In fall 2020, South Orange County Community College District (“District”) extended an invitation to the public via social media and the District's website announcing the development of its Local Hazard Mitigation Plan (LHMP). Local governmental agencies, such as the District, are responsible to prepare, maintain, update, and adopt an LHMP, upon review by the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) and approval from FEMA. Once adopted, LHMPs must be maintained and updated every five (5) years pursuant to FEMA’s compliance requirements.
An approved LHMP is required to receive federal Hazard Mitigation Assistance grants from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Contents of the LHMP include documentation of the planning process used to create/update the LHMP; documentation of current mitigation capabilities; identification of community hazards and their impacts on the District; and the identification of potential projects and/or actions to mitigate the impacts.
On November 19, 2020, the District held a public forum with the goals of educating the public and surrounding communities of the District’s efforts in creating the LHMP and to allow the public an opportunity to provide feedback on local concerns. The LHMP Task Force comprised of District and college representatives, the District’s consultant team, APetrow Consulting, and key personnel from the surrounding public agencies were present during this meeting. Also discussed was the purpose of LHMPs, which is to identify actions/projects that will help reduce or eliminate the loss of life and property from the impact of hazards in the community. The meeting recording is available online at http://www.socccd.edu/businessservices/bs_riskmgmt_localhazard.html. The District is in the process of incorporating appropriate feedback received at the public forum into its LHMP.
The District invites the public to provide comments via e-mail at email@example.com on the planning process, community hazards, and potential projects and/or actions. All comments received from the public will be documented and considered for inclusion into the District’s LHMP.
Any future public meeting dates and times will be announced via social media sites, as well as the District’s website at socccd.edu. Recordings of all LHMP public forum meetings will be available on the District’s Risk Management website.