Local Hazard Mitigation Plan
Hazard Mitigation Plan Update
The City of Santa Rosa, Sonoma County, the Cities of Cotati, Sonoma, Sebastopol, the Town of Windsor, the Sonoma County Ag + Open Space District, Sonoma County Fire Districts, and both the Gold Ridge and Sonoma Resource Conservation District are collaborating on a Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan to use science-based decision making in our collective effort to identify and implement natural hazard risk reduction projects throughout the County. The Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan (MJHMP) project will also result in an update to the City's Local Hazard Mitigation Plan in compliance with Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) requirements.
Public involvement is an essential part of the planning process. Opportunities will be offered via a multimedia campaign that will include public meetings, web-based information, questionnaires, and updates on the plan’s progress via the news media. This process will be overseen by a Steering Committee made up of stakeholders of a diverse, interdisciplinary group of experts in emergency management and community members. This Steering Committee will meet monthly throughout the planning process. These meetings are open to the public and until further notice will be held virtually due to health orders related to the COVID-19 pandemic. See the View upcoming meetings link below for more information about Steering Committee meetings.
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 Sonoma County and its incorporated cities and towns can take full advantage of state and federal grant programs
- Enhancing Local Policies for Hazard Mitigation Capability to provide the policy basis for mitigation actions that should be promulgated by participating jurisdictions; and
- Providing Inter-Jurisdictional Coordination of Mitigation-Related Programming
Project Timeline: August 2019-August 2022
The Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 requires state and local governments to develop and adopt a Local Hazard Mitigation Plan to be eligible to receive Federal grants pertaining to disaster preparedness. In January 2017, the City Council adopted the current Local Hazard Mitigation Plan.
Scheduled from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month, the Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan Steering Committee meets and follows standardized public comment protocol to advise the development of the Hazard Plan. Public participation is encouraged.