Local Hazard Mitigation Plan
As of September 10, 2021, FEMA & CalOES have accepted the updated Sonoma County Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan (Plan), with an “Approval Pending Adoption” letter forthcoming. This means that the updated Plan meets all state and federal requirements and awaits formal adoption from the Santa Rosa City Council before going into effect for the City. Formal Council adoption of the Plan is expected at the November 30, 2021, meeting.
Hazard Mitigation Plan Update
The City of Santa Rosa is currently updating the Local Hazard Mitigation Plan by utilizing a Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation planning approach that involves collaboration with local jurisdictions and the community.
In addition to the City of Santa Rosa, the other participating jurisdictions are:
- County of Sonoma
- City of Cotati
- Town of Windsor
- City of Sonoma
- County Ag + Open Space
- Sonoma Resource Conservation District
- Gold Ridge Resource Conservation District
- Timber Cove Fire District
- North Sonoma Coast Fire District
- Cloverdale Fire District
- Sonoma County Fire District
- Rancho Adobe Fire District
Local Hazard Mitigation Plan Update Goals
The MJHMP will help to inform the Noise and Safety Element of the City’s General Plan and will serve multiple purposes, including:
- Enhancing Public Awareness and Understanding of the hazards that threaten public health, safety, and welfare
- Creating a Decision Tool for Management to take action to address vulnerabilities to future disasters
- Promoting Compliance with State and Federal Program Requirements to ensure that the City can take full advantage of state and federal grant programs
- Enhancing Local and Regional Policies for Hazard Mitigation Capability to provide the policy basis for mitigation actions
- Providing Inter-Jurisdictional Coordination of Mitigation-Related Programming
Project Timeline: August 2019 - Fall 2021
The City is required by the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 to update the Local Hazard Mitigation Plan every five years to remain eligible to receive Federal grants for pre- and post-disaster hazard mitigation projects. In January 2017, the City Council adopted the current Local Hazard Mitigation Plan.
The Hazard Mitigation Plan assesses hazard vulnerabilities and identifies mitigation actions the City will pursue to reduce the level of injury, property damage, and community disruption that might otherwise result from such events. In addition, adoption of the Plan helps the City remain eligible for various types of pre- and post- disaster community assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the State government.
Examples of hazards included in the current City of Santa Rosa Local Hazard Mitigation Plan:
- Landslide hazards
- Wildland fires
- Hazardous materials
- Dam Inundation
- Other, secondary impacts