Local Hazard Mitigation Plan
Reduce or remove long-term risk and protect the people and property of the County from the effects of events like fire, flood, earthquake, terrorism, etc. through planned regular actions. Use of this plan could make Placer County and participating jurisdictions’ eligible for certain federal disaster assistance.
To review the current FEMA approved plan, please scroll down to the bottom of this page.
2015 Master Plan Update – In Progress
2015 Local Hazard Mitigation Plan Complete Draft
- 2nd Draft Annex of Participating Agencies
PLACER COUNTY LOCAL HAZARD MITIGATION PLAN UPDATE – FINAL PUBLIC MEETINGS
Nationwide, taxpayers pay billions of dollars annually helping communities, organizations, businesses, and individuals recover from disaster. Some disasters are predictable and, in many cases, much of the damage can be reduced or even eliminated through hazard mitigation planning. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has targeted natural disaster loss reduction as one of its primary goals. Pursuant to the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000, local jurisdictions are required to have a FEMA-approved Local Hazard Mitigation Plan (LHMP) to better position resources in advance of a disaster and to maintain eligibility for certain disaster assistance and hazard mitigation funding programs.
Placer County is leading the update to its 2010 plan. The purpose of this update is to assess risk to natural hazards such as floods, wildfires drought, and other severe weather events; implement actions to reduce future losses; and maintain eligibility for federal mitigation funds. Another benefit of this mitigation planning update process is to enhance the floodplain management programs of the county and cities which can help reduce the costs of flood insurance to residents of Placer County through participation in the National Flood Insurance Program’s Community Rating System. Partnering with the county in this planning effort are the incorporated communities of Auburn, Colfax, Lincoln, Loomis, and Rocklin and many special districts throughout the county.
This process began in April of 2015 with an initial public meeting and the establishment of a planning committee that included representatives of various local agencies and the public.
Public Review Draft
The public review draft of the LHMP update is now available (in printed copy) at the reference desks at the following Placer County libraries: Auburn, Rocklin, Granite Bay, and Tahoe City. The address of the libraries and library hours are located at http://www.placer.ca.gov/departments/library/locationsandhours. The public review draft is also available online (pdf file) at: http://www.placer.ca.gov/departments/ceo/emergency/local-hazard-mitigation-plan.
Open Public Meetings
Final public meetings to review and accept comments on the public review draft LHMP update are scheduled as follows:
Separate (duplicate) meetings are scheduled as follows:
Public Meeting - January 20, 2016, 6 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Fire Station 180, Placer County Fire, 11645 Atwood Rd., Auburn, CA 94603-9522
Hazard Mitigation Planning Committee/Working Group – January 21, 2016, 9 a.m. - noon
Auburn Justice Center, Community Room, 2929 Richardson Dr., Auburn, CA 95603
Public Meeting - January 21, 2016, 6 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Station 51, North Tahoe Fire, 222 Fairway Dr., Tahoe City, CA 96145
Hazard Mitigation Planning Committee/Working Group – January 22, 2016, 9 a.m. - noon
Station 51, North Tahoe Fire, 222 Fairway Drive, Tahoe City, CA 96145
The 9 a.m. meetings are designed for the planning committee; the 6 p.m. meetings are for the public. However, the public is encouraged to come to either meeting at their convenience. Please come to one of these meetings to provide your final input to the LHMP update.
Comments on the Public Review Draft
There are several options for providing input to the LHMP Update public review draft:
What is Hazard Mitigation?
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) defines hazard mitigation as, “any sustained action taken to reduce or eliminate long-term risk to life and property from natural hazards.” Another way to understand hazard mitigation is as the prevention component of the emergency management process.
- Preparedness activities are the emergency plans, training, drills, and exercises that individuals, communities and first responders participate in on almost a daily basis. These are things done to get ready for an emergency or disaster before it happens.
- Response is the short-term, emergency actions taken to address the immediate impacts of a hazard.
- Recovery is the longer-term process of restoring the community back to normal or pre-disaster conditions.
- Mitigation activities are actions that will prevent or eliminate losses, even if an incident does occur. Mitigation can reduce or eliminate the need for an emergency response and greatly reduce the recovery period.
This may sound complicated, but we all do many of these things on a daily basis.
Why is Natural Hazard Mitigation Important?
Most people who live or work in Placer County have been affected by natural hazards in one way or another. Placer County and its residents are vulnerable to a variety of hazards including floods, dam failure, wildfire, drought, and other severe weather events.
The rising costs associated with disaster response and recovery have focused the attention of federal, state, and local governments on addressing natural hazards before they occur. Obviously, events like torrential rains and floods cannot be prevented from occurring. However, planning for natural hazards and implementing mitigation measures can reduce the impact of such events when they do occur. Emergency response and recovery costs; property damage and monetary losses; personal injury and loss of life; and the overall economic and social impact on the community can all be reduced, and in some instances eliminated, through natural hazard mitigation.
Hazard Mitigation Plan and Plan Update Process
Mitigation planning is a process for state and local governments to identify community-level policies and actions that will mitigate and thus reduce the impacts of natural hazards. According to a federal law, the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000, local governments are required to complete a “local hazard mitigation plan (LHMP)” every five years in order to remain eligible for future federal disaster mitigation funding. Placer County’s last LHMP was completed in 2010.
After securing FEMA mitigation grant funding in 2014, Placer County is using the funds to support an update of their LHMP. Partners in this planning effort include the cities of Auburn, Colfax, Lincoln, and Rocklin, the Town of Loomis, and several special districts. This LHMP Update is being developed by a Hazard Mitigation Planning Committee comprised of representatives from various County and City departments; neighboring jurisdictions, key federal state and local agency stakeholders, and the public. The plan is addressing an updated list of hazards, including flood, dam failure, wildfire, earthquake, drought and water shortage, severe weather, and agricultural hazards such as pests and invasive species. The plan will assess the likely impacts of these hazards to the people and property of the County and will also establish updated goals and prioritize mitigation projects to reduce the impacts of future disasters on people and property as well as to critical facilities and infrastructure.
Wherever possible, the plan identifies steps that help avoid, reduce, alleviate, or mitigate disaster damages. Another benefit of mitigation planning is that it can also help reduce the cost of flood insurance in Placer County through FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program’s Community Rating System.
National Flood Insurance Program’s Community Rating System
The National Flood Insurance Program's (NFIP) Community Rating System (CRS) is a voluntary incentive program that recognizes and encourages community floodplain management activities that exceed the minimum NFIP requirements. As a result, flood insurance premium rates are discounted to reflect the reduced flood risk resulting from the community actions meeting the goals of the CRS Program. The objective of the CRS is to reward communities for what they are doing, as well as to provide an incentive for implementing additional flood protection activities. The reduction in flood insurance premium rates is provided according to a community’s CRS classification. Placer County is currently a CRS Class 5, which provides a 25 percent discount on flood insurance for those located within the special flood hazard area (SFHA) and a 10 percent discount for those located in non-SFHA areas. This discount currently saves county residents over $76,000 annually.
Opportunities for Input
Members of the community have a very important role in this process. A draft of the 2015 LHMP Update is available for review and comment by the public and all intresed stakeholders. The draft is posted at the beginning of this website under the title, 2015 Master Plan Update-In Progress.
Planning team and public meetings will also be held as part of the plan development process. Please check back for information on specific meeting times and locations.
For more information on this project and how to provide input, contact Rod Rodriguez at (530) 886-4600 or YRodrigu@placer.ca.gov.
We want your input!
Please take our survey to assist with the update to our local hazard mitigation plan.
In addition, the public is invited to participate in the online survey on hazards and hazard mitigation. This information will be reviewed as part of the planning process. The online address to participate in the survey is: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PlacerHazardMitigationPlan.
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LHMP 2010 Current FEMA approved Plan
- Table of Contents
- Plan Details
- Annex by Cities
- Executive Summary