Hazard Mitigation Plan (HMP)
What is a Hazard Mitigation Plan?
In response to federal mandates in the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 (Public Law 106-390), EOCWD applied for and was awarded a planning grant funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to develop a Hazard Mitigation Plan (HMP). During this process, residents and officials from neighboring agencies were asked to contribute by sharing local knowledge of the area’s vulnerability to hazards and by suggesting ways the district can mitigate disasters. EOCWD also formed a steering committee made up of local stakeholders, which oversaw the plan’s development and outreach. The committee met on a monthly basis for approximately seven months and meetings were open to the public.
Major goals for the Plan:
•Protect life & property
•Increase public awareness
•Protect natural resources
•Partner with regional agencies
•Maintain essential services
What mitigation was considered?
Several natural disasters were identified and addressed in the planning process, including dam failure, earthquakes, wildfires, floods, landslides, climate change, drought, severe weather and space weather. Of these hazards, mitigation was considered for dam failure, earthquakes and wildfires.
Relocate critical assets
Retrofit critical assets to withstand dam failure
Warehouse critical materials
Reconstruct using non-flammables
Harden assets like generators