Local Hazard Mitigation Plan


What is a Local Hazard Mitigation Plan?

A Local Hazard Mitigation Plan (LHMP) identifies local natural hazards and then identifies and prioritizes vulnerable areas in the local community. The purpose of an LHMP is to help communities be prepared in case of natural disasters as well as to prepare for the recovery after such events.

Why do we need one in Watsonville? Watsonville is located in a geographic area prone to certain specific natural disasters including but not limited to:

  • Flooding
  • Severe Heat
  • Earthquakes
  • Drought


Take the local Hazard Mitigation Plan survey!

How can I participate in drafting the
Local Hazard Mitigation Plan?

  1. Come, participate and share your input at the meetings.
  2. Fill out and share this survey (English).
  3. Fill out and share this survey (Spanish).
  4. Talk about the LHMP with friends, family, and neighbors
    and invite them to attend the meetings. 

If you have any questions or would like to forward comments, you can do so at the following address: lhmp@cityofwatsonville.org .

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  1. Thu Feb. 20

    Local Hazard Mitigation Plan - 3rd Meeting This is the fourth of a series of 5 public meetings to discuss the development of our Local Hazard Mitigation Plan in order to prepare for natural disasters. Everyone is welcome. Children's activities and light refreshments will be provided.
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If I can't attend the meetings, can I find the information online?

Yes. All meeting agendas and information covered at the meetings will be available below.

Meeting Documents

Rules and Planning Documents

The 2018 California State Hazard Mitigation Plan (SHMP) represents the state’s primary hazard mitigation guidance document and is composed of comprehensive and valuable input provided by State Hazard Mitigation Team members and stakeholders.

The Pajaro River Watershed Integrated Regional Water Management Plan (IRWM) effort is a collaborative effort to identify and implement regional and mutli-beneficial projects for the Pajaro River Watershed.