Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District (EVMWD) recently announced they have received a $125,000 grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to go towards the development of a Local Hazard Mitigation Plan.
FEMA’s Pre-Disaster Mitigation grant program provides funding assistance for states, tribal governments, territories, and local communities to implement natural hazard mitigation programs. These programs help agencies like EVMWD to reduce the vulnerability of their communities, promote public safety, and rapidly recover from any natural disasters.
“We are grateful to the Federal Emergency Management Agency for their support in this important project,” said Greg Thomas, general manager at EVMWD. “The hazard mitigation plan will allow us to proactively reduce the risks posed by natural disasters, ensuring that our customers have uninterrupted access to our essential services even in the case of disaster.”
EVMWD’s Local Hazard Mitigation Plan (LHMP) will address hazards such as earthquakes, fires, floods, drought, and more as it assesses risk and prioritizes mitigation actions. The LHMP will also utilize information from a recent seismic vulnerability study and drought contingency plan completed by EVMWD, as well as a groundwater sustainability plan that is currently underway.
“By taking strategic steps to prepare for disaster, EVMWD lessens the financial impact that emergencies have on the District and its ratepayers,” stated Andy Morris, EVMWD board president. “The LHMP is one of the many ways we ensure that customers have uninterrupted access to safe, clean, and affordable water at all times.”