Local Hazard Mitigation and Adaptation Plan Revision
Palo Alto is susceptible to Natural Disasters ranging from Earthquakes, to Fires, to Floods, among other hazards. Recurring events within California, across the Nation, and around the World reminds that we are vulnerable to nature’s wrath. But understanding how these hazards could impact our community and then developing strategies to lessen or eliminate their impacts is the purpose of mitigation planning.
The federal Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 (DMA) requires all cities, counties, and special districts to adopt a Local Hazard Mitigation Plan (LHMP) to receive disaster mitigation funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The DMA provides that a local agency may adopt a Local Hazard Mitigation Plan or participate in the preparation of and adopt a Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan. In 2011, The Association of Bay Area Governments received funds from FEMA to serve as the lead agency in the creation of a Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan for the nine-county Bay Area. With participation from the City of Palo Alto and other local agencies, ABAG created an umbrella Hazard Mitigation Plan entitled “Taming Natural Disasters.”
Pursuant to the Disaster Mitigation Act (2000), the Santa Clara County’s Office of Emergency Services prepared an annex to the 2010 ABAG Local Hazard Mitigation Plan (LHMP) to serve as Santa Clara County’s Local Hazard Mitigation Plan. The LHMP emerged from a collaborative planning effort that involved the assembly of a Local Planning Team comprised of representatives from County departments, private sector businesses, stakeholders, and 13 of the 15 incorporated cities in Santa Clara County, including Palo Alto. The LHMP identifies and prioritizes potential and existing hazards across jurisdictional borders, including hazards that may be further amplified by climate change. In an effort to guide the County’s ongoing hazard mitigation efforts through the life of the LHMP, mitigation objectives were identified.
It is now time for Palo Alto to revise the existing Local Hazard Mitigation and Adaptation Plan. Santa Clara County intends to once again develop a multi-jurisdictional plan as before and has been awarded federal grant funding to assist in the plan development which will begin later this summer. For now, Palo Alto has started its internal planning effort and is making our planning process available for our public to participate. Give us your thoughts on our Hazard Analysis, Hazards Exposure, and Mitigation Strategies.
If you have a specific comment or question, contact us at LHMAP@cityofpaloalto.org
. Palo Alto Annex to the Santa Clara County Local Hazard Mitigation Plan
Palo Alto Stakeholder Meetings27 April 2016
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[ The Plan ]
Stakeholder WorkshopStakeholder Meeting 1 SlidesStakeholder Meeting 1 AgendaStakeholder Meeting 1 Minutes30 April 2016
Public Outreach Event (Great Race for Saving Water
Introduction to LHMP and Vulnerability Review. 7 May 2016
Public Outreach Event (May Fete Parade
Introduction to LHMP and Vulnerability Review. 5 August 2016
Stakeholder (Public) Workshop 2
Develop Mitigation Goals and List of StrategiesWorkshop AgendaWorkshop Slides Workshop Meeting Minutes
27 October 2016
CancelledPalo Alto City Staff Internal Planning Team Meetings25 February 2016
Getting Started Meeting: Internal City Planning Team #1 31 March 2016
Internal Planning Team Meeting #2Meeting Minutes26 April 2016
Goal & Strategy Development Meeting: Internal City Planning Team Meeting #3Meeting Minutes26 July 2016
Develop Mitigation Strategies: Internal City Planning Team Meeting #4Meeting Minutes30 August 2016
Implementation and Prioritization of Strategies & Actions (Objectives and Projects)
Internal Planning Team Meeting #5Meeting Minutes19 January 2017
Final internal Planning MeetingMeeting MinutesDraft Mitigation Plan Sections
Hazard Analysis Exposure Maps
- Phase I & II
- The current draft covers two phases of input into the panning format: administrative information and capability assessments. The next phase will include hazard analysis and mitigation actions.
- Phase 3 [To be published]
What is a Local Hazard Mitigation and Adaptation Plan?
The LHMAP identifies and prioritizes potential and existing hazards across jurisdictional borders, including hazards that may be further amplified by climate change. In an effort to guide the ongoing hazard mitigation efforts, mitigation objectives are identified with prioritized actions for each objective. Through mitigation projects, hazards will have smaller impacts on Palo Alto in the future. Why does Palo Alto need one?
The federal Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 (DMA) requires all cities, counties, and special districts to adopt a Local Hazard Mitigation Plan (LHMP) to receive disaster mitigation funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). This plan must be adopted by local government every five years. Our updated plan is due in 2017 and you can find the current plan at this link
. Aren’t there already a number of planning efforts ongoing like this one?
Yes, The City is revising the existing Comprehensive Plan, and our Office of Sustainability is almost ready to roll out the Sustainability & Climate Action Plan. Both of these documents will be informative to the LHMAP. Additionally, FEMA has placed a higher emphasis on adaptation planning so this year’s effort will draw heavily on the S/CAP. FEMA has also created an incentive for LHMAPs to be linked to jurisdictional General Plans or Comprehensive Plans to demonstrate the strong relationship between mitigation and comprehensive planning.
Last Updated: Jan 20, 2017