In preparation for the Local Hazard Mitigation Plan (LHMP), the City used workshops and an online survey to learn about the public's priorities for how to reduce the effects of those natural hazards ("mitigations"). Public hearings were held in May of 2016, with a final City Council adoption hearing on June 7, 2016. The City received a letter from FEMA, approving the Plan, pending adoption by the Council, on June 29, 2016.
A hazard mitigation plan identifies the hazards a community or region faces, assesses their vulnerability to the hazards and identifies specific actions that can be taken to reduce the risk from the hazards. The Federal Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 outlines a process which cities, counties, and special districts can follow to develop a Local Hazard Mitigation Plan. Development of this plan is a requirement for certain pre-and post-disaster funding from CalOES and FEMA.
The City has a parallel, but separate initiative, called "Resilient Oakland."
The City will annually report to the City Council on progress towards its hazard mitigation goals. Staff is available to attend your community meeting to discuss the City's emergency planning, hazards mitigation and resiliency efforts.