Goal CR-1

Goal CR-1:

The City proactively advances community resilience and is prepared for all hazards, including climate disruption.


To increase preparedness and resilience to respond to and recover from the shocks or stresses that impact South San Francisco through regional, countywide, and cross jurisdictional collaboration and proactive planning and assessment. To adopt the Local Hazard Mitigation Plan by reference, consistent with California Assembly Bill 2140.

Policy CR-1.1: Prioritize the needs of vulnerable populations.

Prioritize the needs of disadvantaged communities affected disproportionately by hazards and disasters. Engage disadvantaged communities in identifying potential hazards and program responses and priorities through the Community Emergency Response Team and promotores programs.

Policy CR-1.2: Participate in regional hazard planning initiatives.

Participate in collaborative hazard planning and preparedness work.

  • Action CR-1.2.1: Continue funding regional sea level rise and flood protection agency.

    Continue to fund and contribute to the San Mateo County Flood and Sea Level Rise Resiliency District.

  • Action CR-1.2.2. Coordinate utility redundancy.

    Continue to work with regional water and energy agencies to ensure redundant water and energy supplies in case of an emergency.

Policy CR-1.3: Mainstream municipal climate preparedness planning and assessment.

Implement climate preparedness planning across City departments, programs, and operations.

  • Action CR-1.3.1: Participate in the countywide Hazard Mitigation Plan.

    Actively participate in the San Mateo County Hazard Mitigation Plan maintenance protocols and County-wide initiatives. Adopt the Hazard Mitigation Plan by reference upon update. Update emergency operations plans and protocols to account for regularly updated hazard information.

  • Action CR-1.3.2: Conduct municipal building and facility sea level rise studies.

    Conduct site-specific vulnerability assessments of municipal buildings and facilities at risk to sea level rise and flooding, including the Water Quality Control Plant and Oyster Point Marina.

  • Action CR-1.3.3: Require multi-hazard real estate disclosure.

    Enact an ordinance to require real estate disclosures of all hazards identified in the Hazard Mitigation Plan, including hazards associated with anticipatory sea level rise and flooding, geologic hazards, groundwater inundation, or wildfire for commercial and residential properties, including ownership and rental.

Policy CR-1.4: Develop and maintain resilient infrastructure standards.

Periodically adjust infrastructure design standards to address asset-specific vulnerabilities associated with the hazards.

Policy CR-1.5: Require capital projects in high hazard areas to adhere to risk assessment guidance.

As part of the capital planning and budgeting process, require all projects located within high hazard areas and sea level rise inundation zones to adhere to risk assessment guidance and identify appropriate resilience strategies.

Policy CR-1.6: Continually strengthen emergency management and operations.

Continually strengthen emergency management capacity and coordination with the San Mateo County Emergency Operations Center.

  • Action CR-1.6.1: Develop a resiliency hub program.

    Develop a resiliency hub program to help community members with disaster planning assistance and supplies.

  • Action CR-1.6.2: Upgrade the Emergency Operations Center.

    Add second floor to the City’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) and a warehouse to store supplies to support the city in the event of a disaster. Ensure the EOC has the necessary capabilities and can continue operations after all future hazards.

  • Action CR-1.6.3: Establish a resilience education program.

    Establish a community resilience education program in collaboration with San Mateo County and local community partners. Work with the Community Emergency Response Team and promotores programs to disseminate the information.

  • Action CR-1.6.4: Identify locations for post-disaster emergency housing.

    Identify locations for emergency housing, siting locations in areas with lower hazard risk.

  • Action CR-1.6.5: Maintain evaluation route plans.

    Maintain and communicate evacuation route plans for businesses and residents.

Policy CR-1.7: Expand Community Emergency Response Team.

Continue expanding the reach of the Community Emergency Response Team program to strengthen community cohesion and emergency preparedness through community engagement efforts.

Action CR-1.7.1: Foster Community Emergency Response Team – Promotores collaboration.

Work closely with the promotores program to deepen and expand relationships and partnerships with community members and organizations that serve diverse South San Francisco community members including those who do not speak English as their first language, the Latinx, and faith-based communities. Collaboration can serve to identify needs and solutions and communicate on programs.

  • Action CR-1.7.2: Increase Community Emergency Response Team outreach in community.

    Target outreach for South San Francisco CERT offerings in specific South San Francisco neighborhoods, such as Downtown.

  • Action CR-1.7.3: Expand Community Emergency Response Team outreach at the library.

    Partner with library to ensure that key populations have access to information about Community Emergency Response Team and other South San Francisco programs and resources.

Policy CR-1.8: Enhance post-disaster recovery planning.

Ensure the city is ready for post-disaster recovery through proactive planning.

  • Action CR-1.8.1: Prepare a post-disaster recovery plan.

    Create a post-disaster recovery framework that establishes post-disaster policies and programs designating when, where, and how rebuilding will occur.

  • Action CR-1.8.2: Adopt post-disaster repair standards for existing buildings.

    Develop and adopt special repair and upgrade standards for existing buildings, in the case of post-disaster reconstruction and/or conversion to mixed use or more compact residential use.

Policy CR-1.9: Assess needs and resources for future pandemic response.

Regularly assess needs and identify resources to prepare for pandemic response.