During the City’s history and before, inhabitants of the area have dealt with various natural hazards that affect the entire region. Historical data indicates that residents of the area have always confronted earth movements, fires, flooding and storms. It has never been possible to predict when these disasters will occur or the effects that they may have on the City and its residents. However, with planning and collaboration among public agencies, private sector organizations and the citizens of the community, it is possible to minimize the losses that result from these disasters. The inevitability of disasters and the growing population and development within the City create a strong community need to develop strategies, coordinate resources and increase public awareness to reduce the risks and prevent loss from future hazard events. Identifying the risks posed by hazards and developing strategies to reduce the impact of hazard events will assist in protecting life and property of the citizens of the community. Residents and businesses can work together with the City to create a plan to address the potential impacts of hazard events.
The Hazard Mitigation Plan serves as a strategic planning tool for use by the City of Aliso Viejo in its efforts to identify and mitigate the future impacts of hazard events. The plan represents the City’s commitment to reduce risks from natural or human-caused hazards, and serves as a guide for decision makers as they commit resources to reduce the effects of these hazards. The plan works in conjunction with other plans, including the City’s General Plan and Emergency Operations Plan.
The Hazard Mitigation Plan is an evolving document that will be reviewed and updated to reflect changing conditions, and will be improved by new information, especially information on local planning activities. The City of Aliso Viejo is dedicated to involving the public directly in the development, review and updating of the plan. All members of the public are invited to read through the plan and submit any questions or suggestions to the City’s Emergency Management Coordinator at 949-425-2598.