In the News

  • NOAA Coastal Resilience Grants Available – NOAA recently issued a call for proposals under their Coastal Resilience Grants Program. Funded projects should advance healthy and sustainable coastal ecosystems through habitat restoration and support approaches to build resilience of coastal regions, communities, and the economy by developing plans and implementing actions to mitigate the negative impacts of extreme weather and climate-related hazards. Applications are due by March 15, 2017. For more information about the program, click here.

  • City of Oakland Seismic Retrofit Grants – Are you a homeowner or multifamily building owner in Oakland? The city has just launched a grant program for single family (1-4 unit) and soft story (5+ units with a weak ground story) retrofit. Interested property owners can access program information, FAQs, and online applications here. Applications are due February 17 for single family retrofit grants and February 24 for soft story retrofit grants, so act now!

  • Soft Story Retrofit Program Development Resilience Policy Guidance Document – ABAG is pleased to announce the release of our newest publication. This document is intended to help jurisdictions decide if soft story retrofit policy is an appropriate tool for increasing local resilience to seismic hazards. Check out the report today! For questions or comments, or if you want help developing a retrofit program, email us.

  • M6.4 Taiwan Earthquake - The February 6th quake appears to have damaged buildings and infrastructure. The Bay Area has many strong ties to Taiwan and we offer our collective sympathy to the impacted communities. Damaging earthquakes reaffirm the Bay Area’s commitment to ensuring safe housing, and resilient infrastructure across the region. Get more information about how to get prepared in our Earthquake Portal.
  • New Bay Area Policy Database – ABAG is developing a regional policy database to serve as a clearinghouse for innovative local policy, including resilience policies. The database will grow as we collect more policies. You can search by jurisdiction or policy type. Check out the database today! If you have any policies you’d like to include, email us.
  • Floodwall for Bay Area Wastewater Treatment Plant - In October 2015 the Vallejo Sanitation and Flood Control District received notification of FEMA support for the districts new flood wall. The District applied for the funding as part of the Hazard Mitigation Grant program resulting from the 2014 South Napa earthquake. read more here
  • Are you storm ready? Last week’s storm reminded the Bay Area that storm season is approaching, and forecasters are predicting a strong El Nino effect, which can lead to flooding, landslides, mud flows, and power outages. Learn more about how to become storm ready here and learn more about hazard mitigation here.
  • Did you feel the M4.0 Piedmont earthquake on August 18? Get more information about the quake here and learn more about how to get prepared in our Earthquake Portal.