BUTTE COUNTY ANNOUNCES LOCAL HAZARD MITIGATION PLAN UPDATE
Butte County, CA: Butte County is partnering with the incorporated communities of Biggs, Chico, Gridley, Oroville and Paradise, along with the Butte County Office of Education and numerous special districts to update their 2019 Local Hazard Mitigation Plan (LHMP). Floods, drought, wildfires, and severe weather are just a few of the hazards of concern to Butte County. While natural hazards such as these cannot be prevented, a 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 to apply for both pre- and post-disaster mitigation grant funding.
The LHMP development process will include the formation of a Hazard Mitigation Planning Committee (HMPC) consisting of representatives of local jurisdictions as well as community stakeholders. The HMPC will meet regularly throughout the development process which will conclude with FEMA approval of the LHMP in fall of 2024. HMPC meetings are open to the public for those interested in taking a more active role in the development process; however, public meetings will also be held, in an effort to provide general updates on the development process and to receive public input.
“Local hazard mitigation planning is essential for getting ahead of the disaster curve,” said Katie Simmons, Deputy Administrative Officer overseeing Butte County Economic and Community Development and the LHMP update. “In Butte County, we are no stranger to the impacts of layered disasters in our communities. Partnering with jurisdictions, agencies, special districts, community groups and the public on this update is the best way to understand our vulnerabilities to all hazards, to develop plans and projects to help us mitigate to the best extent possible, and to be competitive for funding that can help us achieve greater resiliency.”
In September, the Butte County Board of Supervisors approved a contract with Foster Morrison Consulting to prepare the update. Jeanine Foster, lead consultant, says, “From the Oroville Dam’s spillway incident, to the Camp Fire, to the recent drought followed by atmospheric river rains, the County has seen its share of natural disasters and hazards. Butte County has continued to make hazard mitigation a priority, working toward being a more disaster resilient community.”
Additional information is available: https://www.buttecounty.net/2024-LHMP-Development