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 identified hazards of concern.
In accordance with the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000, the East Bay Regional Park District (EBRPD) is developing a Local Hazard Mitigation Plan (LHMP) Update to their 2017 LHMP. The purpose of the LHMP development process is to help reduce the impacts of natural hazards to the EBRPD and the communities it serves.
Wildfire, drought, floods, earthquakes, and severe weather hazards are just a few of the hazards of concern to the Park District. While natural hazards such as these cannot be prevented, an LHMP forms the foundation for the Park District’s long-term strategy to reduce disaster losses by breaking the repeated cycle of disaster damage and reconstruction. Jurisdictions with a DMA-compliant, FEMA-approved LHMP are also eligible for FEMA pre- and post-disaster grant funding and are better positioned to respond and recover when disasters occur.
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.
Opportunities for Input
Members of the community have a very important role in this process. The Public Review Draft LHMP Update (PDF) is available for review and comment by the public and all interested stakeholders. A final public meeting will also be held on the Draft Plan, see below for details.
Public Review Draft
Public Review Draft - 2022 EBRPD LHMP Update (PDF)
The Public Review Draft of the 2022 LHMP Update is also available (in printed copy) at 2950 Peralta Oaks Ct., Oakland, CA 94605.
We encourage attendance and participation from the public at our upcoming public meeting (via Zoom) on the Draft LHMP Update.
Wednesday, November 16, 2022, 6:00 – 7:30 pm
Comments on the Public Review Draft
Comments on the Public Draft review are due by Friday December 2, 2022.
There are a couple of options for providing input and comments on the Public Review Draft:
- Email comments to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
- Drop off written comments or send by mail to: East Bay Regional Park District Attn. Jeff Rasmussen, 2950 Peralta Oaks Ct., Oakland, CA 94605.
Final Hazard Mitigation Planning Committee (HMPC) Meeting
The final HMPC meeting will be held to address public comments and finalize the LHMP Update for submittal to Cal OES and FEMA:
Thursday, November 17, 2022, 9:00 – 11:00 am
For more information on this project and how to be involved, contact Jeff Rasmussen at firstname.lastname@example.org or (510) 544-2130.