A Hazard Mitigation Plan serves as the guiding framework for Pico Water District to make decisions and develop policies that reduce or eliminate risks to life and property. The Plan identifies the types of hazards that threaten the service area, evaluates our vulnerability to those threats, and outlines a strategy to reduce or eliminate the risk they pose. Whether retrofitting infrastructure or adding storm drains, the Plan classifies a range of actions and projects that will help us avoid damage and recover quickly from hazard events.  

The Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 passed by Congress requires that all forms of local government maintain an approved hazard mitigation plan to be eligible for and receive certain types of Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and other hazard mitigation funds. Receipt of these funds can be critical to the implementation of identified hazard mitigation programs that break the cycle of disaster, damage, restoration, and repeated damage. 

To do a thorough job of identifying and planning for future disasters, the District is seeking input from our customers and other stakeholders as we prepare our Hazard Mitigation Plan. The Plan will help all of us be more resilient against natural hazards. 

We have completed the Initial Plan draft and are prepared to proceed with the remainder of the planning process. The next step is to connect with our customers and other stakeholders for inquiries, ideas, and recommendations to shape the most effective Plan possible. 

Pico Water District wants to hear your thoughts on the hazards and mitigation strategy identified in the Hazard Mitigation Plan. 

Please visit https://pwagroup.org/news/ to view and offer input on the draft plan.