Local Hazard Mitigation Plan

While no one can predict or protect the City against every possible natural hazard, potential impacts can be anticipated and steps taken to avoid or reduce the harm they may cause. 

The City is preparing a Local Hazard Mitigation Plan where potential natural hazards that threaten communities are identified such as flooding, earthquakes, fire, and fog.  The plan will also explain how these natural hazards would affect the community and then figure out the best way to save lives and reduce property damage in the event that one of these types of natural disasters occurs in Merced. By planning ahead we can save lives and prevent injuries!

This work is being supported by a grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and is a prerequisite to obtain future funds for construction of hazard mitigation projects, such as flood detention basins.

The public is welcome and encouraged to participate in the process and to comment on the draft Hazard Mitigation Plan during its drafting stages and prior to seeking final approval from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. To learn more about Hazard Mitigation Planning, or to submit comments, please use the links below.

Why do Hazard Mitigation Planning?

      Click on the link above for information about why we do hazard mitigation planning.

Public Outreach Opportunities

     Learn who is involved and what opportunities exist for public input.

Draft Local Hazard Mitigation Plan / Available for Review and Comment

     The City welcomes your review and comment while the plan is under construction.  As portions of the plan are drafted, they will be posted here. 

Contact Information

For more information, or to submit comments and questions, please use the following contact information:

Project Coordinator:

Bill King, AICP

Phone: 209-385-4768


City of Merced

Planning Department

678 W. 18th Street

Merced, CA 95340


Other Useful Links

www.fema.gov - Federal Emergency Management Agency

www.noaa.gov - National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration

www.usgs.gov - United States Geological Survey

https://www.fema.gov/national-flood-insurance-program- National Flood Insurance Program

www.oes.ca.gov - California Emergency Management Agency (Cal EMA)

www.co.merced.ca.us/index.aspx?NID=1599 – Merced County Office of Emergency Services

www.cityofmerced.org/depts/fire/default.asp City of Merced Fire Department

www.cityofmerced.org/depts/police/default.asp City of Merced Police Department

www.redcross.org/ - American Red Cross

www.mercedid.org/ - Merced Irrigation District

Public Survey Opportunity
:  You can help with this project by completing a short survey.  What hazards are of concern to you?  How should we prepare for those hazards?  Sharing your voice and ideas would be very much appreciated.  Please click this link to begin the survey.