By Staff Reports
(Victorville)– Small cities don’t always have an opportunity to plan ahead for natural disasters and climate change. That is why the City of Victorville did not hesitate when the opportunity arose to update its Local Hazard Mitigation Plan (or LHMP) – a plan that guides city-wide efforts to reduce the risk of hazards such as flooding and earthquakes. However, for this planning effort to be successful, the City of Victorville needs input from the people who work and live within its boundaries. To start collecting this input, the city has released a Hazard Mitigation Planning Survey on its website, which can be accessed at VictorvilleCA.gov/HazardSurvey.
Public participation is a key part of hazard mitigation planning. It provides planners insight into public preferences and access to community knowledge about the city. It also allows planners to ensure that the needs of vulnerable populations, those who may be disproportionately affected by disasters, are accounted for. For these reasons, the City of Victorville will be providing several opportunities for public participation.
“We invite any individual who lives or works in the City of Victorville to complete this survey and help shape our approach to hazard mitigation – the survey is a crucial first step,” said Victorville Mayor, Gloria Garcia.
Investing in the creation of quality LHMPs provides cities with multiple benefits. First, they allow the city to take a comprehensive approach towards reducing the likelihood and impact of disaster events. Second, LHMPs are the principal qualification for a locality to receive state and federal hazard mitigation and disaster relief funds. Hazard mitigation funds can be applied to risk management projects such as brush or drainage clearing to reduce wildfire and flooding risk. Meanwhile disaster relief funding helps cities pay the immense costs inherent in responding to, and recovering from, disasters. Ultimately, these advance planning efforts reduce the likelihood and impact of disasters while minimizing the disruption and suffering that they cause.
To lead its planning effort, the city has hired Constant Associates, a Torrance – based emergency management consulting firm. The project, which is expected to be complete by March 2021, is being funded through a federal grant.
Located in Southern California at the high-point between Los Angeles and Las Vegas, Victorville is the leading city for both industry and retail in the High Desert Region. Victorville is a growing, vibrant community that is home to approximately 125,000 residents and some of the area’s largest employers. Clean air, abundant mountain vistas, family-friendly recreation activities, spectacular sunsets and breathtaking night skies entice locals and visitors alike to fall in love with this city that is within a few hours of SoCal beaches, National Parks, mountain retreats, other major attractions; and less than an hour from Ontario International Airport. Additional information about the City of Victorville is available at VictorvilleCA.gov.