What actions would you like to see the City take in the next five years to reduce the risk associated with a disaster -- natural or human-induced -- and how can the City help community members prepare for and mitigate risk associated with a disaster?
Every five years, the City of Fremont updates its Local Hazard Mitigation Plan, which is required by the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000. A Local Hazard Mitigation Plan focuses on hazard mitigation measures the City can take before a natural or human-induced disaster occurs such as an earthquake, flood, wildfire, etc., rather than after the fact. The purpose of a local plan is to identify hazards that impact the City, identify strategies and activities to reduce any losses from those hazards, and establish a coordinated approach to implementing the plan.
In 2011, the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) prepared the 2011 ABAG Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan for the San Francisco Bay Area. Fremont prepared the Fremont Annex to the ABAG Local Hazard Mitigation Plan, which identified city-specific hazards and mitigation strategies. Since this plan was completed five years ago, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) requires the City to complete a new Plan in order to be eligible for certain grants and funding related to disaster management.
This year, the City is preparing a Local Hazard Mitigation Plan that will be an independent report based on Fremont’s specific hazards and mitigation strategies. Multiple City departments are currently addressing known issues; however, public input is requested to address community concerns in preparing for and mitigating the impact of a disaster.