The Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) and the Bay Conservation Development Commission (BCDC) invite jurisdictions that are developing or updating hazard mitigation plans, climate adaptation plans, or community safety elements, to participate in a workshop on community engagement.
This is the first in a series of three workshops designed to support local governments in planning for existing hazards and preparing for future hazards due to climate change. The workshop series is designed to help you succeed in creating your hazard mitigation and climate adaptation plan and get you to the goal post of a FEMA approved hazard mitigation plans by March 2016 when most plans expire.
- Learn how to review your current plans and form your team
- Assist participants in developing a community engagement plan for their local hazard mitigation and climate adaptation plan.
- Provide inclusive outreach strategies to effectively communicate with hard-to-reach and vulnerable populations, involve diverse partners in planning, tools for effective public meetings, and how to maintain continued public involvement.
- Learn about the latest science on Bay Area earthquakes and tsunamis.
- Learn from other jurisdictions and share successes and challenges in resilience planning.
The first workshop will be repeated in three locations. Please attend the workshop that is best for you.
- March 26th, 8:30-3:00pm, Impact Assessment, 800 Hearst Avenue (@ 5th St.), Berkeley
- April 16th, 8:30-3:00pm, Cañada College, 4200 Farm Hill Blvd, Redwood City
- April 29th, 8:30-3:00pm, Napa Library, 580 Coombs St, Napa
In advance of the workshop, we encourage plan leaders to:
- Review the status of your existing hazard mitigation, climate adaptation, and/or safety element
- Consider who needs to be on your local planning team, including with representatives from every department to help shape a plan that is holistic and ensures that mitigation and adaptation recommendations are included in future capital and operating budget decision making and prioritized within other planning processes.
- Think about your past experiences with community engagement and how future engagement could be made more inclusive and effective in the future.
ABAG and BCDC are partnering with FEMA and CalOES in this process. FEMA is also working with a number of jurisdictions on a related flood risk identification process in the San Pablo Bay watershed.
If you haven’t done so already, please register a primary contact from your jurisdiction for this effort.