Local Hazard Mitigation Plan (LHMP)
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Sutter County is updating their Local Hazard Mitigation Plan to determine the risk and vulnerability to the community from natural hazards and to identify strategies for saving lives and reducing losses. We need your help in identifying the natural hazard risks in our community, such as those associated with flood, drought, and levee failure, and how to best manage those risks. The results of this process will make our community more disaster resistant, will help reduce the costs of flood insurance, and will make sure our community remains eligible for FEMA disaster assistance.
FEMA defines Hazard Mitigation as any action taken to reduce or eliminate the long-term risk to human life and property from identified hazards of concern.
Sutter County is partnering with the Cities of Yuba City and Live Oak, and several special districts, to update their 2013 Local Hazard Mitigation Plan (LHMP). Flood, drought, earthquake, and wildfire are just a few of the hazards to Sutter County. 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 FEMA- approved LHMP are eligible for FEMA pre- and post-disaster grant funding and are better positioned to respond and recover when disasters occur. Through the LHMP development process, Sutter County and the City of Yuba City can also assist in lowering the costs of flood insurance to county residents through the National Flood Insurance Program’s (NFIP) Community Rating System (CRS).
2021 LHMP Update
Sutter County is kicking off their LHMP Update process with meetings in September 2020. The plan will address an updated list of hazards, will assess the likely impacts of these hazards to the people and assets of the Sutter County planning area, and will also establish updated goals and prioritize projects to reduce the impacts of future disasters on people and property as well as to critical facilities and infrastructure.
Opportunities for Input
Members of the community have a very important role in this process. A draft of the 2021 LHMP Update will be available on this website in Spring 2021 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 Sutter County, incorporated communities, special districts, and state and federal agencies, the public is encouraged to attend and participate in our planning and public meetings. Information on specific meeting times and locations is detailed below.
You are invited to the 3rd and 4th planning committee meetings for the development of Sutter County’s 2021 LHMP Update. These two upcoming meetings will be held on January 13 & 20, and will begin the most important phase of our LHMP planning process – the Mitigation Strategy.
During the first meeting, we will be briefly revisiting the risk assessment data developed to date and will be establishing updated plan goals and objectives.
During the second meeting, the planning committee will be working to identify and evaluate potential mitigation actions for reducing Sutter County’s risk and vulnerability to identified hazards and disasters.
Prep for next week’s working meetings:
- Identify and bring your mitigation action/project ideas to the meetings!
Everyone with mitigation project ideas should attend. Only those projects identified in the updated LHMP will be potentially eligible for FEMA funding.
- Attached is a FEMA publication – Mitigation Ideas
Take a look – it is easy to skim through and will give you mitigation ideas, by hazard. What fits for Sutter County?
- Attached is the Mitigation Goals and Actions from the 2013 LHMP. Note, that each participating jurisdiction to the 2013 LHMP will need to update BOTH the table and the text section that follows for each of their 2013 mitigation actions and projects for inclusion in the updated plan. This is a FEMA requirement for LHMP approval.
- Also attached is the Mitigation Action Worksheet that will need to be completed for each mitigation project/action to be included in the updated plan as a follow up to these meetings.
Please RSVP and plan on attending or delegating attendance to these important meetings. County, city and agency participation and coordination is a requirement of an approved plan, as is the inclusion of any hazard data, information, and mitigation projects your department or agency may want to see included in the plan. Your continued participation and input is critical to the success of this project.
- Mitigation Ideas: A Resource for Reducing Risk to Natural Hazards
- Sutter Mitigation Action Worksheet
- Sutter Mitigation Actions from 2013 Plan
January 20, 2021 (Wednesday)
1:30 - 4:00 pm
During this second meeting, the planning committee will be working to identify and evaluate potential mitigation actions for reducing Sutter County’s risk and vulnerability to identified hazards and disasters.
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Meeting ID: 890 3509 1537
For more information on this project and how to be involved, contact Zach Hamill at [email protected] or (530) 822-4575.