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 the City of Vacaville can include flooding, wildfire, landslides, earthquake, and drought. Hazard mitigation planning and projects can create a safer City by reducing loss of life and property damage associated with future disasters. Each dollar spent on mitigation can save the City an average of four dollars!
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 the norm”, but the replication of pre-disaster conditions may result in a repetitive cycle of damage and reconstruction. Hazard mitigation planning in the City of Vacaville can break this repetitive cycle by producing less vulnerable conditions through post-disaster repairs and disaster-smart reconstruction.
The City’s Hazard Mitigation Plan must be updated every five years to ensure the plan remains current with natural hazard events and maintain eligibility for State and Federal Hazard Mitigation Grant funding. For information about past, current and future hazard mitigation planning efforts, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.