The City of Torrance is updating their Local Hazard Mitigation Plan (LHMP) , and is asking for input. They are providing a survey to understand our concerns and preparedness. This is an opportunity to let the city, and the new Emergency Services Coordinator, know of our concerns about HF and the refinery.
TRAA’s view (www.TRAA.website) is that the refinery, the workers at the refinery, and the City are doing or will do everything they can to make the use of HF/MHF safe. However, we know HF is an exceptionally dangerous chemical in that it can cause Mass casualties and refineries are vulnerable to accidents, natural disasters, intentional acts of Terror (According to the AQMD 2019 Senior Staff report). So the only fully safe thing to prevent a catastrophic release is for the refinery to convert from HF/MHF to one of the multiple vastly safer alternatives.
Many South Bay cities, the County Board of Supervisors, County Health Dept., state officials and numerous Senators and Representatives have written letters to support the conversion from HF.
We urge all to follow the link below to take the survey and speak facts to wishful thinking.
From the City’s website:
The City of Torrance Office of Emergency Services is preparing an update to the Local Hazard Mitigation Plan (LHMP). The updated City of Torrance LHMP will replace the 2017-2022 LHMP by assessing and identifying both natural and human-caused hazards local to Torrance that may impact the City. The 2023 LHMP will summarize vulnerabilities of the community and assess ways in which the City can reduce the impacts of these threats through long-term, hazard mitigation projects.
This plan will help create a safer and prepared community for residents, businesses, and visitors to the City of Torrance. The LHMP allows public safety personnel, city staff, elected officials, and members of the public to understand the threats from natural and human-caused hazards in our community.
The LHMP is updated every five years (reviewed annually) to ensure we have the most recent community information, hazard data, and new mitigation project ideas.
How Can I Get Involved?
- Anyone who lives or works in Torrance, or is interested in the future of the community, is invited to participate in the plan update. Those interested may attend Local Public Emergency Committee meetings, completion of the LHMP survey, and review the plan to offer comments.
- Take our Online LHMP Survey(ends April 20, 2023), which asks for information about past experiences with natural hazards and how our LHMP can be most useful. Your responses will ensure that you and the rest of our community can get the help and resources that are needed during unforeseen events.
Take our survey NOW, let your voice be heard! Encourage your friends, family, and neighbors to do the same.