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Local Hazard Mitigation Plan
On November 21, 2016, Foster City adopted the Foster City Local Hazard Mitigation Plan/Safety Element. This document includes information about hazards facing the Foster City community, such as:
  • earthquakes
  • floodssteps[1]
  • severe winter storms

The plan also identifies ways to reduce the damage from these risks. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) requires local governments to update their Local Hazard Mitigation Plan every 5 years.

DID YOU KNOW? Every $1 spent on mitigation saved an average of $4*.

*SOURCE: GAO cost-benefit analysis of a sample of hazard mitigation grants awarded by FEMA

What is Hazard Mitigation?

Hazard mitigation is any sustained action taken to reduce or eliminate the long-term risk to human life and property from hazards.

A hazard mitigation plan:

  • identifies the hazards a community faces,
  • assesses the vulnerability to the hazards, and
  • identifies specific actions that can be taken to reduce the risk from the hazards.

The Local Hazard Mitigation Plan (LHMP)/Safety Element supports Foster City's emphasis on hazard mitigation prior to disasters such as earthquakes, storms and fires, including maintenance of infrastructure, requirements for new construction beyond the uniform codes and education of residents and community groups.

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