Local Hazard Mitigation Plan


Disasters can cause loss of life; damage buildings and infrastructure; and have devastating consequences for a community’s economic, social, and environmental well-being. Hazard mitigation planning reduces disaster damages and is defined as sustained action taken to reduce or eliminate the long-term risk to human life and property from natural hazards.

The Stanislaus County Office of Emergency Services in collaboration with the cities of Ceres, Hughson, Modesto, Newman, Oakdale, Patterson, Riverbank, Turlock, Waterford, and the County Office of Education is updating their 2017 Local Hazard Mitigation Plan (LHMP). The LHPM 2017 recognized earthquakes, floods, dam inundation, landslides and wildfire as the local natural hazards. The LHMP also states mitigation strategies and actions that serve as the long-term blueprint for reducing potential losses. Activities such as issuing building permits, repairing roads and training first responders are examples of specific actions which can be taken to prevent or minimize damage. Such activities have been identified for each hazard in the LHMP.

The LHMP must be updated every five years. It may be used as a base plan by cities and special districts within Stanislaus County for the development of their own specific plan. Federal emergency management agencies will only provide disaster relief funds to local government that have shown positive steps to prevent loss and damages from disasters by adopting a Hazard Mitigation Plan.

During the update of the LHMP, we are requesting public input on the hazards in our community. To participate and assist us in updating the plan, please click the Survey link below and fill out the survey prior to Oct 1, 2021.

Take the Public Survey! The survey will be open until October 1, 2021
Public Input Survey

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Stanislaus County Office of Emergency Services
3705 Oakdale Rd
Modesto CA 95357

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