Emergency Planning and Operations
- California's Ongoing Storm and Flood Management:: Even in the midst of historic drought, California has continued to invest in flood management and water infrastructure and expanded planning and preparation for the impacts of extreme weather driven by climate change.
- State of California Emergency Plan & Emergency Functions: The 2009 State of California Emergency Plan established the California Emergency Functions which consist of 18 disciplines deemed essential to the emergency management community in California.
- Lessons Learned from Past El Niño and Flooding Events: In response to the 1997 floods in California, the Governor formed the Flood Emergency Action Team (FEAT) to provide specific recommendations to increase California's ability to respond to future flood events.
- Caltrans' Winter Preparedness: Winter is Coming (.pdf)
- Transportation Management and Emergency Operation Centers: In case of a major emergency, Caltrans districts would activate and staff Centers to provide adequate supplies, such as generator fuel and long storage food, and information to the media and public.
- The Caltrans Auxiliary Radio System (CARS): In case of a major emergency, the purpose of the CARS network is to support Caltrans’ emergency plans and to provide support and emergency communications, particularly during times of catastrophic emergencies when normal communication systems are damaged, disrupted or overloaded.
- California Conservation Corps (CCC) -- Flood and Winter Storm Preparedness: The CCC has been fighting floods since the Corps was created in 1976, with corps members being dispatched to nearly every major flood since the Corps’ inception.
- Department of Conservation – California Geological Survey (.pdf): The California Geological Survey (CGS) provides geologic analysis, input and advice regarding post-fire debris flows and related hazards when requested by the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (CalOES) and the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CalFIRE).
- Emergency Tank Storage Registration: The California Department of Fish and Wildlife, in collaboration with the State Water Resources Control Board, has developed an expedited process for applying conditions to Small Domestic Use registrations for diversions that meet certain criteria. Registrations that meet these criteria are known as Emergency Tank Storage Registrations.
- California Department of Water Resources (DWR): 2014 Flood Management Activity Highlights (.pdf)
- DWR 2013 FloodSAFE California Annual Report (.pdf)
State’s Work on Climate Change Impacts
- Governor’s Executive Order B-30-15 (April 2015): Calls for state agencies to incorporate climate adaptation into planning and investment decisions, following guiding principles such as protecting vulnerable populations and prioritizing natural infrastructure.
- 2009 Climate Adaptation Strategy (.pdf) and the 2014 Safeguarding California Plan
- California Building Resilience against Climate Effects (CalBRACE): California Building Resilience against Climate Effects: The goals of the CalBRACE project are to enhance the California Department of Public Health’s (CDPH) capability to plan for and reduce health risks associated with climate change, including flooding from sea-level rise.
- California’s Fourth Climate Assessment: The first state inter-agency effort to implement a substantial portion of the Climate Change Research Plan, which articulates near-term climate change research for the state to stay on track to meet its climate goals and includes many projects related to storms and sea-level rise.
- California Department of Public Health (CDPH): Climate Change and Public Safety: CDPH and other state agencies on the multi-agency Climate Action Team (CAT) are conducting research and developing strategies to reduce carbon emissions (mitigation) and prepare for (or adapt to) the challenges brought by climate change.
The State's Work on Sea-Level Rise
- Ocean Protection Council: The State of California Sea-level Rise Guidance Document (2013): Provides science-based recommendations on assessing sea-level rise, emphasizing the importance of addressing storm impacts. The current version is based on findings of a project funded by multiple state and federal agencies, led by the National Research Council, Sea-Level Rise for the Coasts of California, Oregon, and Washington. Ocean Protection Council Resolution on Sea-level Rise (March 2011, .pdf)
- California Coastal Commission: Adopted Sea Level Rise Policy Guidance provides recommended methodology for addressing sea level rise in Coastal Commission planning and regulatory actions.
- Caltrans: Guidance on Incorporating Sea Level Rise for use in the planning and development of Project Initiation Documents (.pdf): Details how sea level rise will have impacts on all modes of transportation located near the coast.
- The Coastal and Ocean Working Group of the Climate Action Team (CO-CAT): A collaboration of twenty state agencies working on resiliency to coastal storms, erosion and sea-level rise.
- The California Coastal Sediment Management Workgroup (CSMW): A collaborative taskforce consisting of federal, state, and local agencies and non-governmental organizations working to address coastal sediment (e.g., sand) management problems in California through the development of a State Sediment Master Plan (SMP) and the implementation of regional sediment management.
Sea-level Rise Projects in the Bay Area
- The San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission: San Francisco Bay Plan (.pdf): Adopted sea-level rise policies.
- Adapting to Rising Tides Project: Provides guidance, tools and information for adaptation planning.
- Coastal Conservancy: South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project: A 15,000-acre wetlands restoration project that will build multi-benefit flood protection for Silicon Valley to study and support cost-effective green infrastructure to reduce flood risk and stormwater runoff and maximize co-benefits.
- San Francisco Baylands Ecosystem Habitat Goals Science Update: Describes the many services that wetlands provide, including flood management, and provides recommendations for restoring and maintaining the Bay’s wetlands.
Sea-Level Pilot Programs for Resilience
- California Collaborative on Coastal Resilience/Humboldt Pilot Project (.pdf): An approach for how state agencies can collaborate effectively and efficiently to support coastal communities in becoming resilient with respect to sea level rise, through a targeted pilot project in Humboldt County.
- Sea-level Rise, Coastal Flooding and State Work on Implementation of the National Flood Insurance Program: The California Department of Water Resources, in coordination with the Ocean Science Trust (OST) and Scripps Institution of Oceanography, is currently working on a California-focused pilot project to provide information that local communities and agencies could use for in compliance with California sea-level rise and coastal flooding policies and National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) directives.
Climate and Resilience Grant Programs
- Funding for Local Resilience Projects from the Coastal Commission and the Ocean Protection Council: Granted $4.5 million to local governments to assess vulnerability to sea-level rise, storms and erosion and update Local Coastal Programs.
- Coastal Conservancy’s Climate Ready Grant Program: Awarded almost $2 million in its third round of a competitive grant round, with over $17 million in funding requested.
- California Department of Fish and Wildlife: Wetland Restoration for Greenhouse Gas Reduction Grant Program: Supporting a number of projects to restore or enhance wetlands and salt marshes.
- Flood Emergency Response Projects Grants Program: The California Department of Water Resources has numerous active grant programs. Summaries and links to the various programs are available on the Department’s website.