|Major disasters strike the United States every year causing deaths and injuries to our citizens and billions of dollars in damage to property and infrastructure. We know that the City of Chula Vista faces wildfires and earthquakes among other hazards, so preparing now for whatever may come is the surest means of reducing the risks.
This year, Chula Vista is reviewing the Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan from 2010. This plan is updated every five years as a requirement to be eligible for Hazard Mitigation grants and funding. A Hazard Mitigation Plan reinforces the importance of lessening impact and emphasizes planning for disasters before they occur. The City is updating its assets, vulnerabilities, capabilities, goals and objectives, as well as action items.
As part of the plan update, the City of Chula Vista is requesting input from its residents by asking them to complete the “Survey for the San Diego Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan Revision,” found at www.surveymonkey.com/s/ZPYGVG6. With 18 questions—16 of them multiple choice—the survey takes just a few minutes. It will help gauge residents’ level of disaster preparedness and awareness and help local governments set priorities for addressing potential disasters before they happen. Chula Vista residents are asked to respond to the survey by June 30, 2014.
Each of the 18 incorporated jurisdictions of San Diego County participate in the planning process for the Hazard Mitigation Plan as well as several fire protection and water districts. Chula Vista will submit our finalized plan to the State for review in January 2015 and then for approval by FEMA. Once approved by FEMA, the plan will be taken to City Council for adoption.
Posted: April 28, 2014