We recently went through the process of developing a Local Hazard Mitigation Plan (LHMP) for the City. Hazard mitigation planning is the process through which hazards that threaten communities are identified, likely impacts of those hazards are determined, mitigation goals are set, and appropriate strategies to lessen impacts are determined, prioritized, and implemented. The planning process is heavily dependent on the participation of representatives from local government agencies and departments, the general public, and other stakeholder groups.
The Federal Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 outlines a process which cities, counties, and special districts can follow to develop a Local Hazard Mitigation Plan. Development of this plan is a requirement for certain pre-and post-disaster funding from CalOES and FEMA.
In August 2016, we entered into an agreement with Foster Morrison Consulting for consulting services to create a FEMA approved LHMP.