The City of Clearlake is kicking off efforts to develop a Local Hazard Mitigation Plan (LHMP) for the City.  The purpose of the LHMP process is to help reduce the impacts of natural hazards to the citizens, property, and critical infrastructure in the City. The Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 (DMA 2000) requires that local governments have a FEMA-approved Hazard Mitigation Plan in place in order to be eligible for certain pre- and post-disaster mitigation funding utilized to protect communities from future disaster related losses.  

FEMA defines Hazard Mitigation as any action taken to reduce or eliminate the long-term risk to human life and property from hazards. Hazard mitigation planning is a process for state and local governments to identify community-level policies and actions to mitigate and thus reduce the impacts of natural hazards.

In accordance with the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000, the City of Clearlake is developing a Local Hazard Mitigation Plan (LHMP).  The purpose of the LHMP development process is to help reduce the impacts of natural hazards to the citizens, property, and critical infrastructure in the City.  Wildfire, drought, flood, and severe weather hazards are just a few of the hazards of concern to the Clearlake community.  While natural hazards such as these cannot be prevented, an LHMP forms the foundation for a community's long-term strategy to reduce disaster losses by breaking the repeated cycle of disaster damage and reconstruction. Communities with a DMA-compliant, FEMA- approved LHMP are eligible for FEMA pre- and post-disaster grant funding and are better positioned to respond and recover when disasters occur.

Opportunities for Input

Members of the community have a very important role in this process. A draft of the 2019 LHMP will be available on this website in the spring of 2019 for review and comment by the public and all interested stakeholders. 

Planning team and public meetings will also be held as part of the plan development process.  In addition to plan participation by the City of Clearlake and stakeholders from other local, state and federal agencies, the public is encouraged to attend and participate in our upcoming public meetings.  

Upcoming Meetings

A final public meeting to review and provide comments on the Public Review draft LHMP is scheduled as follows:

May 29, 2019 - 6:00 – 7:30 pm

Clearlake City Council Chambers

14050 Olympic Drive

Clearlake, CA 95422

We encourage attendance and input from the general public at our upcoming meeting.

Comments on the Public Review Draft

There are several options for providing comments on the LHMP Public Review Draft:

• Email comments to Jeanine.foster@fostermorrison.com or abrown@clearlake.ca.us

According to City Manager Alan Flora, “Emergency preparedness is a priority of the Council and

City staff, working in partnership with the Lake County Fire Protection District. We invite you to

join us in forming a plan to lessen the impacts of a disaster in our community.”

The process began in October 2018 with an initial public meeting and the establishment of a planning committee comprised of City departments and other key stakeholders. The plan is scheduled to be finalized and submitted to Cal OES and FEMA in June 2019.