Mitigation is a process by which hazards are identified, vulnerabilities to these hazards assessed, and actions taken to lessen the impact of the hazard on human life, property, and the community at large.  Once mitigation strategies are identified, mitigation projects can be submitted to FEMA for possible grant funding.

Benefit of Building Elevation in Flood-Prone AreasTulare County OES encourages the public to be aware of the hazards that may impact you.  The California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) maintains the MyHazards website, which allows you to view Earthquake, Flood, and Fire hazard information, along with preparedness measures, for any address in the state.  Click on the link above, or navigate to to use the MyHazards website.

Local Hazard Mitigation Plan (2008-2012)

Tulare County has received a federal Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) grant to develop a Multi-Jurisdictional Local Hazard Mitigation Plan (LHMP) for the Tulare Operational Area (County and all cities and special districts).

As of August, 2011, the LHMP is in final draft form, and has been submitted to Cal OES for preliminary review. This plan was approved and adopted by Tulare County in January, 2012. The public may view the plan here (PDF, 31MB).

Hazard Mitigation Plan Update (2016-2017)

Tulare County was awarded additional HMGP funds to develop an update to the Local Hazard Mitigation Plan. This update - built upon the foundations laid by the 2012 LHMP - will provide an enhanced Multi-Jurisdictional Local Hazard Mitigation Plan (MJLHMP), and will incorporate additional elements as required by California Government Code §65302 (d)(4) for climate adaptation and drought. The draft plan is available to review in the following formats:

Planning team members may use our Timesheet to calculate eligible expenses for grant matching purposes.