Local Hazard Mitigation Plan
What is a Local Hazard Mitigation Plan?
A Local Hazard Mitigation Plan (LHMP) identifies potential local natural hazards and then identifies and prioritizes vulnerable areas in the local community. The purpose of an LHMP is to help communities be prepared in case of natural disasters and other hazards, as well as to prepare for the recovery after such events. An LHMP can help protect the public and City infrastructures and it allows cities to apply for the California Office of Emergency Services and Federal Emergency Management grants.
Our Local Hazard Mitigation Plan
Our plan has been submitted to the California Office of Emergency Services for review and to FEMA for final approval. When approved, The City of Watsonville will apply for CRS credits which may help lower some of our residents’ flood insurance premiums.
Assembly Bill 2140 (Hancock, 2006) authorizes local governments to adopt their LHMPs with the safety elements of their general plans (Gov. Code § 65302.6). Integration or incorporation by reference is encouraged through a post-disaster financial incentive that authorizes the state to use available California Disaster Assistance Act funds to cover local shares of the 25% non-federal portion of grant-funded post-disaster projects when approved by the legislature (Gov. Code § 8685.9).
AB 2140 is one of the most important links between general plans and hazard mitigation in California. Adopting the LHMP with the safety element provides a vehicle for implementation of the LHMP. This integration allows hazard mitigation strategies to be implemented and local hazard awareness to be upgraded and enhanced.