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  • 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 assessing natural hazards and risks.

    This is the second 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 updating or creating your hazard mitigation plan, climate adaptation plan, or general plan safety element. The workshops have been designed following FEMA requirements for an approved hazard mitigation plan.

    Workshop objectives:

    • Identify and prioritize current and future hazards impacting your jurisdiction
    • Identify key community assets and data sources
    • Evaluate options for assessing risk for natural hazards
    • Learn from other jurisdictions and share successes and challenges in resilience planning

    The workshop will be repeated in three locations.

    • June 19th, 9-3pm, Solano County Events Center, Fairfield
    • June 23rd, 9-3pm, Foster City Community Center
    • June 25th, 9-3pm, Marin County Sheriff’s Office, San Rafael

    RSVP for one of the workshops online.

    In advance of the workshop, we encourage plan leaders to:

    • Identify existing resilience goals in your community. Identifying goals early can help you decide how to focus time and resources in the risk assessment. Download the worksheet here.
    • Conduct an initial screening of community assets. This can also help guide your risk assessment and identify data gaps. Download the worksheet here.

    Please sign up for our mailing list if you would like to be notified of workshops dates and more information.

    Learn more about the plan development process.

  • 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 assessing natural hazards and risks.

    This is the second 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 updating or creating your hazard mitigation plan, climate adaptation plan, or general plan safety element. The workshops have been designed following FEMA requirements for an approved hazard mitigation plan.

    Workshop objectives:

    • Identify and prioritize current and future hazards impacting your jurisdiction
    • Identify key community assets and data sources
    • Evaluate options for assessing risk for natural hazards
    • Learn from other jurisdictions and share successes and challenges in resilience planning

    The workshop will be repeated in three locations.

    • June 19th, 9-3pm, Solano County Events Center, Fairfield
    • June 23rd, 9-3pm, Foster City Community Center
    • June 25th, 9-3pm, Marin County Sheriff’s Office, San Rafael

    RSVP for one of the workshops online.

    In advance of the workshop, we encourage plan leaders to:

    • Identify existing resilience goals in your community. Identifying goals early can help you decide how to focus time and resources in the risk assessment. Download the worksheet here.
    • Conduct an initial screening of community assets. This can also help guide your risk assessment and identify data gaps. Download the worksheet here.

    Please sign up for our mailing list if you would like to be notified of workshops dates and more information.

    Learn more about the plan development process.

  • 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 assessing natural hazards and risks.

    This is the second 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 updating or creating your hazard mitigation plan, climate adaptation plan, or general plan safety element. The workshops have been designed following FEMA requirements for an approved hazard mitigation plan.

    Workshop objectives:

    • Identify and prioritize current and future hazards impacting your jurisdiction
    • Identify key community assets and data sources
    • Evaluate options for assessing risk for natural hazards
    • Learn from other jurisdictions and share successes and challenges in resilience planning

    The workshop will be repeated in three locations.

    • June 19th, 9-3pm, Solano County Events Center, Fairfield
    • June 23rd, 9-3pm, Foster City Community Center
    • June 25th, 9-3pm, Marin County Sheriff’s Office, San Rafael

    RSVP for one of the workshops online.

    In advance of the workshop, we encourage plan leaders to:

    • Identify existing resilience goals in your community. Identifying goals early can help you decide how to focus time and resources in the risk assessment. Download the worksheet here.
    • Conduct an initial screening of community assets. This can also help guide your risk assessment and identify data gaps. Download the worksheet here.

    Please sign up for our mailing list if you would like to be notified of workshops dates and more information.

    Learn more about the plan development process.

  • 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.

    Workshop objectives:

    • 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

    RSVP for one of the workshops online

    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.

    Learn more about the plan development process.

  • 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.

    Workshop objectives:

    • 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

    RSVP for one of the workshops online

    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.

    Learn more about the plan development process.

  • 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.

    Workshop objectives:

    • 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

    RSVP for one of the workshops online

    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.

    Learn more about the plan development process.

  • Save the Date – You’re invited!!

    How might emerging technology help you prepare for the next earthquake? The American Red Cross would like to invite you and other members of the community to help influence the design of new programs that use technology to strengthen personal and community resilience in urban centers around the world. More details.

    REGISTER for this FREE event by sending an email to Joy Stanton or call 415-827-8182. Pre-registration is required. Space is limited.

    DATE: Tues., Dec. 2, 2014

    TIME: 2:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

    PLACE: American Red Cross Café, 1667 Market St., San Francisco, CA 94103

    CONTACT: Joy Stanton at joy.stanton@redcross.org or 415-827-8182

  • A public policy symposium to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Loma Prieta earthquake and support future resilience action.

    The 25th Anniversary of the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake offers Bay Area residents and regional leaders an opportunity to inspire regional action for safer, more resilient communities.

    This commemorative public policy symposium offers an exciting and relevant time to engage in creating a more resilient, adaptive future in our communities.

    Bay Area thought leaders, community advocates, and elected officials launched a three-year public policy program designed to spark quick recovery from future disasters and enact place-based action for a safer future in the places we call home.

    The following policy recommendations have been developed by ABAG, in consultation with the partner groups, from the Northridge 20th Anniversary Symposium Summary Report, January 16-17, 2014.

    State Efforts:

    • Enact State-wide guidelines for the identification, evaluation and retrofit of seismically-unsafe, multi-unit “soft story” apartment buildings through state agency rule-making processes, in coordination with the California Seismic Safety Commission (CSSC), the Housing and Community Development Agency and approval by the State Building Standards Commission.

    • Establish a State Lifelines Council in coordination with the California Seismic Safety Commission partnering with the Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center, a consortium of academic and research experts from ten west coast universities. Tap pertinent state agencies to join the Council, including the CPUC, Department of Transportation, California Energy Commission and Department of Water Resources. Launch two pilot regions for the initial planning efforts.

    Bay Area Regional Efforts:

    • Promote a residential seismic safety incentive program for multi-unit apartment buildings modeled on energy efficiency programs to complement existing program for single-family homes.
      This initiative-Property Assessed Seismic Enhancements (PASE)—will promote seismic retrofit efforts for property owners to leverage local safety, renovation and other development programs through the issue of bond monies to provide resources for community loan programs.

    • Convene Regional Lifelines Councils in the S.F. Bay Area and Southern California to serve as the initial two-year pilot projects of a CSSC-coordinated State Lifelines Council. Partner with the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Infrastructure Protection, the Association of Bay Area Governments, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, regional agencies and local governments to examine disruption risks to regional utility systems; further assess system connections; and, develop a regional strategy to foster lifeline resilience.

    • Adopt the International Building Code with special local amendments to improve resilience-promoting standards into new construction and retrofit (via the International Existing Building Code). ABAG, CEA, and CSSC can guide policy and technical assistance efforts. SEAONC and SEAOC can be used as a resource for specialized support for local governments and communities to adopt state-of-the-practice standards to safeguard seismically at-risk areas and provide substantive, performance-based guidelines that enhance seismic resilience in new construction and retrofit programs.

    For more information please visit http://www.lomaprieta25.com/

  • Join us for a lunchtime talk by professor John McDonagh of Lincoln University in Christchurch, NZ.

    Mr. McDonagh is researching the impact of the 2010/2011 Christchurch earthquakes on building owners and tenants in an area of the Christchurch central business district that was undergoing revitalization and gentrification prior to the earthquakes. The methodology encompasses a comprehensive, long term case study of the area involving observation, interviews and document analysis. This paper reports preliminary findings based on a small number of interviews, also informed by observation of public meetings and newspaper reports. Findings include early commitment by some businesses to a rebuild of the area in the same style, but over time this has declined as delay, demolition, insurance problems, public safety and engineering concerns, political and planning changes and other emerging issues have made participation by the original owners and tenants impossible or uneconomic. It is early days in a long term rebuild process and this study focuses on only one area of the city, but it appears similar problems have arisen in other parts of the city and may well apply to other locations and other types of disasters.

    When: Wednesday, September 17th, noon-1pm

    Where: MetroCenter, 101 8th St, Oakland, 3rd Floor Staff Conference Room

    If you plan to attend this lunchtime talk, please RSVP to daniellem@abag.ca.gov

  • CaLEAP will conduct an Energy Strategy workshop for local governments to become more resilient to energy disruptions. For questions or to RSVP: Megan Unyi 916-217-9611 or megan.unyi@icfi.com

    10 a.m.-1 p.m., Oakland Convention Center, 550 10th St., Oakland, CA.