Hazard Mitigation

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What is Hazard Mitigation Planning?

More often than not, communities are faced with having to deal with the aftermath of an unwanted hazard that can devastate areas of a community. While we cannot prevent disasters from happening, their effects can be reduced or eliminated through hazard mitigation planning, but only if a local government has the foresight to assess likely hazards and craft preventative measures before the next hazard event occurs.

Hazard Mitigation Plans are revised every five years since the hazards that can affect a community can change over time. Communities can help Emergency Management to plan for the reduction of losses from hazards by supporting the efforts that make up a comprehensive Hazard Mitigation Plan.

What can you do?

The Yolo County Office of Emergency Services is seeking your input!  The plan addresses threats from potential hazards and identifies possible strategies to reduce impacts. Yolo County, the cities of Davis, West Sacramento, Winters, and Woodland, the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation, and Yolo County Housing are currently updating their combined multi-jurisdictional plan.

As part of the 2018 plan update process, the public is encouraged to provide input by completing a survey to identify the community’s concerns about hazards.  There are three ways to complete your survey:

Complete it Digitally  Complete it in Person  Send us a Hard-copy

 You can Download a fill-able PDF by clicking on this link:

Hazard Mitigation Survey

Fill it in and e-mail it back to oes@yolocounty.org.

 Visit any branch of the Yolo County Library or attend our public meeting to get a hard-copy.  Simply leave it at the library branch and we'll collect them.

 Pick-up a hard-copy or print one out, fill it in and mail it to our offices at:


Yolo County Admin Office
Attn: OES
625 Court Street, Rm 202
Woodland, CA 95695


Public Meeting Announcement

Public are encouraged to attend public meetings where information about the plan, including the hazards identified, will be discussed.

Friday, December 15, 2017, 6 pm – 7pm
City of Davis Community Chambers
City Hall
23 Russell Boulevard, Davis

New Guidance for Making Schools Safer

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has announced the release of the first edition of Safer, Stronger, Smarter: A Guide to Improving School Natural Hazard Safety, FEMA P-1000.

This Guide provides up-to-date, authoritative information and guidance that schools can use to develop a comprehensive strategy for addressing natural hazards, including earthquake, tsunami, flood, hurricane, tornado, and high wind. It is intended to be used by administrators, facilities managers, emergency managers, emergency planning committees, and teachers and staff at K through 12 schools. It can also be valuable for state officials, district administrators, school boards, teacher union leaders, and others that play a role in providing safe and disaster-resistant schools for all. Parents, caregivers, and students can also use this Guide to learn about ways to advocate for safe schools in their communities.

The Guide can be found at the following link:

A Guide to Improving School Natural Hazard Safety

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