisdictional Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan

In 2009, Socorro County, the City of Socorro, the Village of Magdalena, and New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology partnered together with State and Federal Emergency Management agencies to compile a comprehensive plan to reduce losses to property and injury to people in our community from the devastation caused by natural hazards.

Utilizing publications from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) called “How-To Guides,” the Mitigation Planning Group organized into a cohesive unit and tackled the task at hand.

They endeavored to identify all hazards; profile the hazard events; assess local vulnerabilities; estimate potential losses; assess capability of their organizations; and identify, analyze, and prioritize mitigation measures. The whole time they were gathering information by referencing the records, they also involved the public by gaining their knowledge of natural hazard events and their ideas on what could be done to alleviate their nefarious effects. A natural result of documenting all of this activity was the creation we now call the Socorro County Multi-Jurisdictional Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan.

Each of the organizations involved in the Plan showed they were serious about decreasing these losses by formally adopting the Plan into their official ordinances.

The current plan is located as an attachment at the bottom of this page.

Plan Update

The Socorro County Multi-Jurisdictional Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan seeks to identify the natural hazards that impact our community, identify actions to reduce losses from those hazards, and establishes a coordinated process to implement the plan. Plan partners are Socorro County, the City of Socorro, New Mexico Tech, the Village of Magdalena and Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District.

The Socorro County Multi-Jurisdictional Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan, is a living document. It is more of a reflection of the concern of our communities’ elected representatives than it is merely words on paper. They saw - and were moved - by the damage; then they went about to diminish its painful effects.

Periodic updates are patently a requirement. Due to the fact that the parameters of the Plan Update are numerous and complex, the same steps must be taken to gather the current information as were used in the outset.
The Federal laws that govern Natural Hazard Mitigation Funding, The Stafford Act (as amended), and The Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000, require that Local Mitigation Plans be in place and updated every five years in order to receive Federal funding for hazard mitigation projects. The Mitigation Planning Group seeks the input and feedback of organizations and those living in Socorro County in order to properly update the Plan. This web page is one of the vehicles through which we can receive this valuable information from you. Please allow this Update to perform as it aspires by using this site to communicate with us.
The Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District has joined with the original four local partner organizations in their efforts to make natural disasters less severe.


Socorro County 
County Manager

Gail Tripp
Emergency Manager 

ES Coordinator 

New Mexico Tech
Senior Safety Officer

Lindsay Candelaria
Director of Haz Waste

Joe Franklin
Director of IT &C

City of Socorro
City Councilor

City of Socorro
Fire Management
Michael A. Hawkes,
Sep 23, 2015, 4:09 PM
Michael A. Hawkes,
Apr 11, 2016, 1:00 PM