The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Services (Ventura OES), in cooperation with the Ventura County Watershed Protection District, and various cities and special districts within Ventura County, is launching a countywide effort to re-assess risks posed by natural and human-caused disasters and identify ways to reduce those risks.
The planning process will result in the preparation of an updated Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan (MHMP). The County developed its first MHMP in 2005, updated the plan in 2010, and is kicking-off the 2015 plan update process. An updated version of the plan is required under the Federal Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 in order to be eligible to continue to receive certain forms of Federal disaster assistance. Ventura OES has received a grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency for preparation of the updated plan.
Ventura County is vulnerable to a wide range of disasters. In the past five years, the County has received multiple Presidential disaster declarations and State Emergency Proclamations due to various natural disasters, including winter storms, droughts and wildfires. The risks posed by these hazards and others increases as the County’s population continues to grow. The 2015 MHMP will provide the County, participating cities, and special districts with the necessary tools to identify these risks and prioritize future actions for reducing them. Additionally, the plan will provide a framework for future requests for Federal assistance to institute risk-reducing actions.
The updated 2015 MHMP will support the County’s participation in the National Flood Insurance Program’s Community Rating System (CRS) Program by addressing Floodplain Management Planning activities. To earn CRS credits and participate in the Program, communities must demonstrate that they have gone beyond the minimum floodplain protection requirements and have developed extra measures to provide protection to their community from flooding. In 2011, Ventura County entered the CRS Program at Class 6 participation – gaining County residents a reduction of up to 20% off of their flood insurance premium. Ventura County is the first county in California to enter the Program at that level.
The County’s current MHMP, as well as information about the CRS Program, is located on the Ventura County’s flood information webpage:http://www.vcfloodinfo.com.
2015 Ventura County MHMP Update is underway!