2022 - 2027 City of Temecula Local Hazard Mitigation Plan
The Local Hazard Mitigation Plan (LHMP)
The City of Temecula and the Office of Emergency Management have received final approval from FEMA on the Local Hazard Mitigation Plan (LHMP). The newly updated City of Temecula LHMP identifies the hazards facing the city, summarizes the many assets of the city at risk to those threats and hazards, and vulnerabilities within the community, as well as ways that we can reduce the impacts of those threats and hazards to those assets through long-term, hazard mitigation projects.
This plan will assist us in creating a safer community for residents, businesses and visitors. The LHMP allows public safety officials and city staff, elected officials, and members of the public to understand the threats from natural and human-caused hazards in our community.
This plan is updated every five years (reviewed annually) to ensure we have the most recent community information, hazard data, and new mitigation project ideas. The next regularly scheduled update to this plan will be in 2027.
Why Have an LHMP?
An LHMP will let Temecula better plan for future emergencies and disasters. Usually, after a disaster occurs, communities take step to recover from the emergency and rebuild. An LHMP is a way for the City to better prepare in advance of these disasters, so when they do occur, less damage occurs, and recovery is easier.
Besides protecting the public health and safety, this approach can save money. Studies estimate that every dollar spent on mitigation saves an average of four dollars on response and recovery costs. An LHMP can also help strengthen the mission of public safety officers, such as Sheriff and Fire Department staff, providing them with clear roles and responsibilities to build a safer community.
About Hazard Mitigation
Hazard Mitigation is defined as actions taken to reduce the long-term risk to life, property, and the environment caused by hazards and emergencies. The city identifies:
- Hazards as a source of harm or negative impact
- Risks as potential for loss or damages
- Vulnerabilities as how the hazard can impact the community for areas where hazards are common
After identifying the above, we will develop long-term strategies for reducing the risk to Temecula's community, property, and the environment from those disasters. Mitigation plans are key to breaking the cycle of disaster damage and costly reconstruction
Local governments, such as Temecula, must have a FEMA-approved hazard mitigation plan to be eligible for federal mitigation funds, and while this is important, the plan is also important for a variety of other reasons. The plan guides mitigation activities in a coordinated, efficient, and equitable manner across the whole community. The goal is to integrate mitigation into all public and private initiatives and emergency plans to reduce losses to the people, infrastructure, environment, and economy of our City.