Local Hazard Mitigation Plan
In order to satisfy federal requirements of the Department of Homeland Security and FEMA, Placer County and five incorporated cities in the county, Auburn, Colfax, Lincoln, Loomis, and Rocklin, created a county-wide hazard mitigation plan. The plan enables the county and the cities to take ongoing action to reduce or eliminate long-term risks to human life and property from many types of hazards. The plan was approved by the Placer County Board of Supervisors, the California Office of Emergency Services and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Because the county and the cities have completed this plan, they'll have access to FEMA funds in case of a disaster. The City of Roseville created a separate plan that is coordinated with the countywide plan.
An example of the sort of action in the plan would be the county's activities after the 1995 and 1997 floods to get federal dollars to help homeowners in flood-prone areas to raise their homes. That reduced the likelihood of future risks to residents and their property from floods.
Hazard mitigation activities will reduce the effect of some sorts of hazards in the future, thereby reducing the potential expense in response. The plan identies possible mitigation activities, and allows the county and cities to plan for emergency responses to a range of possible hazards with the hope that response actions will be improved and costs reduced.
Public input was an important component of the plan development. The county held public meetings and public input was gathered.
The plan's elements are provided in Portable Document Format - PDF - below. To read a PDF document, you need the free Adobe Acrobat Reader PDF software on your computer. If you don't have it installed, you may download it from the Adobe website. Adobe provides detailed instructions on downloading and installing its free PDF reader. Some files are quite large and may take a while to download.
In addition, the slides from the presentation made at the public meetings are available.
The plan addresses a wide range of possible hazards. Natural threats include flooding, earthquakes, naturally-caused wildfires. Man-made threats would include wildfires or catastrophic urban fires.
For further information, contact Rui Cunha, Program Manager, Office of Emergency Services. You can reach him by email (Rcunha@placer.ca.gov), by phone at 530-886-5300, or in writing at County of Placer, 2968 Richardson Drive, Auburn, California 95603.