The City of Los Angeles completed its current, comprehensive Local Hazard Mitigation Plan operating under the mission statement:
"To reduce risk and increase resilience, the mission of the City of Los Angeles Local Hazard Mitigation Plan is to establish and promote a comprehensive mitigation policy and program to protect City residents, their property, public facilities, infrastructure, and the environment from natural and man-made hazards."
The City's overall goal is to lessen its vulnerability to disasters and to demonstrate its commitment to reducing risks from natural and man-made hazards. The Plan now serves as a guide for decision makers as they commit City resources to minimize the effects of such hazards. It is intended to integrate with existing planning mechanisms such as building and zoning regulations, long-range planning mechanisms, and environmental planning. The planning process invin conducting a thorough hazard vulnerability analysis, creating community disaster mitigation priorities, and developing subsequent mitigation strategies and projects.
A Local Hazard Mitigation Plan that is approved by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) makes the City eligible to apply for grant funding to reduce the vulnerability to disasters within the community. Reducing vulnerability helps to break the cycle of disaster and ensures a sustainable future for future generations. The following grant funding sources are available through FEMA:
- Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP)
- Pre-disaster Mitigation Program (PDM)
- Flood Mitigation Assistance Program (FMA)