The 2013 California State Enhanced Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan (SHMP) is a collaborative effort to identify, reduce, or eliminate the long-term risk to human life and property from natural or human-caused hazards. California faces daily risks from natural and man-made hazards that threaten life, property, and the environment. The 2013 SHMP is a proactive strategy for reducing disaster losses and building overall resilience. It protects California's economy and environment from preventable losses and helps bring funding to state and local hazard mitigation initiatives and projects. The plan assesses mitigation progress, creates benchmarks for future action, and provides a coordinating frame of reference for state-local mitigation actions. The multiple mitigation actions taken through regulations (new laws), information dissemination (digital mapping of hazard areas), structural actions, behavioral actions (the Great ShakeOut), and applied research (climate adaptation) combine to make California more resilient to impacts anticipated from natural and human-caused disasters.
The State of California Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan, represents the state’s primary hazard mitigation guidance document, and provides an updated and comprehensive description of California’s historical and current hazard analysis, mitigation strategies, goals and objectives. More importantly, the SHMP reflects the state’s commitment to reduce or eliminate potential risks and impacts of natural and human-caused disasters in keeping California’s families, homes and communities better prepared and more disaster resilient.
The State of California is required under the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000, to review and update its SHMP and resubmit for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) approval at least once every 5 years to ensure the continued eligibility for certain types of Stafford Act and National Flood Insurance Reform Act funding.
FEMA approval of the 2010 SHMP enabled California to receive approximately $135.2 million in Public Assistance grant funding and $33.8 million in Hazard Mitigation Grant Program funding between January 2010 and December 2012. Without a FEMA-approved SHMP, California would not have received these funds. Continued eligibility of California’s SHMP as an “enhanced plan” allows the state to receive increased funding of up to 20% of the Stafford Act authorization in mitigation grant funds following a federally declared disaster.
For information regarding the 2018 State of California Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan contact:
Megan WaltonHazard Mitigation Planning Division916-845-8766Megan.Walton@caloes.ca.gov