Planning and Police Department staff have been working with San Mateo County and their selected consultant, TetraTech, on an update to the Countywide Hazard Mitigation Plan and a more specific “Annex” to this plan for the Town of Colma. The plan is now completed in and pending final adoption by the Colma City Council, other jurisdictions in the County, FEMA, and the State Office of Emergency Services (CalOES). Volume I identifies all of the hazards of concern for the County. Volume II includes the Colma Annex and the Colma Fire Protection District Annex. Click here to view these plans.
Hazard mitigation is defined as a method to reduce or alleviate the loss of life as well as personal injury, and property damage that can result from a disaster through long- and short-term strategies. Strategies include implementing planning approaches, policy changes, programs, projects, and other activities that can mitigate the impacts of hazards. The responsibility for hazard mitigation lies with many, including private property owners; business and industry stakeholders; and local, state, and federal government agencies.
The federal Disaster Mitigation Act (DMA) of 2000 (Public Law 106-390) requires state and local governments to develop hazard mitigation plans as a condition for federal disaster grant assistance. Before 2000, federal disaster funding focused on disaster relief and recovery, with only limited funding for hazard mitigation planning. The DMA increased the emphasis on planning for disasters before they occur. In addition, Colma’s adoption of the hazard mitigation plan will allow for the maximum level of state reimbursement for costs incurred during a disaster.
Please feel free to contact Michael Laughlin in the Planning Department if you have any questions on the draft plan or process.