Tricia Sears has held her position as a Natural Hazards Planner with the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development (DLCD) since May 2016. Her primary responsibility is providing technical assistance to cities, counties, and Tribal jurisdictions about natural hazards mitigation planning. More specifically, she manages projects to update and write a community’s Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan (NHMP). When communities have a current, FEMA approved NHMP they maintain eligibility for certain FEMA grant programs for pre- and post- disaster funds (millions of dollars).
While in her role at DLCD, Tricia co-authored Preparing for Landslide Hazards: A Land Use Guide for Oregon Communities, along with Bill Burns at the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI). The Landslide Guide and the Quick Reference to the Landslide Guide were published in October 2019. The Landslide Guide, along with a Quick Reference to the Landslide Guide, and a webinar about the Landslide Guide, are all available on DLCD’s and DOGAMI’s websites.
DLCD’s website for the Oregon’s Natural Hazards page: https://www.oregon.gov/lcd/NH/Pages/Natural-Hazards.aspx. Click on Landslides to see the pull down menu and access the Landslide Guide, the Quick Reference to the Landslide Guide, a webinar for the Landslide Guide, and other resources.
Tricia has a BA in Environmental Studies and a Masters in Environmental Management. Tricia also has a post graduate certificate in the Assessment and Management of Geological Risks from the University of Geneva, Switzerland. Prior to coming to work for DLCD, she worked as an environmental planner and a project manager for two cities, a county, and a wetlands delineation firm. She was also the manager of a watershed council.