The City of Hercules is updating the Safety Element of the General Plan, and simultaneously authoring a new Hazard Mitigation Plan.
The General Plan Safety Element content is dictated by the State Office of Planning and Research, and may include natural and man-made topics. The content will include goals, policies, and implementing actions. Prior to sending it to the State Office of Planning and Research, the City Council will approve the content by resolution.
The Hazard Mitigation Plan purpose is governed by the Stafford Act, as amended by the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000. The Plan shall reduce the loss of life and property, human suffering, and economic disruption, and provide disaster assistance costs resulting from natural disasters. The Hazard Mitigation Plan is a precondition for the city receiving FEMA mitigation project grants. Working with Cal OES as a partner, FEMA must approve the content prior to City Council approval.
- More information on State Hazard Mitigation Planning
The City's Safety & Hazard Mitigation Steering committee has decided to annex (link) to the Contra Costa County Hazard Mitigation Plan, which the County approved in 2018. This process will allow the City of Hercules to partner with Contra Costa County, other municipalities, and special districts in the county. Work on the linking process is currently underway.
Timeline for preparation and approval:
- Summer 2019 – Staff Preparation
- Fall 2019 – Community Workshop #1 (Sept. 25, 2019) and Survey
- Winter 2019/2020 – Draft Plan and Staff Review
- Spring 2020 – Community Workshop #2 (TBD)
- Summer 2020 – Cal OES approval, CEQA, and City Council adoption
The City conducted a community survey to gauge the public’s understanding of citywide hazards, identify ways the City might educate the public on hazards, and guide the development of hazard policies and programs. The survey was open between October 1, 2019, and January 23, 2019. The survey results will be used to identify opportunities for community partners and the City of Hercules.
The survey received 66 responses between October and mid-January. The respondents were concerned with many natural and non-natural hazards in Hercules. Earthquake, wildfire, and severe weather were among the top natural hazard concerns an non-natural hazards such as oil/gas spills, utility/power failure, active shooter, and hazardous materiael were among the top concerns for respondents.
If you would like to be notified of future opportunities to comment on the draft Plan or to attend a public hearing, please contact Michele Rodriguez, City of Hercules Planning, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 510-799-8242.