In early 2021, the City of Oakland will update its 2016-2021 Local Hazard Mitigation Plan (LHMP). The process will involve detailing the natural hazards faced by Oakland and identifying the risk reduction strategies that can help lessen the impact of future disasters. The LHMP helps guide the City and its partners to implement these strategies throughout Oakland, and is a requirement to maintain Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) funding eligibility.
The goal of the LHMP is to address multiple hazards faced by the city of Oakland, and develop specific action items to reduce risks. Cities must update their LHMPs every five years, at minimum. Oakland’s most recent LHMP was adopted in 2016 and expires this year. Once approved, the 2021 update will remain active until 2025.
“The frequency of disasters that impact our community is increasing so it is critical that the City and community take action to mitigate the impact of those disasters,” said Jessica Feil, Emergency Services Manager for the Oakland Fire Department. “The mitigation plan is a living document driven by community input. The act of planning is as critical as the plan because it encourages communities to consider mitigation in day-to-day decision making and helps focus land use planning towards a sustainable future.”
Please visit the LHMP website for additional information, including a link to the Resident Survey: https://www.oaklandca.gov/topics/2021-local-hazard-mitigation-plan
For additional information about this project and the public outreach and planning process, please send an email to: OaklandLHMP@room.veoci.com