The city of Hollister is preparing a Local Hazard Mitigation Plan, or LHMP, which is an implementation project that is being folded into the General Plan Update effort. This plan will help create a safer community for residents, businesses, and visitors. The LHMP allows public safety officials and city staff, elected officials, and members of the public to understand the threats from natural and human-caused hazards in our community. The plan will also recommend specific actions to proactively decrease these threats before disasters occur. Major objectives and goals of the Draft LHMP will be incorporated into the General Plan Update.
The 2022 Draft San Benito County Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan is available for public review and comment. At this stage, the Plan has received a comprehensive update through a year-long interactive planning process. Collecting your feedback is a crucial step to ensure the final plan aligns with the values, interests, and priorities of your community. Share your comments through this feedback form which will be available until March 28, 2022. Before beginning the survey, please take a moment to download and review a copy of the 2022 Draft San Benito County Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan. After the comment period closes, the project team will finalize the document and submit it to the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
An LHMP will let Hollister better plan for future emergencies. Usually, after a disaster occurs, communities take steps to recover from the emergency and rebuild. An LHMP is a way for the City to better prepare in advance of these disasters, so when they do occur, less damage occurs, and recovery is easier. Our community can use LHMP strategies to reduce instances of property damage, injury, and loss of life from disasters. Besides protecting public health and safety, this approach can save money. Studies estimate that every dollar spent on mitigation saves an average of four dollars on response and recovery costs. An LHMP can also help strengthen the mission of public safety officers, such as police and fire department staff, providing them with clear roles and responsibilities to build a safer community.
Besides helping to protect Hollister, our LHMP will make the City eligible for grants from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) that can be used to further improve safety and preparedness in the community. Having an adopted LHMP can also make Hollister eligible to receive more financial assistance from the State when disasters do occur.
The City of Hollister LHMP will include four main sections:
The City plans to include the following natural hazards in our LHMP:
Our LHMP will also look at how climate change may affect these hazards and may include other hazards that pose a threat to our community.
The City has assembled a Hazard Mitigation Planning Committee (HMPC), which includes representatives from City Departments and is supported by key stakeholders, and technical consultants. Together, these participants form the project team responsible for guiding the overall development of our LHMP.
The project team released the Draft LHMP on February 28, 2022. After members of the public provide comments and feedback, the City will revise the plan and send it to the California Office of Emergency Services and FEMA for review and approval. Once approved by these agencies, the Hollister City Council will adopt the final LHMP. We hope to have the plan ready for adoption in Spring 2022, but it may be later, depending on how long state and federal review takes.
You can get involved in preparing our LHMP in different ways.