Your WaterFlood and Stream ManagementWatershed and Environment

Local Hazard Mitigation Plan

The federal Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 requires cities, counties and special districts to have a Local Hazard Mitigation Plan (LHMP) to minimize damage and quicken recovery from disasters such as earthquakes and floods, and to be eligible for federal hazard mitigation funds. The existing plan was developed in 2005 and updated in 2010 under the Association of Bay Area Governments as the lead agency on a multi-jurisdictional LHMP for the region.

  • To view the existing Bay Area plan, along with maps that show earthquake- and flood-prone areas, click here.
  • To view Zone 7's "annex" document, approved by the Agency's Board in early 2011, click here.

Local Hazard Mitigation Plan -- 2016 Update

Zone 7 Water Agency is in the process of a 5-year update to its own Local Hazard Mitigation Plan. This plan is mandated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to assist with reducing costs associated with disaster response and recovery. It requires agencies to review impacts from natural and manmade disasters to see where infrastructure and services can be strengthened or improved to reduce potential effects and thereby reduce costs after disasters.

It will take approximately 4 months (from May 2016) to complete a draft document, which will be reviewed by the State Office of Emergency Services (OES) and FEMA. The draft Plan will be available for public review and comment before going to OES.

Public Survey: The process requires agencies to seek input from the public on disaster concerns. This survey is an attempt to get public input to see what issues you think should have the highest priorities and are of greatest concern. This, along with our knowledge of systems and responses, will be used when looking at pre-disaster construction, improvements and preparation. Your help will be greatly appreciated.

Please see the following link to take the survey:

Thank you in advance for your time to fill out the short 13-question survey.


 For more information on how you can prepare you and your family for a natural disaster, visit: