Local Hazard Mitigation Plan

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.

Hazard Mitigation Resiliencey Cycle: Response, Recovery, Mitigation, Preparedness, Disaster

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

The process is overseen by a Steering Committee made up of stakeholders who represent an interdisciplinary group of experts in emergency management as well as community members. The Steering Committee will meet monthly throughout the planning process. These virtual meetings are held the third Thursday of every month from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. with public participation encouraged.

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:

  • Drought
  • Earthquakes
  • Floods
  • Landslide hazards
  • Wildland fires
  • Hazardous materials
  • Dam Inundation
  • Other, secondary impacts
  1. Shari Meads

    City Planner