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Local Hazard Mitigation Plan

Santa Clara Valley Water District Local Hazard Mitigation Plan Update

Project Overview

In November 2015, the Santa Clara Valley Water District kicked off an update to its Local Hazard Mitigation Plan. This document will provide the district’s framework to mitigate local risks to natural hazards and plan for a resilient future. After the LHMP is completed, the district will seek FEMA approval of the LHMP to maximize the district’s eligibility for future grant funding for hazard mitigation.

Plan preparation is occurring from November 2015 to March 2016. An important component of the plan development process is whole community feedback and the district is conducting outreach and engaging stakeholders throughout the County to enlist feedback and input on the hazard analysis and mitigation measures contained within the plan.

An online survey was created to gather responses that will help with plan preparation. We would like to receive your feedback by filling out a survey. Thank you for your time and cooperation.

Project updates will be available on this website. Final action on the project by the district will occur once approval is received from FEMA.

For questions or comments, please contact Dale Jacques, Security and Emergency Services Unit Manager.


Phone: 408-630-2637

Address: 5750 Almaden Expressway, San Jose, CA 95118

The information below provides more details on hazard assessment and mitigation activities by the water district:

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Project Documents

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Project Background

The Santa Clara Valley Water District seeks to proactively minimize the potential impacts of natural hazards in the community. Earthquakes, flooding, infrastructure failure, and are some of the key hazards that threaten the district. The Local Hazard Mitigation Plan (LHMP) is a five-year strategic plan that provides a framework for analyzing, preparing, and mitigating risks from these hazards.

The LHMP responds directly to the requirements of the Disaster Mitigation Act (DMA) of 2000. The DMA establishes requirements to identify hazards, evaluate mitigations, and prioritize strategies to mitigate hazard risks. Completion of the LHMP and achievement of certification by FEMA provides the district with access to two competitive FEMA grant programs: the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) and the Pre-Disaster Mitigation Program (PDM). To maintain eligibility for FEMA funding, the district must update the LHMP a minimum of once every five years. The existing LHMP was completed in 2011 and nearing expiration.


 Natural hazard: Biological, geological, hydrological, meteorological, or seismic condition that may cause a disaster (e.g. flood, tornado , volcano eruption, earthquake, or landslide)