Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach Department of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Communications is inviting residents to participate in the review of the City’s Draft Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan. Residents can review the draft plan and provide comments online or in-person at all Long Beach Public Library locations, now through Oct. 16, 2022.
To help residents navigate through the plan development process, review the draft plan and provide their feedback, the Department of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Communications has launched a new Hazard Mitigation webpage, which includes informational content about the hazards identified in the plan, as well as links to both the full plan and the public survey.
The Hazard Mitigation Plan serves to reduce loss of life and property by mitigating potential risks and minimizing the impact of disasters. The Federal Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 requires the plan to be updated every five years in order to maintain eligibility for certain federal disaster assistance and hazard mitigation funding programs.
Earlier this year, community members had the opportunity to share their knowledge of local hazards and emergency preparedness for disasters via a public survey. The information provided through the survey was used during the development of the draft plan.
Throughout the public review period, up-to-date information will be posted on the Disaster Preparedness website at longbeach.gov/disasterpreparedness and on Facebook and Instagram pages at @LBDisasterPrep.
The updated plan will be presented to the Long Beach City Council later this year for consideration.
Media inquiries may be directed to Reginald Harrison, Director of the Department of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Communications, at 562.570.9460 or Reginald.Harrison@longbeach.gov.
About the City of Long Beach
Home to approximately 470,000 people, the multiple award-winning and innovative City of Long Beach offers all the world-class amenities of a large metropolitan city while maintaining a strong sense of individual and diverse neighborhoods nestled together along the California coast. As a full-service charter city, Long Beach is home to the Queen Mary, Aquarium of the Pacific, several museums and theaters, a highly rated school district, Long Beach Airport, the Port of Long Beach, as well as many award-winning City departments such as Health and Human Services; Parks, Recreation and Marine; Development Services; Public Works and more. The City also has a highly respected university and city college, two historic ranchos, five hospitals, 12 libraries, five golf courses, 169 parks, miles of beaches, marinas, bike paths and a Bike Share program.
About Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Communications
The mission of the Department of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Communications is to protect the lives and property of the community and first responders through comprehensive planning, training and communication to ensure that daily requests for emergency services, as well as response, recovery, and mitigation for major emergencies and disasters is completed in an effective and efficient manner.