Local Hazard Mitigation Plan

FEMA defines Hazard Mitigation as any action taken to reduce or eliminate the long-term risk to human life and property from identified hazards of concern. 

Placer County is partnering with its Cities, Towns, fire districts, and several special districts to update the 2016 Local Hazard Mitigation Plan (LHMP).  Wildfire, flood, severe weather, drought, and earthquake are just a few of the hazards to Placer County. While natural hazards such as these cannot be prevented, an LHMP forms the foundation for a community's long-term strategy to reduce disaster losses by breaking the repeated cycle of disaster damage and reconstruction. 

Communities with a FEMA- approved LHMP are eligible for FEMA pre- and post-disaster grant funding and are better positioned to respond and recover when disasters occur.  Through the LHMP development process, Placer County can also assist in lowering the costs of flood insurance premiums to county residents through participation in the National Flood Insurance Program’s (NFIP) Community Rating System (CRS).

Nationwide, taxpayers annually pay billions of dollars helping communities, organizations, businesses and individuals recover from disaster. Some disasters are predictable and, in many cases, damage can be reduced or eliminated through hazard mitigation planning. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has targeted natural disaster loss reduction as one of its primary goals. Under 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 2021 Local Hazard Mitigation Plan Update

Placer County is kicking off the LHMP Update process with meetings in October 2020.  The plan will address an updated list of hazards, will assess the likely impacts of these hazards to the people and assets of the Placer County planning area, and will also establish updated goals and prioritize projects to reduce the impacts of future disasters on people and property as well as to critical facilities and infrastructure.

Opportunities for Input

Members of the community have a very important role in this process. A draft of the 2021 LHMP Update will be available on this website in Spring 2021 for review and comment by the public and all interested stakeholders.  

Planning Committee and public meetings will also be held as part of the plan development process.  In addition to plan participation by Placer County departments, cities, towns, fire districts, special districts, state and federal agencies, the public, and other interested stakeholders are encouraged to attend and participate in either Planning Committee or public meetings.  Information on specific meeting times and locations are detailed below.

You may also provide your input by participating in this survey.

Upcoming Meetings


  1. Meetings are being held via Zoom.  The specific weblink to participate in respective meetings will be provided at least 2 weeks prior to the each scheduled meeting.

Follow-up items from the February 3, 2021 Meeting

Follow-up items from the October 28, 2020 Kickoff Meeting

For more information on this project and how to provide input, email Young (Rod) Rodriguez at [email protected] or call 530-886-5300.

About Hazard Mitigation

Hazard mitigation is 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 done to get ready for an actual emergency or disaster before it happens.
  • Responses are the short-term, emergency actions taken to address the immediate effects 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 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.

Why Natural Hazard Mitigation Is 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.

National Flood Insurance Program’s Community Rating System

The National Flood Insurance Program's 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 community actions that meet 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% discount on flood insurance for those located within the special flood hazard area (SFHA) and a 10% discount for those located in non-SFHA areas.

2016 Local Hazard Mitigation Plan