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Safety Element Update and Hazard Mitigation Plan

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The City of Hercules has released a draft updated Safety Element of the General Plan, and simultaneously authored a new draft Local Hazard Mitigation Plan (LHMP).  

The General Plan Safety Element content is dictated by the State Office of Planning and Research, and covers natural and man-made topics. The content includes 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.

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. On June 23, 2020, the Contra Costa County Department of Emergency Services approved the City's draft Annex.

All members of the community are invited to review the draft Safety Element and the draft Annex to the Hazard Mitigation Plan. Comments can be submitted to Robert Reber, Community Development Director, at rreber@ci.hercules.ca.us.

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
  • June 2020 – Draft LHMP Annex submitted to Cal OES

  • July 21, 2020, 7:00 P.M. – Community Workshop #2
    Due to COVID-19 precautions, this workshop will be conducted online via ZOOM.

    Join the workshop at:
    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82424157067?pwd=aUdLaS9ac1h4Z1RseXlMNU5BNEdjdz09
    Password: 882714 
    (or call in by dialing: 1-669-900-6833; Webinar ID: 824 2415 7067; Password: 882714)

  • July–August 2020 – Cal OES approval / Draft LHMP Annex submitted to FEMA
  • August/September 2020 – CEQA review
  • Fall 2020 – FEMA approval; Planning Commission and City Council adoption

Community Survey

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 material were among the top concerns for respondents.

See full, detailed information survey summary (PDF)

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If you would like to be notified of future opportunities to comment on the draft Plan or to attend a public hearing, please contact Robert Reber, City of Hercules Community Development Director, at rreber@ci.hercules.ca.us or call 510-799-8248.