The Cambria Community Services District Board of Directors hasn’t yet officially authorized preparation of a Local Hazard Mitigation Plan (LHMP), a document officials say could help the district qualify for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) funds after a state or federally declared emergency in California, even if that emergency isn’t a local one.
Emergency-preparation officials and experts have urged the district to take quick action on such a plan.
The plan’s preparation isn’t included on a draft agenda for the board’s Aug. 20 meeting, but that doesn’t mean there’s no action at all toward getting the plan started. For instance, the Cambria Fire Safe Focus Group continues to push hard to get such a plan in place.
And now Cal Fire is “going to see if we can qualify the LHMP for a Homeland Security Grant to fund writing it,” Fire Chief Rob Lewin said in an email Tuesday, Aug. 11. “If so, we will submit it for County Board (of Supervisors) approval. It’s still too early to know if State OES (Office of Emergency Services) and FEMA will allow this use of the grant. We will know more in a few weeks.”
Supervisor Bruce Gibson said in an Aug. 11 email that “our office continues to support the effort” to get Cambria’s FHMP completed, “and we look forward to getting it in place.”
At CCSD’s July 23 meeting, Director Jim Bahringer urged his peers to press forward on “developing an LHMP, which is critical for getting FEMA funding.”