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Hazard Mitigation Plan Update

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We want to know what Sonoma County residents know about hazards such as wildfires, floods, and earthquakes. Help us plan for the future: Take the short survey

Queremos saber lo que los residentes del Condado de Sonoma saben sobre peligros como incendios forestales, inundaciones, y terremotos. Para ayudarnos a planear para el futuro: Tome la encuesta corta

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
  • Earthquakes
  • Floods
  • Landslide hazards
  • Sea level rise
  • Tsunamis
  • 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.