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Posted on: April 21, 2021

FEMA Adopts City's Hazard Mitigation Plan Update

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The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recently granted final approval of the Kern Multi-Jurisdiction Hazard Mitigation Plan Volume I and the 11 first-wave annexes including one from the City of Tehachapi. This annex was adopted via resolution on January 19, 2021 by the Tehachapi City Council and includes projects aimed at mitigating potential hazards relating to natural disasters such as drought, earthquake, flooding and wildfires.

FEMA’s final plan approval is the culmination of City staff’s almost-two-year involvement in the update process. The FEMA-approved Plan Volume 1 and Annexes are valid for five years, until April 9, 2026.  During this five-year period, the City will be eligible to apply for funds through FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) Grant Program.  When awarded, HMA Grant Program funds can be used to begin implementing the mitigation actions detailed in the City’s Annex.  Those mitigation actions may help reduce the loss of life, personal injury, and property damage that can result from future disasters.

All FEMA-approved materials are available here.  They include Plan Volume 1 (here) and the City of Tehachapi Annex (here).  

The City of Tehachapi would like to thank the Kern County Department of Emergency Services and Administrative Coordinator Wendy Benson for her assistance with this grant-funded update to the Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan. 

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