Local Hazard Mitigation and Adaptation Plan

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
  This is a final draft version of the Palo Alto annex to the county plan. If you have a specific comment or question, contact us at LHMAP@cityofpaloalto.org.
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Palo Alto Stakeholder Meetings

27 April 2016
Stakeholder Workshop
Stakeholder Meeting 1 Slides
Stakeholder Meeting 1 Agenda
Stakeholder Meeting 1 Minutes

30 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 Strategies
Workshop Agenda
Workshop Slides
Workshop Meeting Minutes

27 October 2016
Cancelled

Palo Alto City Staff Internal Planning Team Meetings

25 February 2016
Getting Started Meeting: Internal City Planning Team #1

31 March 2016
Internal Planning Team Meeting #2
Meeting Minutes

26 April 2016
Goal & Strategy Development Meeting: Internal City Planning Team Meeting #3
Meeting Minutes

26 July 2016
Develop Mitigation Strategies: Internal City Planning Team Meeting #4
Meeting Minutes

30 August 2016
Implementation and Prioritization of Strategies & Actions (Objectives and Projects)
Internal Planning Team Meeting #5
Meeting Minutes

19 January 2017
Final internal Planning Meeting
Meeting Minutes


Hazard Analysis Exposure Maps

  FEMA Flood Zone Hazard Map
 
Fire Severity Hazard Map
 
Landslide Risk Map
 
Liquefaction Hazard Zone Map
 
Probabilistic Seismic Hazard Map
 
Sea Level Rise Hazard Map

NYT Costal Flooding Article
 
Tsunami Risk Hazard Map


FAQs  

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.  

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. 

  2012 Local Hazard Mitigation Plan
Last Updated: Apr 18, 2017