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.
For more information on this project and how to be involved, contact Zach Hamill at [email protected] or (530) 822-4575.