2022 Local Hazard Mitigation Plan UPDATE

Public Comment Period for the Local Hazard Mitigation Plan (LHMP) is open until 12/30/22

The City of Temecula is pleased to announce the opportunity for public comment on the Local Hazard Mitigation Plan (LHMP) Update .The public comment period is open from December 1, 2022 to December 30, 2022. 

Please email all comments to our Emergency Manager, Mikel Alford at EOC@TemeculaCA.gov with the subject heading "LHMP Public Comment" by the deadline. Comments received after the deadline will not be accepted. 

The draft LHMP can be found HERE

The Local Hazard Mitigation Plan (LHMP)

The City of Temecula and the Office of Emergency Management are preparing an update to the Local Hazard Mitigation Plan (LHMP). The newly updated City of Temecula LHMP will identify the hazards facing the city, summarize the many assets of the city at risk to those threats and hazards, and vulnerabilities within the community, and ways that we can reduce the impacts of those threats and hazards to those assets through long-term, hazard mitigation projects. 

This plan will help create 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.

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. 

How Can I get Involved? 

You can get involved in preparing our LHMP in different ways. 

  • The City will share information about our LHMP and obtain community feedback at our published community meetings. 
  • Take our ONLINE SURVEY(ends 30 Nov 22), which asks for information about past experiences with natural hazards and how our LHMP can be the most useful. Take our survey NOW, and encourage your friends, family, and neighbors to do the same. 
    • Your responses will ensure that you and the rest of our community can get the help that is needed during unforeseen events. 
  • The City will be releasing the draft of the completed plan for public review on December 1st. Please review and provide comments on this document either at in-person meetings or in writing. 
  • Reach out to our LHMP Project Lead, the City of Temecula Emergency Manager at EOC@TemeculaCA.gov for more ways to be involved. 

Documentation 

Current Plan: 2017 Local Hazard Mitigation Plan

Updated Plan for 2023-2027: 2022 Local Hazard Mitigation Plan UPDATE Draft Version 2


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.

Project Timeline

Project Milestones
Anticipated Timeline
Mitigation Planning Kick-Off Meeting 15 June 2022
Data Collection, Risk Assessment, Capabilities Inventory and Review July to September 2022
Jurisdictional Hazard Identification July 2022 
Identify Goals, Objectives and ActionsAugust 2022 
Operational Area LHMP Committee Meeting #25 October 2022 
LHMP Workshop #110 August 2022
LHMP Workshop #214 October 2022 
Data Compilation: Prioritize Mitigation Measures & Development of Strategies. Review Old StrategiesSeptember to October 2022 
Pop Up Booth - National Preparedness Month10 September 2022
Operational Area LHMP Committee Meeting #3
5 October 2022
Finalize Narratives November 2022
Draft / Review Current Plan for Public Comment & FeedbackNovember 2022
Solicit Public Comment1 - 30 December 2022
Operational Area LHMP Committee Meeting #4
4 January 2023
Submission of LHMP to Riverside County Emergency Management Department (EMD)1 February 2023
Multi-Jurisdictional Local Hazard Mitigation Plan Submitted to CalOES & FEMA for 45 day Review1 March 2023
Submit Final Draft for Public Comment1 May 2023
Submit Final LHMP to City Council for Adoption1 June 2023

LHMP Planning Team

 Mikel Alford, Emergency Manager (Chair)

Betsy Lowrey

Assistant to the City Manager 

Lanny Krage

Records Manager 

Mikel Alford

Emergency Manager

Courtney Fletcher

Management Assistant 

Tina Rivera

Purchasing Administrator

Oscar Lopez

Network Administrator

Aaron Matthews 

GIS Specialist 

Jeff Lawrence 

Community Services Manager

Wendy Miller 

Management Analyst

Matt Peters

Principal Planner 

Deputy J. Kenitzer 

Deputy – City Hall 

Brian Clements

Building Official

Brandon Rabidou

Principal Management Analyst

Ron Moreno

Principal Civil Engineer

Stuart Kuhn

Associate Civil Engineer

Christine Damko

Economic Development Manager

Gerald Winkle

Disaster Program Manager 

Ken Rieger

Local Volunteer

Chief John Crater

Division Chief

Capt. Matthew Hayes

Paramedic / Admin Capt.

Jose Ortega

Emergency Services Coordinator

Mike Lassig

PIO

Rachel Hollinger

Disaster Preparedness Coordinator

Vanessa Barrera

Emergency Management Analyst

Ralph Mesa

Emergency Services Coordinator

Brooke Nunn

President / CEO

Robert Meilish

Protective Security Advisor

Darlene Wetton

CEO

Ben Cossette

Environment of Care / EM

Jason Vickery

Director of Safety and Security 

Alex Tardy

Senior Meteorologist 

Camille Collins

Emergency Services Coordinator

Michelle Kelly

EM Program Supervisor 

Scott Wilson

President 

Adam Eventov

Public Affairs Manager 

Jeremy Goldman 

 SCE 

Tom Marcoux 

 Rancho Water 

Nicole Pina

Director

Amanda Molina

 Abbot Vascular 

Jeff Kurtz

General Manager 

Edward Chacon

Emergency Manager 

Andrea Mares

D3email@rivco.org

Carolina Rojas

PIO

Tammy Marine

Executive Director