Every five years, the Local Hazard Mitigation Plan is updated and submitted to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The plan addresses threats from potential hazards and identifies possible strategies to reduce impacts. Hazard mitigation planning reduces loss of life and property by minimizing the impact of disasters. Cities and Special Districts must have either their own LHMP on file with FEMA or be a participating entity in a FEMA-approved LHMP to be eligible for many federal funding opportunities, including Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) Program and Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) Program. The current plan was updated in 2022, as required by FEMA, and approved by FEMA and the County Board of Supervisors in April 2023.
Beginning in 2024, OES will begin to work on a grant to contract assistance with upgrading the current LHMP to a Multi-Jurisdictional Plan, with a target completion date in 2026. Cities and Special Districts within San Joaquin County have been invited to participate in the development of the plan. Participation in the planning efforts is a requirement for Cities and Special Districts that plan to formally adopt the plan upon its completion.
Contact the OES office for questions regarding the LHMP update timeline and/or progress.