Tri-City 2023 Multi-Jurisdictional Local Hazard Mitigation Plan
To address Hazard Mitigation in the Tri-City area, Union Sanitary District is partnering with the City of Fremont, the Cities of Newark and Union City, and the Alameda County Water District to develop a new Tri-City Multi-jurisdictional Local Hazard Mitigation Plan (LHMP) to reduce long-term risk and loss to people and property, and to bolster community resilience in the face of future natural disasters. Additionally, communities with a FEMA-approved LHMP are eligible for FEMA pre- and post-disaster mitigation grant funding and for lower costs of flood insurance to residents through the National Flood Insurance Program’s (NFIP) Community Rating System (CRS).
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) defines hazard mitigation as, “any sustained action taken to reduce or eliminate long-term risk to life and property from natural hazards.” Another way to understand hazard mitigation is as the prevention component of the emergency management process.
- Preparedness activities are the emergency plans, training, drills, and exercises that individuals, communities, and first responders partiipate in on almost a daily basis. These are things done to get ready for an emergency or disaster before it happens.
- Response is the short-term emergency actions taken to address the immediate impacts of a hazard event or disaster.
- Recovery is the longer-term process of restoring the community back t normal or pre-disaster conditions.
- Mitigation can reduce or eliminate the need for an emergency response and greatly reduce the recovery period.
The LHMP development process is as important as the plan itself. It creates a framework for risk-based decision making to reduce damages to lives, property, and the economy from future disasters. The five participating jurisdictions are kicking off their LHMP with meetings in late May 2023 and anticipate a Plan completion in Spring 2024. For the most current information about the project, upcoming meetings, and how to get involved, visit the Tri-City Multi-jurisdictional Local Hazard Mitigation Plan project page.