03. FAQ

Why is the plan necessary?

Our communities in the City and County of San Francisco face various health, social, and economic risks from the threats of natural hazards and climate change. The plan is also being completed in partial fulfillment of the requirements set forth in various legislative and statutory policies: FEMA, SB 379, and the General Plan.

Is this our first plan addressing these issues?

No, the Hazards and Climate Resilience Plan is serving as the 2019 update to the 2014 Hazard Mitigation Plan (HMP) and will underpin the City’s next Climate Action Strategy and General Plan Community Safety Element update.

What is the Hazard Mitigation Plan of 2014?

We are building on the 2014 HMP and making some important updates, including the incorporation of climate change vulnerability analysis and near-, mid- and longer-range resilience actions. San Francisco’s most recent HMP was approved in 2014 and can be found in full online here.

What is the City and County of San Francisco already doing to address climate resilience?

Here are some examples of things that numerous departments are doing to create a more resilient city:

  • Strengthening the Embarcadero Seawall for seismic and flooding risks, and sea level rise caused by climate change
  • Partnering with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and CalTrans on a study to better understand flood risk along 7.5 miles of the Eastern shoreline
  • Assessing citywide public infrastructure vulnerability to sea level rise and flooding, and potential consequences for people, the economy, and the environment
  • Developing strategies for addressing flooding around Islais Creek, which experiences combined coastal and overland flooding today
  • Implementing anti-erosion projects to protect critical infrastructure at Ocean Beach
  • Requiring new waterfront developments to build sea level rise adaptation into their plans and help fund adaptation efforts
  • The Department of Public Health and the Department of Emergency Management are working to operationalize the objectives of Executive Directive 18-04: Improving San Francisco’s Response to Future Air Quality Incidents. Actions include the revision of the air quality emergency response plan, the identification of public respite facilities, development of regional multilingual messaging recommendations, and a plan for the deployment of mutual aid
  • Providing services, information, and research through the Department of Public Health’s Climate and Health Program

What is the planning process’s timeline?

Because there is a federal deadline, the timeline for this project is more condensed than other city processes. City staff have been conducting background research and analysis in the Spring of 2019. Between June and November 2019, the project team will be concurrently drafting HCR Plan strategies and engaging community stakeholders. The planning team will incorporate stakeholder contributions into revisions of the plan and continue to collaborate with stakeholders and community members on future revisions. The final approvals process both at the municipal and federal levels will occur between December 2019 and March 2020.