Hazard Mitigation

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Current Hazard Mitigation Projects

In May 2018 Yolo County and CalFire undertook a mitigation effort to reduce the chances of a fire starting along Hwy 128.  This effort was successful in preventing the 2018 County Fire from crossing south into Solano County.  The project is being continued in May of 2019.  During the week of 5/6/19, a prescribed burn will commence to clear the dry brush.  Use the map below to view the project area.

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.  The 2018 Yolo County Hazard Mitigation was recently approved by the Federal Emergency Management Agency on December 3rd, 2018.  Participating jurisdictions that adopted the plan include Yolo County; the Cities of Davis, West Sacramento, Woodland, and Winters; the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation; the Housing Authority of the County of Yolo; Reclamation Districts 108, 900, and 2035; the Sacramento River West Side Levee District, the Knights Landing Ridge Drainage District, and the Yolo County Flood Control and Water Conservation District.  A copy of the 2018 plan can be found on the Reports and Publication link under this web page.  The plan is a living document that is continuously updated every year.  The official 2023 plan update process will commence in 2022.  

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.

As part of the 2023 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.  The next meeting for 2019 will be announced in the spring.

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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