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File #: 15-0256    Version: 1 Name: DP/FD/PD - Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan
Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
File created: 2/26/2015 In control: City Council
On agenda: 3/24/2015 Final action: 3/24/2015
Title: Recommendation to adopt resolution to submit the updated Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan in accordance with the Federal Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 - Public Law 106-390; and authorize City Manager to amend and update the Plan annually or as requested by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. (Citywide)
Sponsors: Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Communications, Fire, Police
Attachments: 1. 032415-R-11sr&att.pdf, 2. RES-15-0033.pdf
TITLE
Recommendation to adopt resolution to submit the updated Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan in accordance with the Federal Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 - Public Law 106-390; and authorize City Manager to amend and update the Plan annually or as requested by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. (Citywide)

DISCUSSION
In October 2000, the Federal Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 (Mitigation Act) was signed into law. Pursuant to the Mitigation Act, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) requires local, county and state government to submit a Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan (NHMP) to FEMA in order to be eligible for grant funding for pre-disaster mitigation projects and expanded post-disaster relief or emergency assistance funding. The FEMA-approved mitigation planning process includes, identifying natural and man-made hazards, determining potential impacts, developing mitigation measures for those hazards, and implementing measures to reduce the impacts of those hazards.

The overarching goals of the NHMP plan are to protect life and property, enhance public awareness, preserve natural systems, encourage partnerships and implementation, strengthen emergency services, and return to normalcy as quickly as possible. The NHMP provides a specific evaluation of seven hazards identified as posing significant threats to the community: earthquake; flood; windstorm; tsunami; public health hazards; drought; and technological and human-caused hazards. As the cost of damages from disasters to metropolitan areas across the country continue to increase, the City realizes the importance of identifying effective ways to reduce vulnerability to disasters. Mitigation plans assist communities in reducing risk from hazards by identifying resources, providing information and creating strategies for risk reduction, while helping to guide and coordinate mitigation activities. Planning for the mitigation of natural and man-made hazards is an integral element of the C...

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