Local Hazard Mitigation Plan 2016

In 2000, Congress passed the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000, which focused on hazard mitigation before disasters such as earthquakes, fires, and floods occur. The goal was to encourage local governments and states to develop plans and undertake projects to mitigate the impact of natural disasters before they happen. The legislation therefore requires all local governments to develop and adopt a Local Hazard Mitigation Plan (LHMP) in order to be eligible for Hazard Mitigation Grant Program project grants for disasters declared after November 1, 2004, and for future mitigation project funding awarded through the Flood Mitigation Assistance program, the Pre-Disaster Mitigation grant program, and the U.S. Small Business Administration’s low interest, pre-disaster, small business loan program. As a result, jurisdictions with an adopted LHMP benefit from a more disaster-resistant and resilient community.

Previous Plans

In compliance with Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) guidelines, the LHMP must be updated every five years. In 2006 and 2012, the City approved joining (annexing) the Association of Bay Area Governments’ region-wide plan as the most efficient way for the City to meet this FEMA requirement. At the City Council meeting of March 6, 2012, the Council approved a resolution adopting the ABAG report, “Taming Natural Disasters,” as supplemented by the City of Fremont’s Local Hazard Mitigation Plan Annex (including the City of Fremont Hazard Mitigation Strategies), as the City of Fremont’s Local Hazard Mitigation Plan. The City Council approval was conditional pending formal FEMA approval, which was granted in 2012.

View the Previous Plans

2011 ABAG Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan
Fremont Annex to the ABAG Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan

2016 Update

With guidance from ABAG, California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (CalOES) and FEMA, the City prepared the 2016 Local Hazard Mitigation Plan. The Plan preparation consisted of community outreach, hazard assessment, risk assessment, mitigation goals and methods for implementation. A multi-departmental team spent approximately five months preparing this plan.

The City sought feedback on what issues should be addressed in the plan from members of the public through Fremont Open City Hall, our online civic engagement tool. Staff also worked with key lifeline partners to ensure their existing plans, services and assets were included in the LHMP. Staff worked internally to prepare a plan that met the requirements of the DMA, and develop strategies to help make Fremont a safer place that is capable of handling a natural disaster. The strategies outlined in the LHMP are the roadmap the City intends to follow to mitigate the damage caused by any future natural disasters in Fremont.

The 2016 LHMP was submitted to CalOES on June 20, 2016. CalOES forwarded the report to FEMA on October 19, 2016. On December 1, 2016, FEMA indicated the plan had been approved pending adoption by Fremont City Council. The Fremont Planning Commission will conduct a public hearing on the LHMP, with a staff recommendation to recommend City Council adopt the LHMP. The LHMP that was approved by FEMA, pending adoption by City Council is provided for public review. The LHMP is tentatively scheduled to go to Planning Commission on Thursday, December 15, 2016, followed by City Council on Tuesday, December 20, 2016.

Adoption of the Local Hazard Mitigation Plan will enable Fremont to maintain its eligibility for pre- and post-disaster hazard mitigation grant funds from FEMA. Although the City’s adoption of the Plan is voluntary, a LHMP must be adopted in order to be eligible for mitigation funding from FEMA, according to FEMA guidelines.

2016 Local Hazard Mitigation Plan (as approved by FEMA pending adoption of Fremont City Council)

2016 City of Fremont Local Hazard Mitigation Plan
Appendix C – Open City Hall Statements

*Note – due to the file size of Appendix A (Full Size Maps) and Appendix B (Meeting Records), these files are not available online. Please visit Fremont City Manager’s Office at 3300 Capitol Ave., Fremont, CA 94538 during normal business hours to view the files.

Appendix D (Approval Documentation) will be made available after City Council approves the LHMP. Following adoption, the final LHMP and adoption documentation will be added to this page.

Public Input

The City posted a question on Fremont Open City Hall, our online civic engagement forum to get feedback on what issues were important to residents. The question focused on what actions residents would like to see the City take in the next five years to reduce the risk associated with a disaster – natural or human-induced – and how can the City help community members prepare for and mitigate risk associated with a disaster. The topic is now closed, but responses can be viewed on Fremont Open City Hall. All comments received were incorporated into the 2016 LHMP.


To provide additional comments or get information on the City’s 2016 Local Hazard Mitigation Plan and mitigation strategies, please contact Jackson Hite, Management Analyst, at 510-284-4016 or email.