Local Hazard Mitigation Plan
Mitigation Plans form the foundation for a community's long-term strategy to reduce disaster losses and break the cycle of disaster damage, reconstruction, and repeated damage. The planning process is as important as the plan itself. It creates a framework for risk-based decision making to reduce damages to lives, property, and the economy from future disasters. Hazard mitigation is sustained action taken to reduce or eliminate long-term risk to people and their property from hazards. The Federal Government passed the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 which encourages and rewards pre-disaster planning at all levels of local and state government. The Federal Emergency Management Agency utilizes Local Hazard Mitigation Plans to issue grant funding for pre-disaster projects. The Sonoma County Water Agency since 2004 has initiated a natural hazard reliability improvement program. This Plan includes priority listing of hazard mitigation projects.
The Water Agency must update its current Plan every five years to ensure it remains relevant to current events and system conditions and to meet regulations set forth by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. In particular, staff will be reviewing the prioritized listing of hazard mitigation projects.
The Sonoma County Water Agency Board of Directors on December 11, 2012 adopted an updated Local Hazard Mitigation Plan.