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CM2016-084 <br /> eigb C/Ualzage4 <br /> Chinoof <br /> MEMORANDUM <br /> Hills <br /> DATE: November 8, 2016 <br /> TO: Honorable Mayor and City Coun,i , <br /> FROM: Konradt Bartlam, City Manag .r �� <br /> RE: LOCAL HAZARD MITIGATIO • LAN UPDATE (LHMP) <br /> It is a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) requirement to have a current <br /> Local Hazard Mitigation Plan (LHMP) to be eligible to receive certain types of federal <br /> grants, and many of the LHMP's approved in 2011/12 are about to expire. The County's <br /> Office of Emergency Services (OES) is once again leading the effort for the 2016 update <br /> of the FEMA required LHMP. The OES contracted with a consultant to assist the County <br /> and local jurisdictions in the Hazard Mitigation Plan update process. The consultant will <br /> provide guidance, a modified template that includes any FEMA requirements including <br /> climate change, and additional technical assistance. The entire process is expected to <br /> take approximately eight months from start to FEMA approval. <br /> City staff has started the process of updating the City's Local Hazard Mitigation Plan <br /> (LHMP). The purpose of the update and the LHMP is to: (1) be compliant with FEMA <br /> requirements, and (2) to identify the City's natural, environmental, and man-made <br /> hazards and develop a risk assessment and mitigation plan for those hazards. This plan <br /> will result in better emergency management during an event as well as identify projects <br /> that could potentially reduce risks in the community. With a plan in place, we can <br /> prioritize projects and the City will continue to be eligible to obtain FEMA Mitigation Grant <br /> Funds if a disaster is declared. <br /> Once hazards are identified, a key element in the mitigation planning process is the <br /> discussion it promotes among community members about creating a safer, more <br /> disaster-resilient community. Federal regulations for mitigation plan approval requires <br /> that stakeholders and the general public are given opportunities to be involved during <br /> the planning process and in the plan's maintenance and implementation. This process <br /> must be documented and included within the plan. <br />