Local Hazard Mitigation Plan - Archived
San Mateo County Hazard Mitigation Plan Steering Committee
The Steering Committee was tasked with guiding the overall plan update process in 2016. Members of the Steering Committee were selected to represent a cross-section of views and interests within the planning area. Through this inclusion of diverse interests, the Steering Committee sought to enhance the robustness of the planning effort and to build support for hazard mitigation activities across stakeholder groups. Final decisions or recommendations on the plan update were be made by the Steering Committee based on general consensus. If consensus could not be reached or was in question, the matter was voted on by Steering Committee Leads (majority rules).
All Steering Committee meetings were open to the public and were held:
1st Tuesday of each month
9:00AM to 12:00PM
Belmont Emergency Operations Center
1 Twin Pines Lane, Belmont, CA
Announcements regarding potential cancellations, rescheduling, or location changes of Steering Committee meetings were made available on the Planning & Building Department website.
Meeting Agendas & Minutes
Frequently Asked Questions
What is hazard mitigation and what is a Local Hazard Mitigation Plan?
Hazard mitigation is defined as any sustained action taken to permanently eliminate or reduce long-term risks to human life and property from natural hazards. A LHMP is prepared by local governments in response to the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 (Public Law 106-390). These plans allow access to federal funding afforded under the Robert T. Stafford Act. These plans meet statutory requirements that including resource organization, risk assessment, public engagement, goals/objectives identification, project identification, and plan upkeep procedures.
The foundation of any mitigation plan is a risk assessment that looks at natural hazards of concern within a planning area. The risk assessment subsequently guides the development of a mitigation action plan. This action plan identifies and prioritizes sustainable and cost-effective solutions that serve to avoid hazard-associated future impacts and losses.
Common mitigation actions include:
- Enforcement of building codes, floodplain management codes and environmental regulations
- Public safety measures such as continual maintenance of roadways, culverts and dams
- Acquisition or relocation of structures, such as purchasing buildings located in a floodplain
- Acquisition of hazard prone lands in their undeveloped state to ensure they remain so
- Retrofitting structures and design of new construction such as elevating a home or building
- Protecting critical facilities and infrastructure from future hazard events
- Mitigation, disaster recovery and Continuity of Operations (COOP) planning
- Development and distribution of outreach materials related to hazard mitigation
- Deployment of warning systems
- Drainage system upgrades
Why complete a Local Hazard Mitigation Plan?
The Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 requires states and local jurisdictions to prepare and submit a hazard mitigation plan to the US Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Without an approved plan in place, the jurisdiction is out of compliance with the Act, thereby limiting eligibility for post-disaster mitigation grant funding available under the Robert T. Stafford Act. This funding is typically used for hazard mitigation and disaster recovery projects/programs. State plans are required to be updated every three years, and local jurisdictional plans must be updated every five years.
What should a jurisdiction do with the results of a Local Hazard Mitigation Plan?
Local governments should strive to implement the plan based on the priorities established through the planning process.
What natural hazards are assessed in a Local Hazard Mitigation Plan?
Local plans must be consistent with the State Hazard Mitigation Plan. The State identifies the minimum number of hazards of concern to be addressed by each local plan. For our County this plan covers climate change, dam failure, drought, earthquake, flood, landslide, severe weather, tsunami, and wildfire. While not an explicit requirement of the Disaster Mitigation Act, the plan will also include human caused hazards such as technological and terrorism risk in their risk planning program.