Local Hazard Mitigation Plan

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) defines Hazard Mitigation as, “any sustained action taken to reduce or eliminate long-term risk to life and property from natural hazards.”  Another way to understand hazard mitigation is as the prevention component of the emergency management process.

  • Preparedness activities are the emergency plans, training, drills, and exercises that individuals, communities, and first responders participate in on almost a daily basis.  These are things done to get ready for an emergency or disaster before it happens. 
  • Response is the short-term, emergency actions taken to address and reduce the immediate impacts of a hazard event or disaster. 
  • Recovery is the longer-term process of restoring the community back to normal or pre-disaster conditions. 
  • Mitigation, or prevention, activities are actions that will prevent or eliminate losses, even if an incident does occur. Mitigation can reduce or eliminate the need for an emergency response and greatly reduce the recovery period.

To address Hazard Mitigation in Butte County, Butte County is partnering with the five incorporated communities and many special districts to update their 2019 Local Hazard Mitigation Plan (LHMP). 

Flood, drought, wildfire, and severe weather are just a few of the natural hazards of concern to Butte County.  While natural hazards such as these cannot be prevented, an LHMP forms the foundation for a community's long-term strategy to reduce disaster losses by breaking the repeated cycle of disaster damage and reconstruction.   Communities with a FEMA- approved LHMP are eligible for FEMA pre- and post-disaster grant funding and are better positioned to respond and recover when disasters occur.  

The LHMP development process is as important as the plan itself.  It creates a framework for risk-based decision making to reduce damages to lives, property, and the economy from future disasters.

Plan Documents