Safety Element Update and Hazard Mitigation Plan

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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

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

Community Survey

The City is conducting 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 opened October 1, 2019, and will close December 31, 2019. The results will be used to identify opportunities for community partners and the City of Hercules.  

Take the community hazards & safety survey

Subscribe to e-notices to stay up-to-date on the project with the City Manager's bi-weekly updates.

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 or call 510-799-8242.