City of Los Angeles Hazard Mitigation Plan

The City of Los Angeles Hazard Mitigation Plan supplements the City of Los Angeles Emergency Operations Plan, which has been developed to preserve life and property since that is the responsibility of various levels of government, and therefore knowledgeable personnel are trained about the various facets of protecting the public’s health and welfare. The purpose of the plan is to give specific guidance to the public and utilize all available resources from all levels of government in an effective and immediate response to emergencies and disasters. The plan identifies all forms of resources, governmental, non-profit and private, industries, community-based organizations, and educational institutions involved in disaster relief and the mitigation process. The plan establishes: three types of risk (high risk, moderate risk, and low risk); the types of hazards which may occur and how best to assign a degree of risk to each of the hazards; how to measure and evaluate risks; and measures needed to determine mitigation programs and projects to lessen various categories of risk. The planning process includes appropriate goals, objectives, and recommendations for various techniques of mitigation. Public funding is made available through the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000. There is a substantial degree of effort to involve all public agencies, residents, non-profit organizations, businesses, and industry in an approach which is united in scope and effective in operation. Specific hazards, vulnerability to the hazards, and risk assessment addressed in the document cover earthquakes, terrorism, wildfires, floods, public health hazards, hazardous materials, drought, severe weather, landslides, etc.

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