Hazard Mitigation Plan Update
The Sonoma County Multijurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan (“MJHMP”) is a countywide plan that identifies risks and ways to minimize damage by natural disasters. The plan increases public awareness, helps comply with State and Federal program requirements, and enhances local policies and co-ordination.
Sonoma County and other participating jurisdictions have published a draft plan for public comment (PDF format):
Webinar: July 21, 2021 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
The jurisdictions are holding a webinar to explain the plan:
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After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
Public Comment Deadline: July 30, 2021
The jurisdictions are asking for comment on the plan until July 30, 2021. Your comments will be reviewed by the Hazard Mitigation Planning Team and incorporated into the final plan as appropriate. Please send your comments to: PRMD-HazardMitigation@sonoma-county.org or by postal mail to Sonoma County Multijurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan, C/O Lisa Hulette, 2550 Ventura Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA 95403.
Sonoma County Multijurisdictional Local Hazard Mitigation Plan Update
The planning process for updating the 2016 Local Hazard Mitigation Plan will this time utilize a Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Planning approach. This will involve collaboration with local jurisdictions and the community.
Jurisdictions Currently Involved:
- City of Santa Rosa
- City of Cotati
- Town of Windsor
- City of Sonoma
- County Ag + Open Space
- Sonoma Resource Conservation District
- Gold Ridge Resource Conservation District
- Timber Cove Fire District
- North Sonoma Coast Fire District
- Cloverdale Fire District
- Sonoma County Fire District
- Rancho Adobe Fire District
The process will be overseen by a Steering Committee made up of stakeholders who represent an interdisciplinary group of experts in emergency management as well as community members. This Steering Committee will meet monthly throughout the planning process. These virtual meetings will be open to the public.
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Plan Update Goals
The MJHMP will integrate into the Public Safety Element of the County’s General Plan and will serve multiple purposes, including:
- Enhancing Public Awareness and Understanding of the hazards that threaten public health, safety and welfare
- Creating a Decision Tool for Management to take action to address vulnerabilities to future disasters
- Promoting Compliance with State and Federal Program Requirements to ensure that Sonoma County and its incorporated cities and towns can take full advantage of state and federal grant programs
- Enhancing Local Policies for Hazard Mitigation Capability to provide the policy basis for mitigation actions that should be promulgated by participating jurisdictions; and
- Providing Inter-Jurisdictional Coordination of Mitigation-Related Programming
Project Timeline: August 2019-August 2022
Background and Purpose
Permit Sonoma's Comprehensive Planning Section and Fire Prevention Division worked together to prepare mandatory 5-year updates of the Hazard Mitigation Plan. The 2016 Sonoma County Hazard Mitigation Plan Update was approved on April 25, 2017.
Examples of hazards:
- Climate change
- Coastal erosion
- Landslide hazards
- Sea level rise
- Wildland fires
- Winter storms
- Other secondary effects
The Hazard Mitigation Plan assesses hazard vulnerabilities and identifies mitigation actions the County will pursue in order to reduce the level of injury, property damage, and community disruption that might otherwise result from such events. In addition, adoption of the Plan helps the County remain eligible for various types of pre and post disaster community assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the State government.
Published on June 30, 2021
President Joe Biden announced today that the County of Sonoma will receive a $37 million grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency designed to help local, state and tribal agencies in California receive reimbursement for certain costs related to wildfire risk reduction. Biden made the announcement Wednesday at a White House briefing of governors from Western states.