ABAG San Francisco Bay Area Local Hazard Mitigation Plan

The Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) 2010 Local Hazard Mitigation Plan is hosted on a comprehensive website which includes other information regarding local hazard mitigation planning, interactive maps showing areas at risk due to events such as flooding, wildfire, and landslides (based on historic data), and strategic priorities and actions submitted by individual agencies participating in the Mitigation Plan. The Plan itself identifies natural hazards with the greatest impact to the Bay Area including climate change, flooding, landslides, wildfires and drought.  The role that climate change plays in increasing the frequency and intensity of these hazards is discussed. 

Specific chapters of the plan address infrastructure (including transportation), health care, housing, economy, government, schools and education, environment and land use. For each of these sectors, the chapter includes various strategies to address earthquake, flooding, wildfire, landslide, tsunamis, hazardous materials release and dam failure. Additionally, the chapters outline regional priorities for these strategies.

The Federal Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 (DMA 2000) outlines a process which cities, counties, and special districts can follow to develop a Local Hazard Mitigation Plan. Development of this plan is a requirement for certain benefits from CalEMA and FEMA. To assist local governments in meeting this requirement, ABAG is the lead agency on the multi-jurisdictional Local Hazard Mitigation Plan (MJ-LHMP) for the San Francisco Bay Area. Cities and counties can adopt and use all or part of this multi-jurisdictional plan in lieu of preparing all or part of a Local Hazard Mitigation Plan themselves. However, they need to have participated in the development of the multi-jurisdictional plan to adopt it. The plan was originally adopted in 2005. The 2010 plan has been adopted by ABAG and local jurisdictions are in the process of updating their annexes.

Publication Date: 2010

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  • Association of Bay Area Local Governments (ABAG)

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