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Local Hazard Mitigation Plan
Local Hazard Mitigation Plan Title
The processThe City of San Mateo is in the process of updating its Local Hazard Mitigation Plan that will include a review of the hazards that threaten our community and identifying ways to reduce the damage from the risks associated with the following types of disasters:
  • earthquakes
  • floods
  • wildfires

**Draft Local Hazard Mitigation Plan Now Available**
San Mateo accepted public comment on the draft plan through April 29, 2016. The City is now updating the draft based on community input and will soon send it to the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services for review and approval.

While the comment period is over, we still invite you to review the draft.
What is Hazard Mitigation?
Hazard mitigation is any sustained action taken to reduce or eliminate the long-term risk to human life and property from hazards.

A hazard mitigation plan:

  • identifies the hazards a community faces,
  • assesses the vulnerability to the hazards, and
  • identifies specific actions that can be taken to reduce the risk from the hazards.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) requires local governments to update their Local Hazard Mitigation Plan every 5 years. 
The 2010 Local Hazard Mitigation Plan (LHMP) was approved by FEMA in March 2011 and was later adopted by City Council.
*SOURCE: GAO cost-benefit analysis of a sample of hazard mitigation grants awarded by FEMA
Your Input is Vital to this Process!
Your Input is VitalDo you have ideas for helping our community reduce the risks and become better prepared for possible future natural disasters.

The City is now updating the draft based on community input and will soon send it to the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services for review and approval.            
Interested parties may also comment via email or via US Mail:

Jenelle Masterson, Emergency Preparedness Coordinator
City of San Mateo Fire Department
1040 E. Hillsdale Blvd.
Foster City, CA 94404


What are the Benefits of the City of San Mateo’s Local Hazard Mitigation Plan?
A FEMA approved Local Hazard Mitigation Plan helps to reduce risk from natural hazards in the following areas:
Lives Property Economy
Protects public safety and preventing loss of life and injury

Improves community health and safety
Reduces damage to buildings and infrastructure

Protects the community's unique economic, cultural and environmental resources
Reduces the economic and financial impact of disasters

Speeds community recovery following disasters

Ensures City of San Mateo’s eligibility for pre- and post-disaster mitigation grant funding

I Want to Know More About My Hazards and Reducing Risks!
We’re glad that you want to take action to learn about your hazards and find ways to reduce your risk, please explore the following resources to learn more.
City of San Mateo Hazard Maps icon_caladapt.png

ALSO SEE: Emergency Preparedness Resources

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