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  • Local Hazard Mitigation Plan

    In 2004, the Los Angeles Unified School District’s (LA Unified) developed a Local Hazard Mitigation Plan (LHMP) which received Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) approval. Subsequent LHMPs were prepared and received FEMA approval. The LHMP is typically valid for a period of five years. In order to keep the LHMP current an update is required to reflect the current responsibilities of LA Unified’s divisions, departments and offices and addresses major natural and human-caused disasters that have the potential to impact LA Unified facilities and operations. 

    The LHMP provides a framework to lessen the impact of natural disasters. By encouraging whole-community involvement, assessing risk and using a range of resources, local governments can reduce risk to people, economies, and natural environments.

    The updated plan was prepared to ensure LA Unified would be eligible for FEMA Pre-Disaster Mitigation and Hazard Mitigation Grant programs, explicitly, FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP), Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) Program, and the Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) Program. Without an approved LHMP, LA Unified would not be eligible for reimbursement from FEMA following a natural disaster. 

    2018 Local Hazard Mitigation Plan  

    On August 31, 2018, LA Unified submitted the updated LHMP to the California Office of Emergency Services and FEMA for their review and approval. The LHMP was prepared pursuant to the requirements of the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 (Public Law 106-390) and the implementing regulations set forth by the Interim Final Rule published in the Federal Register on February 26, 2002, (44 CFR §201.6) and finalized on October 31, 2007. On October 17, 2018, the LHMP received conditional approval subject to Board of Education adoption. 

    On November 13, 2018, the Board of Education adopted the Los Angeles Unified School District’s Local Hazard Mitigation Plan (LHMP) and received FEMA approval on November 19, 2018. 

    2018 Local Hazard Mitigation Plan (Final Version)

    2023 Local Hazard Mitigation Plan

    On August 21, 2023, FEMA approved and issued Hazard Mitigation Grant Program funds for LA Unified to update the LHMP. LA Unified is currently in progress of updating the LHMP.


    For more information, contact Christy Wong, Office of Environmental Health and Safety at (213) 241-3394 or email at cp-christy.wong@lausd.net.