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Sutton County Hazard Mitigation Plan – June 2024

The goal of all mitigation efforts is long-term reduction. The emphasis on sustained actions to reduce long-term risk differentiates mitigation from preparedness and response tasks that are required to survive a disaster and form recovery tasks, which are essentially the return to predisaster status. Mitigation actions follow a disaster focus on making the situation safer and better than before the incident occurred. Mitigation is an essential component of emergency management. Effective mitigation actions can decrease the impact, the requirements, and the expense of future hazard events. None of the communities in this plan have been designated for special consideration because of minority or economically disadvantaged populations.

Hazard mitigation planning is never ending. The primary purpose of this plan is to ensure that the residents, visitors, and businesses in Sutton County, Texas are safe and secure from natural hazards by reducing the risk and vulnerability before disasters happen, through federal, state, and local community communication, public education, research, and data analysis. This plan is intended to serve as a guide in coordinating and implementing hazard mitigation policies, programs, and projects.

The Sutton County Hazard Mitigation Plan has been developed, and the assessment level of planning preparedness is intermediate. The Hazard Mitigation Action Plan Update will only serve to enhance the County’s already considerable capabilities in recognizing, planning for, responding to, and recovering from disaster. The County’s history of careful development, monitoring, and integration of emergency management and hazard mitigation planning is testament to its standing commitment to make the jurisdictions as disaster resistant as possible.

What is Nixle?

Nixle is a Community Information Service dedicated to helping you stay connected to the information that matters most to you, depending on your physical location. You stay connected to your local police department, your children’s schools, your local community agencies and organizations, and the important information from other locations throughout the country that are relevant to you. Our service is built on the most secure, reliable, and high-speed distribution platform, ensuring that you receive trusted and immediate, geographically relevant information. Information is immediately available over your cell phone by text message, by email, and over the web. Your account can be customized so you receive the information that matters most to you. Whether it is where you live, work, or have friends or family throughout the country, the information is immediately available to you over your mobile phone, email and computer.

The City of Sonora is proud to use Nixle to better stay in touch with citizens. The simple way to opt in is to text your zip code to 888777.

Welcome from the Mayor

As the Mayor, it is my privilege and honor to welcome you to the beautiful City of Sonora Texas. Sonora has been a wonderful home to not only my family but to so many others as well. There is no question that we are fortunate to live in such a beautiful city, surrounded by world renowned caverns, Eaton Hill and the beautiful oak trees that give us shelter.

While all of these things are wonderful and a big reason Sonora attracts so many visitors from around the world, it is the beauty of the people of Sonora that makes the city great. You can see this in the warm smiles that greet you in our shops and stores to the invaluable folks at our state-of-the-art medical facilities and in our school system that is ranked among the top 20% in the State of Texas. 

Our vision is to continue to grow in excellence as a community, providing not only a place that is memorable to visit but a city that is filled with pride for the people that call it home. I am always out in our community so whether you are a visitor or a fellow resident, don’t hesitate to stop me and say hello. If I can be of assistance, please call my office and for Mayoral updates please visit my Mayor’s Corner on social media. Welcome to Sonora, welcome to our home!

Juanita Gomez, Mayor