Local Hazard Mitigation Plan

 

The City of Huntington Beach Local Hazard Mitigation Plan was approved on December 20, 2022.  The plan will not be up for review until 2027. The City would like to thank the public for providing feedback during the public review process. To see the final plan click on this link:  

HB-Local-Hazard-Mitigation-Plan-2022

 

Why have an LHMP?

An LHMP will let Huntington Beach better plan for future emergencies. Usually, after a disaster occurs, communities take steps to recover from the emergency and rebuild. An LHMP is a way for the City to better prepare in advance of these disasters, so when they do occur, less damage occurs and recovery is easier. Our community can use LHMP strategies to reduce instances of property damage, injury, and loss of life from disasters. Besides protecting public health and safety, this approach can save money. Studies estimate that every dollar spent on mitigation saves an average of four dollars on response and recovery costs. An LHMP can also help strengthen the mission of public safety officers, such as police and fire department staff, providing them with clear roles and responsibilities to build a safer community.

Besides helping to protect Huntington Beach, our LHMP will make the City eligible for grants from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) that can be used to further improve safety and preparedness in the community. Having an adopted LHMP can also make Huntington Beach eligible to receive more financial assistance from the State when disasters do occur.

What is in our LHMP?

The City of Huntington Beach LHMP includes four main sections:

  1. A summary of the natural and human-caused hazards that pose a risk to our community. This includes descriptions of past disaster events and the chances of these disasters occurring in the future.
  2. An assessment of the threat to Huntington Beach, which describes how our community is vulnerable to future disasters. The plan looks at the threat to important buildings and infrastructure, such as police and fire stations, hospitals, roads, and utility lines. It will looks at the threat to community members, particularly vulnerable populations.
  3. A hazard mitigation strategy, which lays out specific policy recommendations for Huntington Beach to carry out over the next five years. These recommendations will help reduce the threat that our community faces from hazard events.
  4. A section on maintaining the plan, which helps ensure that our LHMP is kept up-to-date. This makes it easier for us to continue to proactively protect ourselves, and keeps the City eligible for additional funding.

What hazards will our LHMP help protect against?

The City plan includes the following natural hazards in our LHMP:

Our LHMP also looks at how climate change may affect these hazards and includes other hazards that pose a threat to our community.

How was our LHMP being prepared?

The City assembled a Hazard Mitigation Planning Committee (HMPC), which included representatives from City Departments and supported by key stakeholders, and technical consultants. Together, these participants formed the project team responsible for guiding the overall development of our LHMP.

What can I do now to be better prepared for disasters?


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