The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) defines Hazard Mitigation as any action taken to reduce or eliminate the long-term risk to human life and property from hazards. Hazard mitigation planning is a process for state and local governments to identify community-level policies and actions to mitigate and thus reduce the impacts of natural hazards.
In accordance with the Disaster Mitigation Act (DMA) of 2000, the City of Garden Grove is developing a Local Hazard Mitigation Plan (LHMP). The purpose of the LHMP development process is to help reduce the impacts of natural hazards to the citizens, property, and critical infrastructure in the City. Earthquake, fire, flood, and severe weather hazards are just a few of the hazards to the Garden Grove community. 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 DMA-compliant, FEMA- approved LHMP are eligible for FEMA pre- and post-disaster grant funding and are better positioned to respond and recover when disasters occur.
OPPORTUNITIES FOR INPUT
Members of the community have a very important role in this process. A draft of the 2019 LHMP Update will be available on this website in fall of 2019 for review and comment by the public and all interested stakeholders.
Planning team and public meetings will also be held as part of the plan development process. In addition to plan participation by the City of Garden Grove and stakeholders from other local, state and federal agencies, the public is encouraged to attend and participate in our upcoming public meetings.
For more information on this project and how to be involved, contact Katie Delfin at (714) 741-5398 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.