1 Resolution Adopting Merced County Multi-Jurisdictional Local Hazard Mitigation Plan.

Meeting Date August 18, 2015

Agenda Item #1

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STAFF REPORT

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

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RECOMMENDATION:

Staff recommends that the City Council adopt, by resolution, the Merced County Multi-Jurisdictional Local Hazard Mitigation Plan.

BACKGROUND:

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.

DISCUSSION:

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

FISCAL IMPACT:

There is no fiscal impact to the City.

ATTACHMENTS:

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

WHEREAS, the County of Merced has historically experienced severe damage from natural and human-caused hazards such as flooding, wildfire, drought, thunderstorms/high winds and hazardous materials incidents on many occasions in the past century, resulting in loss of life and property, economic hardship, and threats to public health and safety; and

WHEREAS, the County of Merced’s Multi-Jurisdictional Local Hazard Mitigation Plan (the Plan) has been developed after more than three years of research and work by the planning team in association and cooperation with Howell Consulting for the reduction of hazard risk to the community; and

WHEREAS, the Plan specifically addresses hazard mitigation strategies and plan maintenance procedures for the County of Merced; and

WHEREAS, the Plan recommends several hazard mitigation actions/projects that will provide mitigation for specific natural and human caused hazards that impact the County of Merced, with the effect of protecting people and property from loss associated with those hazards.

NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the City Council of the City of Livingston by the adoption of this resolution:

1. Hereby adopts this Plan as the official Multi-Jurisdictional Local Hazard Mitigation Plan for the County of Merced.

2. The respective officials identified in the mitigation strategy of the Plan are hereby directed to pursue implementation of the recommended actions assigned to them.

3. Future revisions and plan maintenance required by the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 and FEMA, are hereby adopted as a part of this resolution for a period of five (5) years from the date of this resolution.

4. An annual report on the progress of the implementation elements of the Plan shall be presented to the Board of Supervisors of the County of Merced by October 31st of each calendar year.

5. The County of Merced will comply with all applicable Federal Statutes and Regulations in effect with respect to the periods for which it receives grant funding, in compliance with 44 CFR 13.11 (c); and will amend the Plan whenever necessary to reflect applicable changes in Tribe, State or federal Laws and Statues as required in 44 CFR 13.11 (d).

Passed and adopted this 18th day of August, 2015, by the following vote:

AYES:

NOES:

ABSTAIN:

ABSENT:

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Rodrigo Espinoza, Mayor of the City of Livingston

ATTEST:

I, hereby certify that the foregoing resolution was regularly introduced, passed and adopted at a regular meeting of the City Council of the City of Livingston this 181 day of August, 2015.

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Betty Cota, Deputy City Clerk of the City of Livingston

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