FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 4, 2023
Office of Emergency Management Media Line (408) 808-7866 | [email protected]
Public Survey Now Open for the 2023 Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan Update
Community members are encouraged to participate in the public survey to share their experiences, knowledge, and concerns about local hazards
SANTA CLARA COUNTY, CALIF. – The County in collaboration with the cities, towns, and special districts are working together to update the Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan (MJHMP) which is now open for public participation. Community members are encouraged to participate in the public survey to share their experiences, knowledge, and concerns about local hazards by going to www.PrepareSCC.org/MJHMPSurvey. The survey is available in English, Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese and Tagalog. Information provided in the survey will inform strategies and actions to reduce future risk of death, injuries and property damage from hazards.
“The Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan is one of the largest collaborative efforts undertaken by the County of Santa Clara,” said Louay Toma, Interim Deputy Director of the Office of Emergency Management. “We continue working alongside our operational area partners including cities and towns, special districts, state and federal partners to update the plan. Mitigation planning is importation because emergencies and disasters will occur in our County. Mitigation planning allows us to reduce loss and damages in our county.”
Hazard mitigation plans address a range of natural hazards including flooding, wildfire, and severe weather. For the first three months of 2023, Santa Clara County experienced record and widespread snowfall, rainfall and power outages due to a series of atmospheric rivers.
“The Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan is being updated concurrently with the Safety Element in accordance with Assembly Bill No. 2140. This legislation allows California counties and cities to adopt their current, FEMA-approved local mitigation plans (LHMPs) into the Safety Element for their General Plans. This adoption makes the county or city eligible to be considered for part or all its local-share costs on eligible Public Assistance funding to be provided by the state through the California Disaster Assistance Act (CDAA). The Santa Clara County MJHMP is consequential for existing and future grant funding and projects within the Operational Area”, said Dana Reed, Director of the Office of Emergency Management.
To learn more about the Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan, disaster preparedness, and opportunities to get involved, go to www.PrepareSCC.org.
About the Office of Emergency Management
The Office of Emergency Management is responsible for supporting first responders including fire, law enforcement, and emergency medical services in emergencies and disasters. We are also responsible for facilitating the coordination of emergency resources and services from local and state partners. Our mission is to safeguard lives, property, and the environment through strategic coordination of cross‐functional operations in each phase of emergency management and improving the governmental, economic, and operational efficiency and resiliency of the County of Santa Clara and the entire Operational Area. To learn more about the Office of Emergency Management, please visit www.PrepareSCC.org.