Public Forum No. 2 to Present and Solicit Input on the Draft Local Hazard Mitigation Plan

The South Orange County Community College District (SOCCCD or District) will be conducting a public meeting to present and solicit input on the draft Local Hazard Mitigation Plan (LHMP) for the District. The purpose of LHMPs is to identify actions/projects that will help reduce and/or eliminate the loss of life and property from the impact of hazards in the community.

Contents of the LHMP include: documentation of the planning process used to create the LHMP; documentation of current District mitigation capabilities; identification of community hazards and their impacts on the District; and, the identification of potential projects and/or actions the District can undertake to mitigate the impacts.

While LHMPs are not required, SOCCCD must have an approved LHMP to received federal Hazard Mitigation Assistance grants from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Local governments are responsible to prepare, maintain, update, and adopt the LHMP, the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) reviews the LHMP, and FEMA approves the LHMP. LHMPs must also be maintained and updated every five (5) years to be in compliance.

During this meeting, the public will be invited to provide comments on key information in the draft LHMP (i.e., community hazards, potential mitigation projects and/or actions). SOCCCD representatives and a consultant team will be on hand to answer any questions. All comments received from the public will be considered for inclusion into the draft LHMP. After the public comment period, the draft LHMP will be forwarded to Cal OES for review and FEMA for approval. The District will adopt the LHMP after FEMA’s approval.

The public meeting will be held on December 7, 2021, at 4pm via Zoom. The meeting will be announced on the homepage of the SOCCCD and Colleges websites. After the public meeting, a recording of the presentation and the draft LHMP will be available here: