In the News

  • Do you know what to expect in the next big earthquake? The USGS just released a new website to help Bay Area residents learn about the big issues to expect before, during, and after a major earthquake in an urban area. Get prepared here and learn everything you need to know about living in earthquake country.

  • New! Earthquake Housing Loss Report ABAG is pleased to announce the release of our newest research. The new data illustrates the consequences to the region’s housing stock from 16 earthquake scenarios. How would your county fare? Visit the web page, read the housing loss and shelter needs white papers, and download the data for yourself.

  • Soft Story Model Ordinance and Handbook Resilience Policy Guidance Document – ABAG is pleased to announce the release of our newest publication. This document is an adaptable model ordinance, with guidance, designed to help your jurisdiction adopt a soft story retrofit program. Check out the ordinance today! For questions or comments, or if you want help developing a retrofit program, email us.

  • Tools for Implementing Resilience Practice Workshop Series – Please join ABAG’s Resilience Program and key partners over the next year by participating in our new workshop series. Throughout 2017, we will explore how local governments can gain technical information and build local capacity to implement resilience-building strategies. This series builds on the Mitigation and Adaptation Plan workshop series held in summer 2015 to develop climate-inclusive local hazard mitigation plans. Now that many jurisdictions’ plans are completed and adopted, implementing identified strategies is critical to increasing resilience. This workshop series will provide tools, examples, connections, and concepts for implementation. For more information, click here.

  • 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.