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Hazard Mitigation

Sonoma County 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:

  • Santa Rosa
  • Cotati
  • Sonoma
  • Sebastopol
  • Windsor
  • Sonoma County Ag + Open Space District
  • Sonoma County Fire Districts
  • Gold Ridge and Sonoma Resource Conservation Districts

During this process, participants will be asked to contribute by sharing local knowledge of an area’s exposure to hazards based on your agency’s history in our community. Opportunities will be offered via a multimedia campaign that will include public meetings, web based information, questionnaires and updates on the plan’s progress via the news media.

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 meetings will open to the public. The virtual meetings will be posted on the Hazard Mitigation calendar page once they are finalized.

Individual questions or comments regarding this project and engagement process are encouraged and should be directed to Lisa Hulette, Permit Sonoma Grant Manager at Lisa.hulette@sonoma-county.org

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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.