NEWS RELEASENEWS RELEASE

Laura Farinella
Chief of Police
505 Forest Avenue
Laguna Beach, CA 92651


8/23/2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PRESS RELEASE 17-20
 
Subject :Local Hazard Mitigation Plan Community Workshops
Contact :Jordan Villwock, Emergency Operations Coordinator    949-497-0389
    jvillwock@lagunabeachcity.net

The City of Laguna Beach has begun preparation of a Local Hazard Mitigation Plan (LHMP), a five-year strategic plan to improve local resilience to hazard events. Development of the plan, the first such plan for Laguna Beach, is being funded through a grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The plan is being prepared by public safety officials and City staff, with support from members of the Laguna Beach Emergency & Disaster Preparedness Committee, other affected agencies, and technical consultants. It will also incorporate regular feedback from key Laguna Beach community members. The City plans to release a draft of the plan for public review in January of 2018, with final adoption planned for the summer of 2018, following approval from the California Office of Emergency Services and FEMA.

The Laguna Beach LHMP will summarize the natural and human-caused hazards that pose a threat to the community, including drought, flooding, earthquakes, and wildfires.

The City would like your input and encourage you to join us for the following workshops:

Meeting

Date

Time

Location

Community Kick-off Meeting

September 14, 2017

6:00 p.m.

Susi Q Center - 380 3rd St

Hazard Profiles Open House

October 18, 2017

6:00 p.m.

Susi Q Center - 380 3rd St

In addition to protecting Laguna Beach from current and future hazards, having an LHMP will allow Laguna Beach to be eligible for grants from FEMA for additional hazard mitigation efforts. It will also make Laguna Beach eligible to receive additional disaster relief funding from the State of California, per California Government Code Section 8685.9.

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