Local Hazard Mitigation Plan


 

 Welcome to the City of Victorville's Local Hazard Mitigation Plan webpage!

This webpage serves as the information source and document repository for the City of Victorville's Local Hazard Mitigation Plan (LHMP).  Victorville's LHMP must be updated every five years to ensure the plan remains current with natural hazard events and maintains eligibility for State and Federal Hazard Mitigation Grant funding.  This webpage will remain active to document past, current, and future mitigation planning efforts for the public and Victorville's officials alike.

The City of Victorville's Local Hazard Mitigation Project Team is seeking the public's help and input during the LHMP update process.  If you have disaster related stories and/or photographs that you would like to share, or you have comments or other information pertaining to natural hazard mitigation and the planning process, please send them to:

dwellborn@victorvilleca.gov

Please take our survey to let us know what is important to you.  Please click the link below to take our short survey.

Victorville LHMP Survey

Listed below are some links about hazards and LHMP's

United States Geological Survey - Earthquake Hazards

FEMA Flood Mapping Products - FEMA's Website Regarding Flooding

California Earthquake History

 

What is Hazard Mitigation?

The term Hazard Mitigation describes actions that communities can take to help reduce or eliminate long-term risks caused by natural disasters.  Natural hazards in Victorville can include flooding, wildfire, earthquake, drought, and climate change. During the planning process, prioritization is given to the hazards within Victorville that are most likely to occur.

Hazard mitigation planning and projects can create a safer Victorville by reducing the loss of life and property damage associated with future disasters.  Each dollar spent on mitigation can save Victorville an average of four dollars.

As we plan for new development and improvements to infrastructure, mitigation can, and should be, an important component of the planning effort.  The extra resiliency will help citizens bounce back from that worst-case flood, fire, or storm more quickly.

Mitigation activities can be developed before a disaster occurs.  However, after a disaster, hazard mitigation assessment and planning is an essential activity to prevent disaster amnesia.  Oftentimes after disasters, repairs and reconstruction are completed in such a way as to simply restore damaged property to pre-disaster conditions.  These efforts may "get things back to normal".  However, the replications of pre-disaster conditions may result in a repiticious cycle of damage and reconstruction.  Hazard mitigation planning in the City of Victorville can break this repetitive cycle by creating less vulnerable conditions through post-disaster repairs and "disaster-smart" reconstruction.

Hazard Mitigation Breaks the Cycle

With inflation and the cost of materials on the rise, constant reconstruction can become a continued strain on an already stressed City budget.  Hazard mitigation planning and related grant funding break the cycle of damage and reconstruction by taking a long-term view of better community and land-use planning, of which citizen input and action is central and necessary.

What are the Benefits?

- Reduces the loss of life, property, essential services, critical facilities, and economic hardship.

- Reduces short-term and long-term recovery and reconstruction costs.

- Reduces financial, physical, and psychological impacts to community members.

- Increases cooperation and communication within the community through the planning process.

- Increases potential for state and federal funding for pre-disaster and recovery projects within the City.

What Types of Mitigation Techniques Can be Utilized?

Hazard mitigation actions are commonly broken into six different categories:

- Prevention - Keep the hazard from getting worse.

- Property Protection - Modify existing development subject to hazard risk.

- Public Education & Awareness - Inform people about potential hazards and mitigation actions.

- Natural Resource Protection - Identify the benefits of the indigenous and natural functions of the area to take advantage of the protection it provides, reduce the effects of hazards, and improve the quality of the environment.

- Emergency Services - Actions taken to ensure continuity of emergency services.

- Structural Projects - Manmade structures or improvements to control hazards.

Common Mitigation Actions Developed by Communities Include the Following:

- Retrofitting of structures and design of new construction, such as elevating or flood-proofing a home or building.

- Enforcement of building codes, floodplain management codes and environmental regulations.

- Public safety measures such as continual maintenance of roadways, culverts and drainage ditches.

- Acquisition and relocation of structures, such as purchasing buildings located in the floodplain.

- Acquisition of hazard prone lands in their undeveloped state to ensure they remain so.

- Protecting critical facilities and infrastructure from future hazard events.

- Mitigation, disaster recovery and Continuity of Operations (COOP) planning

- Development and Distribution of outreach materials related to hazard mitigation.

 - Deployment of warning systems.

About the Project

What is the Purpose?

The purpose of the current 2017 planning process is to update Victorville's existing Local Hazard Mitigation Plan (LHMP) last updated in 2011.  The LHMP will be updated by using the most current information and data, conducting a thorough vulnerability analysis, and revising community priorities and subsequent mitigation actions.

Objectives:

- Provide the public opportunities throughout the plan development and drafting process to provide input, taking special care to make the plan and outcome relevant to the impacted community.

- Update the risk assessment using the most recent disaster data and information.

- Update hazard mitigation goals, objectives, and actions as they relate to reducing the loss of life and property from natural and man-made hazards.

- Obtain state and federal approval of the updated plan.

What is a Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan?

The plan is an official statement of the City's hazards, vulnerability analysis, and mitigation strategy; the result of a multi-agency and citizen planning process.  As a living document, it guides implementation activities to achieve the greatest reduction of vulnerability, which results in saved lives, reduced injuries, reduced property damages, and protection for the environment.

Why Have a Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan?

To ensure public consensus through a planning process on mitigation actions that best suits the community.  It allows the community to focus efforts and limited resources on the most effective mitigation projects.  The City must have a State and federally approved plan to apply for and receive mitigation grants.  These grants can augment local mitigation activities already underway.  They can also be utilized for future projects.  Ultimately, these actions reduce vulnerability and the community is able potentially avert damages associated with disasters and/or to recover more quickly from disasters.

When Can I Get Involved?

If you are interested in becoming involved in our stakeholders community planning, please email us here:

dwellborn@victorvilleca.gov

You may bookmark this page for updates on the mitigation process.

Upcoming Events:

There is more to come from the LHMP planners.  Please stay tuned!

Event: Community Stakeholders Meeting.

Location:  Victorville City Hall, Conference Room "D"

Address:  14343 Civic Drive, Victorville, Ca 92392

Date:  March XX, 2017

Time:  4;00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

 

Additional Resources:

2011 LHMP