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​Funding Available for LHMPs

Cal OES has open funding opportunities to assist in the development of your plans. Interested agencies are invited to submit a Notice of Interest (NOI) for eligible Hazard Mitigation projects and planning activities. The deadline to submit an NOI is March 15, 2019. For more information on this and other Hazard Mitigation Assistance, please visit the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program page.

Director's Letter to Local Officials regarding funding opportunities 

Local Mitigation Planning

Because of the history of disasters throughout California, encouraging communities to adopt Local Hazard Mitigation Plans (LHMPs) is a priority. The Federal Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 (DMA 2000) requires that states review LHMPs as part of their state hazard mitigation planning process. The intent is three‐fold:

  1. To gather hazard, vulnerability, and mitigation information from the local level for use in state‐level planning

  2. To ensure that state and local hazard mitigation planning is coordinated to the greatest extent practical

  3. To ensure that local jurisdictions are made aware of the hazards and vulnerabilities within their jurisdiction and to develop strategies to reduce those vulnerabilities

This process ensures that mitigation actions are based on sound planning processes that account for the risks and capabilities of California communities. Mitigation plans form the foundation for a community's long term strategy to reduce disaster losses and break the cycle of disaster damage, reconstruction, and repeated damage.

DMA 2000 provided an opportunity for states, tribes, and local governments to take a new and revitalized approach to mitigation planning. To implement the DMA 2000 planning requirements, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) published an Interim Final Rule in the Federal Register on February 26, 2002. This rule (44 CFR Part 201, Section 201.6) established the mitigation planning requirements for states, tribes, and local communities. For LHMPs, it essentially states that local jurisdictions must also demonstrate that proposed mitigation actions are based on a sound planning process that accounts for the inherent risk and capabilities of the individual communities.

2013 SHMP Section 2.5 - Page 33 

The LHMP Process

Cal OES hazard mitigation planning staff assists local governments in the development of LHMPs and provides technical assistance, training and outreach to local jurisdictions. Cal OES reviews all LHMPs in accordance with DMA 2000 regulations and coordinates with local jurisdictions to ensure compliance with FEMA’s Local Mitigation Plan Review Guide, dated October 2011. Once Cal OES planning staff find the LHMP to be “approvable,” the plan is forwarded to FEMA Region IX mitigation planning staff for final review and approval.

​Resources - Mitigation Planning Guidances

FEMA Hazard Mitigation Planning

Local mitigation plans look at natural hazards that may affect jurisdictions such as local governments and suggest mitigation actions to reduce losses from those hazards. Departments within local governments, including emergency managers, mitigation planners, community and economic development planners, floodplain managers, and other stakeholders, may find this most useful.

This website provides several resources to help update local mitigation plans and support ongoing implementation, such as:

Regulations and Guidance


Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act

Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Title 44

Hazard Mitigation Grant Program

Public Assistance Grant Program (PA)

Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC)

Pre-Disaster Mitigation Grant Program (PDM)

Fire Management Assistance Grant Program (FMAG)

Mitigation Planning Guidance and Policy

State Mitigation Plan Review Guide (2015)

Local Mitigation Plan Review Guide (2011)

Tribal Mitigation Plan Review Guide (2017)

Additional Mitigation Planning Policies

State Mitigation Plan Review Guide Policy (2015)

Policy for Use of Local Mitigation Planning Handbook (2013)

Restrictions on Grant Obligations to State, Tribal, and Local Governments without a FEMA-Approved Mitigation Plan (2013)

Developing a Hazard Mitigation Plan

State Government

State Mitigation Plan Review Guide

State Mitigation Plan Review Guide Fact Sheet (2016)

Mitigation Ideas: A Resource for Reducing Risk To Natural Hazards (2013)

IS-329 State Hazard Mitigation Planning (2019)

Tribal Governments

Tribal Mitigation Plan Review Guide (2017)

Tribal Mitigation Planning Handbook (2019) and Worksheets

The Tribal Mitigation Planning Fact Sheet (2016)

Local Government

Local Mitigation Plan Review Guide

Local Mitigation Planning Handbook

Considerations for Local Mitigation Planning Grant Subapplicants

Mitigation Planning Program Resource List

Local Mitigation Planning Factsheet (2016)

​Resources for Local Governments and Jurisdictions to Use in Developing or Updating a Local Hazard Mitigation Plan



FEMA Local Plan Review Tool with HHPD (Ver. 12.4.19)https://www.caloes.ca.gov/HazardMitigationSite/Documents/FEMA Local Plan Review Tool with HHPD (Ver. 12.4.19).docxFEMA Local Plan Review Tool with HHPD (Ver. 12.4.19)The Local Hazard Mitigation Plan Review Tool demonstrates how the Local Hazard Mitigation Plan meets the regulation in 44 CFR §201.6 and offers State and FEMA Mitigation Planners an opportunity to provide feedback to the community.LHMP1/13/2021 6:24:41 PM
Local Hazard Mitigation Plan Fundinghttps://www.caloes.ca.gov/HazardMitigationSite/Documents/Statewide LHMP Letter 2.27.19.pdfLocal Hazard Mitigation Plan FundingFebruary 27, 2019, Director's Letter to Local Agencies. NOI due March 15, 2019. LHMP3/1/2019 4:37:22 PM

California Flood After Fire Toolkit Now Available for Download

A Resource for Technical Specialists to Assess Flood and Debris Flow Risk after a Wildfire

The California Silver Jackets released the Flood After Fire: California Toolkit, which is a collaborative, living document that is comprised of a collection of tools, methods, and other resources to asses the risks associated with flooding and debris flow after a fire.

The toolkit is available for download at the following webpages:

The California Silver Jackets is a partnership program that brings together Federal, State, local, and tribal agencies to find collborative solutions to complex flood risk management issues. Visit the DWR webpage for additional information at https://water.ca.gov/Programs/Flood-Management/Community-Resources/Silver-Jackets.


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