The federal government requires states and local governments to have hazard mitigation plans approved by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) that are consistent with the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 for a jurisdiction to qualify for Federal Hazard Mitigation Grant funds.  Mitigation planning is the process of identifying hazards to which jurisdictions are at risk as well as the development of actions that will reduce or prevent damages from those hazards.

A planning committee comprised of representatives from the City of Petaluma and other stakeholders including Sonoma County, Sonoma Water, City of Sebastopol, private non-profits, and others is currently is developing a Local Hazard Mitigation Plan (LHMP) for the City to build community resilience and comply with the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000. The focus of the planning committee is to reduce the vulnerability of people and property in the City to the impacts of hazards and to remain eligible for mitigation funding programs from FEMA.

One of the key components of a hazard mitigation plan is public input during the planning process.  The purpose of this survey is to collect information from the public to better understand the vulnerabilities within the City, as well as solicit input on needs to best mitigate, or reduce the impacts of hazards before they occur. Your comments will be considered by the City’s planning committee as the LHMP is developed. It should not take more than 5-10 minutes to complete this survey. Please complete by November 21st, 2019. Thank you for your participation.