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Posted on: July 8, 2021

Local Hazard Mitigation Plan Update Available for Viewing

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Local Hazard Mitigation Plan Update


The County of Santa Cruz has posted the draft of the updated 2021 - 2026 Local Hazard Mitigation Plan on their website, where it will remain available for viewing & public comment through July 23, 2021.

Background


The Federal Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 (DMA) established requirements for state and local government agencies to prepare comprehensive Disaster Mitigation Plans in order to be eligible for hazard mitigation grant funding. The County Office of Emergency Services completed a Local Hazard Mitigation Plan (LHMP) for the period 2010-2015. After review and approval of the LHMP by the California Office of Emergency Services (CalOES) and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Board of Supervisors adopted the 2010-2015 LHMP.

The DMA requires the LHMP to be monitored, evaluated, and updated within a five-year cycle for the County to remain eligible for disaster-related benefits under the DMA. The updated 2015-2020 LHMP was approved in 2016 by CalEMA and FEMA, as submitted, and adopted by the Board of Supervisors. The update was informed by the County Climate Action Strategy of 2013. The review by FEMA noted the plan has many strengths including the use of available data, risk analysis, identification of hazards, mitigation strategies, and identification of multiple hazards related to drought and climate change.

2021 Update


Over the past year, the Planning Department has coordinated the update of the LHMP among all County departments identified as lead departments in the mitigation action plan. Planning staff worked with County departments to evaluate the hazards, risks, and mitigation measures identified in the previous plan within their respective areas of expertise and incorporated the results of these evaluations into the update of the plan. The updated plan, entitled "County of Santa Cruz Local Hazard Mitigation Plan, 2021 - 2026" has been reviewed and revised in 2021 to reflect current information, changes in development, progress in local mitigation efforts, and changes in priorities.

The 2021 update of the County’s Local Hazard Mitigation Plan (LHMP) is available for public review and comment. A guidance document provides a summary of the significant updates. The review and comment period on the updated document will run through July 23, 2021. The documents can be reviewed via the link below. 

A hard copy is also available at the Planning Department at the County Administrative Building, 701 Ocean Street, 4th Floor, Santa Cruz, CA 95060. Please submit any comments to Planning Department staff coordinating the update: David Carlson, Resource Planner, david.carlson@santacruzcounty.us, (831) 454-3173. Comments can also be mailed to the Planning Department at the above address.

Link to County of Santa Cruz Local Hazard Mitigation Plan, 2021 - 2026


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