Hazard Mitigation Plan

The Hazard Mitigation Plan (Mitigation Plan) was prepared in response to Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 (DMA 2000). DMA 2000 (also known as Public Law 106-390) requires state and local governments to prepare mitigation plans to document their mitigation planning process, and identify hazards, potential losses, mitigation needs, goals, and strategies. This type of planning supplements the City’s comprehensive land use planning and emergency management planning programs. This document is a federally mandated update to the City of Montebello 2004 Local Hazard Mitigation Plan and ensures continuing eligibility for Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) funding.

DMA 2000 was designed to establish a national program for pre-disaster mitigation, streamline disaster relief at the federal and state levels, and control federal disaster assistance costs. Congress believed these requirements would produce the following benefits:
 Reduce loss of life and property, human suffering, economic disruption,
and disaster costs.
 Prioritize hazard mitigation at the local level with increased emphasis on planning and public involvement, assessing risks, implementing loss reduction measures, and ensuring critical facilities/services survive a disaster.
 Promote education and economic incentives to form community-based partnerships and leverage non-federal resources to commit to and implement long-term hazard mitigation activities.

The following FEMA definitions are used throughout this plan (Source: FEMA, 2002, Getting Started, Building Support for Mitigation Planning, FEMA 386-1):

Hazard Mitigation – “Any sustained action taken to reduce or eliminate the long-term risk to human life and property from hazards”.

Planning – “The act or process of making or carrying out plans; specifically, the establishment of goals, policies, and procedures for a social or economic unit.”

Planning Approach
The four-step planning approach outlined in the FEMA publication, Developing the Mitigation Plan: Identifying Mitigation Actions and Implementing Strategies (FEMA 386-3) was used to develop this plan:
 Develop mitigation goals and objectives - The risk assessment (hazard
characteristics, inventory, and findings), along with municipal policy documents, were utilized to develop mitigation goals and objectives.
 Identify and prioritize mitigation actions - Based on the risk assessment, goals and objectives, existing literature/resources, and input from participating entities, mitigation activities were identified for each hazard. Activities were 1) qualitatively evaluated 

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             Contact Information

Joseph Palombi, Director

City of Montebello

City Hall

1600 West Beverly Boulevard

Montebello, CA 90640

Tel: (323) 887-1200

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