The draft Local Hazard Mitigation Plan is now available for review. As of March 7, 2018, the Local Hazard Mitigation Plan was submitted to Cal OES and FEMA for approval, the public review period as closed.
The City of Laguna Beach is preparing a Local Hazard Mitigation Plan, or LHMP. This plan will help create a safer community for residents, businesses, and visitors. The LHMP allows public safety officials and city staff, elected officials, and members of the public understand the threats from natural and human-caused hazards in our community. The plan will also recommend specific actions to proactively decrease these threats before disasters occur.
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An LHMP will let Laguna Beach plan for future emergencies. Usually, after a disaster occurs, communities take steps to recover from the emergency and rebuild. A LHMP is a way for the City to become more prepared in advance of these disasters, so when they do occur, less damage occurs and recovery is easier. Our community can use LHMP strategies to reduce instances of property damage, injury, and loss of life from disasters. Besides protecting public health and safety, this approach can save money. Studies estimate that every dollar spent on mitigation saves an average of four dollars on response and recovery costs. An LHMP can also help to strengthen the mission of public safety officers, such as police and fire department staff, providing them with clear roles and responsibilities to build a safer community.
Besides helping to protect Laguna Beach, our LHMP will make the City eligible for grants from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) that can be used to further improve safety and preparedness in the community. Having an adopted LHMP can also make Laguna Beach eligible to receive more financial assistance from the State when disasters do occur.
The City of Laguna Beach plans for our LHMP to have four main sections:
The City plans to include the following natural hazards in our LHMP:
Drought, extreme heat, floods, geologic and seismic hazards, nuclear hazards, severe weather, and wildfire.
Our LHMP will also look at how climate change may affect these hazards, and may include other hazards that pose a threat to our community.
The City has assembled a Hazard Mitigation Planning Committee (HMPC), which includes representatives from public safety officials and City departments, and will guide the overall development of our LHMP. The HMPC is supported by engaged private citizens on the Laguna Beach Emergency & Disaster Preparedness Committee, key stakeholders, and technical consultants. Together, these participants form the project team responsible for preparing our plan.