Meeting Date August 18, 2015
Agenda Item #1
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AGENDA ITEM: Resolution Adopting Merced County Multi-Jurisdictional Local Hazard Mitigation Plan.
MEETING DATE: August 18, 2015
PREPARED BY: Ruben Chavez, Chief of Police
REVIEWED BY: Odi Ortiz, Interim City Manager
Staff recommends that the City Council adopt, by resolution, the Merced County Multi-Jurisdictional Local Hazard Mitigation Plan.
Each year, natural disasters in the United States take the lives of hundreds of people and injure thousands more. Nationwide, taxpayers pay billions of dollars each year to help communities, organizations, businesses, and individuals recover from disasters. These losses only partially reflect the true cost of disasters, because additional expenses to insurance companies and nongovernmental organizations are not reimbursed by tax dollars. Additionally, many natural disasters are predictable. Many more are repetitive, often with the same results. Many of the damages caused by these events can be alleviated or even eliminated.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has made reducing losses from natural disasters one of its primary goals. Hazard mitigation planning and subsequent implementation of projects, measures, and policies developed through those plans, is the primary mechanism in achieving these goals. Mitigation planning has resulted in the implementation of projects that have successfully reduced disaster damages.
Merced County’s number one priority is protecting the people of Merced County; including the cities of Atwater, Dos Palos, Gustine, Livingston, Los Banos and Merced from the potential impacts of earthquakes, flooding, wildfires and other disasters. This plan was developed in accordance with the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) and pursuant to the regulations of the Disaster Mitigation Act (DMA) of 2000. The DMA revises the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act by adding Section 322, which provides new and revitalized emphasis on hazard mitigation, including a new requirement for local mitigation plans. These new local mitigation planning regulations are implemented through 44 CFR Part 201.6.
The DMA requires state and local governments to develop multi-hazard mitigation plans to maintain their eligibility for certain federal disaster assistance and hazard mitigation funding programs. Communities at risk from natural disasters cannot afford to jeopardize this funding.
More importantly, proactive mitigation planning at the local level can help reduce the cost of disaster response and recovery to property owners and government by protecting critical community facilities, reducing liability exposure, and minimizing overall community impacts and disruption. Merced County and its participating jurisdictions have been affected by disasters in the past and are committed to reducing disaster impacts and maintaining eligibility for federal mitigation grant funding. The Police Department has actively participated in the County’s efforts to prepare for a disaster in the area.
This plan conforms and meets all federal, state, and local requirements to assist local jurisdictions during disasters.
On June 26, 2012, the Merced County Board of Supervisors accepted the Federal Emergency Management (FEMA) Pre-Disaster Hazard Mitigation Plan (PDM) grant award. As a result of the Request for Proposals, on May 21, 2013, Howell Consulting was awarded the contract to prepare the Pre Disaster Hazard Mitigation Plan for the County of Merced and the Cities of Atwater, Dos Palos, Gustine, Livingston, Los Banos and Merced. The completed plan was submitted to FEMA in August of 2014 for review and tentative approval.
Tentative approval of the plan was given by FEMA on May 14, 2015, pending formal adoption of the plan by all of the participating jurisdictions
There is no fiscal impact to the City.
1. Resolution No. 2015-
2. Merced County Multi-Jurisdictional Local Hazard Mitigation Plan (Not included due to length of document. Copy of plan may be reviewed at the Police Department upon request.)
RESOLUTION NO. 2015-
A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF LIVINGSTON ADOPTING THE MERCED COUNTY MUTI-JURISDICTIONAL LOCAL HAZARD MITIGATION PLAN