Disaster Preparedness

There are many different kinds of disasters that could strike the City of Emeryville from earthquakes, fires, train derailments to tsunamis, chemical leaks and airplane crashes just to name a few. Here at City Hall, we have been working hard to make sure that the City is prepared for when such a disaster strikes.

When the City experiences an emergency situation, an Emergency Operations Center (EOC) may be opened. The City’s EOC is located at Fire Station #35 on Hollis Street. The EOC is staffed by City personnel who will have the responsibility to plan and coordinate all response and recovery operations utilizing the Incident Command System (ICS).

The City has an Emergency Operations Plan for such emergencies. Do you? In the event of a large scale disaster, city services will be overwhelmed. You and your family may have to wait 72 hours or more for assistance to arrive. Brochures on how you can prepare yourself and your family for when a disaster strikes can be found in the lobby and Business License desk area of City Hall. Additional information can also be found on the Alameda County’s Website for Disaster Preparedness.

Local Hazards Community Survey

The City of Emeryville is in the process of updating its Local Hazard Mitigation Plan (LHMP). The purpose of the update and the LHMP is to 1) be compliant with FEMA requirements and 2) to identify the City’s natural, environmental and man-made hazards and develop a risk assessment and mitigation plan for those hazards. This plan will result in better emergency management during an event as well as identify projects that could potentially reduce risks in the community. With a plan in place, we can prioritize projects and the City will continue to be eligible to obtain FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grant Funds if a disaster is declared.

The first update planning meeting will be held in June. If you are interested in being part of the planning team, please send an email to LHMP@emeryville.org. mailto:LHMP@emeryville.org

A copy of the City’s 2009 Local Hazard Plan can be found here.