Local Hazard Mitigation Plan

Mitigation Plan Title
The City of San Mateo recently updated and adopted its Local Hazard Mitigation Plan.This plan includes a review of the hazards that threaten our community and identifies ways to reduce the damage from the risks associated with the following types of disasters:
  • earthquakes
  • floods
  • wildfires
The San Mateo City Council adopted this plan on June 5, 2017. You can review the plan here.
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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.
While the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) requires local governments to update their Local Hazard Mitigation Plan every 5 years, the City of San Mateo will review the plan annually.
*SOURCE: GAO cost-benefit analysis of a sample of hazard mitigation grants awarded by FEMA

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:


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.

California Earthquake Hazards Zone App

Would you like to know if your property is in an earthquake hazard zone? Use the California Department of Conservation's EQ Zapp on a computer, tablet or smartphone to put in an address and check! To learn more about the app, you can find more on their website.

CalFire Ready for Wildfire App

Are you prepared for Wildfire? Download CalFire's Ready for Wildfire app and find out! Also, enter to win money to help improve your home and protect it from the dangers of fire.