Local Hazard Mitigation Plan


The City of Rancho Santa Margarita received Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grant funding to prepare a Local Hazard Mitigation Plan (LHMP). The LHMP presents a strategy for reducing the City's vulnerability to the impacts of natural hazard events such as earthquakes, drought, and wildfire.

What is a Hazard Mitigation Plan?

A Hazard Mitigation Plan is a framework that guides our community in making decisions and developing policies to reduce or eliminate risk to life and property. The plan identifies the types of hazards that threaten our community, evaluates our vulnerability to those threats, and outlines a strategy to reduce or eliminate the risk posed by those threats and break the cycle of repeated destruction by natural hazard events.

 Why is the plan important?

The Federal Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 (DMA 2000) requires that a community have an approved hazard mitigation plan to be eligible to apply for and receive certain types of FEMA hazard mitigation funds. Receipt of these funds can be critical to implementation of identified hazard mitigation programs.

What goes into a Hazard Mitigation Plan?

A hazard mitigation plan assesses the community’s risks and vulnerabilities to natural hazard events such as earthquakes, drought, and wildfire. The plan includes a set of goals related to the overall goal of hazard mitigation planning and mitigation actions that will serve to advance the plan goals.

 How can the public become involved in the hazard mitigation planning process?

Public participation in the process is important because it helps raise awareness of the hazards we face in Rancho Santa Margarita and the actions needed to mitigate those hazards. By participating in the process you will be taking time to consider the hazards in our community, the impact of those hazards on life and property, actions that need to be taken to reduce that impact, and the priority of these actions. The LHMP Planning Team will consider all input from the public and integrate it into the plan where appropriate. Opportunities for the community to provide input, ask questions, and review/comment on draft documents will be provided throughout the planning process. Your comments, questions, ideas, and concerns will have a significant role in the plan’s preparation.

Take this quick survey. This survey will help the LHMP Planning Team better understand the community’s concerns about natural hazards and identify policies and projects that can help lessen the impact of future hazard events. The survey provides the opportunity for you to share your opinions and participate in the mitigation planning process.

Contact the City with questions and comments:

Email: hazardmitigationplan@cityofrsm.org

Phone: (949) 635-1807

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