Section 4: Multi-Hazard Goals & Action Items

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This section provides information on the process used to develop goals and action items that pertain to the five natural hazards addressed in the mitigation plan. It also describes the framework that focuses the plan on developing successful mitigation strategies. The framework is made up of three parts: the Mission, Goals, and Action Items.

Mission

The mission of the City of West Covina Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan is to promote sound public policy designed to protect life, property, and the environment from natural hazards. This will be achieved by increasing public awareness, documenting the resources for risk reduction and loss-prevention, and identifying goals to guide the City towards building a safe and sustainable Community.

Goals

The Plan's goals describe the overall direction that City of West Covina agencies, organizations, and citizens can take to minimize the impacts of natural hazards. The goals are stepping-stones between the broad direction of the mission statement and the specific recommendations that are outlined in the action items.

Action Items

The action items are a listing of activities in which City agencies and citizens can be engaged to reduce risk. Each action item includes an estimate of the time line for implementation. Short-term action items are activities that City agencies may implement with existing resources and authorities within one-to-two years. Long-term action items may require new or additional resources or authorities, and may take between two and five years (or more) to implement.

Mitigation Plan Goals and Public Participation

The Plan goals help to guide direction of future activities aimed at reducing risk and preventing loss from natural hazards. The goals listed here serve as checkpoints as agencies and organizations begin implementing mitigation action items.

Protect Life and Property

Implement activities that assist in protecting lives by making homes, businesses, infrastructure, critical facilities, and other property more resistant to natural hazards.

Reduce losses and repetitive damages for chronic hazard events while promoting insurance coverage for catastrophic hazards.

Improve hazard assessment information to make recommendations for discouraging new development and encouraging preventative measures for existing development in areas vulnerable to natural hazards.

Public Awareness

Develop and implement education and outreach programs to increase public awareness of the risks associated with natural hazards.

Provide information on tools, partnership opportunities, and funding resources to assist in implementing mitigation activities.

Natural Systems

Balance watershed planning, natural resource management, and land use planning with natural hazard mitigation to protect life, property, and the environment.

Preserve, rehabilitate, and enhance natural systems to serve natural hazard mitigation functions.

Partnerships and Implementation

Strengthen communication and coordinate participation among and within public agencies, citizens, non-profit organizations, business, and industry to gain a vested interest in implementation.

Encourage leadership within public and private sector organizations to prioritize and implement local, county, and regional hazard mitigation activities.

Emergency Services

Establish policy to ensure mitigation projects for critical facilities, services, and infrastructure.

Strengthen emergency operations by increasing collaboration and coordination among public agencies, non-profit organizations, business, and industry.

Coordinate and integrate natural hazard mitigation activities, where appropriate, with emergency operations plans and procedures.

Public Participation

Public input during development of the mitigation plan assisted in creating plan goals. Meetings with the project steering committee, stakeholder interviews, and a public workshop served as methods to obtain input and identify priorities in developing goals for reducing risk and preventing loss from natural hazards in the City of West Covina
On July 21, 2004, the first public workshop was held to gather ideas from City of West Covina residents regarding the goals for the City of West Covina Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan. The citizen meeting was opened with a powerpoint presentation describing what the Plan is to accomplish and what the hazards are that face the City of West Covina. Steering Committee members fielded questions from the audience. The attendees identified goals for the plan by examining the issues and concerns that they have had regarding natural hazards, and further discussed potential action items for the Plan. Three citizens were in attendance, one from the general public, and two steering committee members who happened to also be residents.

The second public workshop was held August 26, 2004 to review mitigation plan action items and provide the participants with a chance to comment on the final plan recommendations. The meeting was again opened with a powerpoint presentation followed by a question and answer period. Four members of Community attended this workshop.

Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan Action Items

The mitigation plan identifies short and long-term action items developed through data collection, research, and the public participation process. Mitigation plan activities may be considered for funding through Federal and State grant programs, and when other funds are made available through the City. Action items address multi-hazard (MH) and hazard specific issues. To help ensure activity implementation, each action item includes information on the timeline and coordinating organizations. Upon implementation, the coordinating organizations may look to partner organizations for resources and technical assistance. A description of the partner organizations is provided in Appendix B, the resource directory of this plan.

Coordinating Organization

The coordinating organization is the organization that is willing and able to organize resources, find appropriate funding, or oversee activity implementation, monitoring, and evaluation. Coordinating organizations may include local, city, or regional agencies that are capable of or responsible for implementing activities and programs.

Timeline

Action items include both short and long-term activities. Each action item includes an estimate of the timeline for implementation. Short-term action items are activities that City agencies may' implement with existing resources and authorities within one-to-two years. Long-term action items may require new or additional resources or authorities, and may take between one and five years (or more) to implement.

Ideas for Implementation

Each action item includes ideas for implementation and potential resources, which may include grant programs or human resources.

Plan Goals Addressed

The plan goals addressed by each action item are included as a way to monitor and evaluate how well the mitigation plan is achieving its goals once implementation begins.

Constraints

Constraints may apply to some of the action items. These constraints may be a lack of City staff, lack of funds, or vested property rights which might expose the City to legal action as a result of adverse impacts on private property.

Project Evaluation Worksheets:

Each jurisdiction will have some limitations on the number and cost of mitigation activities that can be completed within a given period of time. There are likely to be multiple ideas to mitigate the effects of a given hazard. Therefore it will be necessary for the committee to select the most cost effective mitigation projects and to further prioritize them. To assist the committee in the Benefit Cost Analysis (BCA) a Project Evaluation Worksheet is included at the end of Section 4. The data on these worksheets will help the committee determine the most cost effective mitigation solutions for the community. Some projects may need more detailed BCA, but this worksheet will provide a first screening methodology.

Multi-Hazard Action Items

Multi-hazard action items are those activities that pertain to two or more of the five hazards in the mitigation plan: flood, landslide, wildfire, windstorm, and earthquake. There are eight short-term and six long-term multi-hazard action items described below.


SHORT TERM ACTIVITY - MULTI HAZARD # l: Integrate the goals and action items from the City of West Covina Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan into existing regulatory documents and programs, where appropriate.

Ideas for Implementation:
  • Use the mitigation plan to help the City's General Plan institutionalize guidelines for sustainable development in all new construction and development projects according to the hazards that impact the City of West Covina.
  • Integrate the City's Mitigation Plan into current Capital Improvement Plans to ensure that development does not encroach on known hazard areas.
  • Partner with other organizations and agencies with similar goals to promote Building & Safety Codes that are more disaster resistant at the state level.
Coordinating Organization: Hazard Mitigation Advisory Committee
Time line: Ongoing
Plan Goals Addressed: Partnerships and Implementation
Constraints:Cooperative agreements with outside organizations


SHORT TERM ACTIVITY - MULTI HAZARD #2: Identify and pursue funding opportunities to develop and implement local and city mitigation activities.

Ideas for Implementation:
  • Develop incentives for local governments, citizens, and businesses to pursue hazard mitigation projects.
  • Allocate city resources and assistance to mitigation projects when possible.
  • Partner with other organizations and agencies in City of West Covina to identify grant programs and foundations that may support mitigation activities.
Coordinating Organization: Planning Department
Time line: Ongoing
Plan Goals Addressed: Partnerships and Implementation
Constraints: Increased staff time researching and filing grants.

SHORT TERM ACTIVITY - MULTI HAZARD
 #3: Establish a formal role for the City of West Covina Natural Hazards Mitigation Committee to develop a sustainable process for implementing, monitoring, and evaluating citywide mitigation activities.

Ideas for Implementation:
  • Establish clear roles for participants, meeting regularly to pursue and evaluate implementation of mitigation strategies.
  • Oversee implementation of the mitigation plan.
  • Establish measurable standards to evaluate mitigation policies and programs and provide a mechanism to update and revise the mitigation plan.
  • Monitor hazard mitigation implementation by jurisdictions and participating organizations through surveys and other reporting methods.
  • Develop updates for the Natural Hazards Mitigation Action Plan based on new information.
  • Conduct a full review of the Natural Hazards Mitigation Action Plan every 5 years by evaluating mitigation successes, failures, and areas that were not addressed.
  • Provide training for Committee members to remain current on developing issues in the natural hazard loss reduction field.
Coordinating Organization: Hazard Mitigation Advisory Committee
Time line: Ongoing
Plan Goals Addressed: Partnerships and Implementation
Constraints: Increased staff time coordinating and updating the Plan.

SHORT TERM ACTIVITY - MULTI HAZARD
 #4: Facilitate traffic movement through and around the City of West Covina during times of Disaster.

Ideas for Implementation:
  • Complete the installation of uninterruptible power supply (UPS) for all city maintained traffic signals. The UPS system will improve the safety of the signal controlled intersections in the event of power failure by providing up to six hours of "all red" flashing operations.
  • Work with Caltrans on issues dealing with traffic movement on State controlled thoroughfares.
  • Fabricate two portable steel bridges for Walnut Creek. In the event of a major earthquake or other event causing existing bridges to be unsafe. Bridges to be stored at CityYard and Ridge Riders site, where they could be set in place by a City crane. Once in place, residents, staff, and emergency personnel could cross the wash at two locations in the city.
  • Repair bridges citywide. Based on County of Los Angeles inspection of City owned bridges, remedial and major work is required to improve their condition.
  • Upgrade of Holt/Grand bridge to current hazard mitigation requirements.
  • Develop a process to encourage private property owners to upgrade their bridges to support the weight of fire trucks and emergency vehicles.
Coordinating Organization: Planning Department and Public Works
Time line: Ongoing
Plan Goals Addressed: Partnerships and Implementation
Protect Life and Property
Constraints: Capital improvement expenditures.

SHORT TERM ACTIVITY - MULTI HAZARD
 #5: Identify, improve, and sustain collaborative programs focusing on the real estate and insurance industries, public and private sector organizations, and individuals to avoid activity that increases risk to natural hazards.

Ideas for Implementation:
  • Distribute information about flood, fire, earthquake, and other forms of natural hazards insurance to property owners in areas identified to be at risk through hazard mapping.
  • Develop a one-page handout on types of insurance and deliver through city utility or service agencies.
  • Educate individuals and businesses on the benefit of engaging in mitigation activities such as developing impact analyses.
  • Pinpoint areas of high risk and transfer the cost of risk to property owners through insurance.
  • Encourage the development of unifying organizations to ensure communication and dissemination of natural hazard mitigation information.
Multi Hazard Action Items
Identify activities for private sector and citizen involvement such as nonstructural seismic daycare retrofits.
Coordinating Organization: City Planning Department
Time line: Ongoing
Plan Goals Addressed: Protect Life and Property, Public Awareness, Partnerships and Implementation
Constraints: Develop meaningful education materials
Costs of development, printing, and distribution of education materials

SHORT TERM ACTIVITY - MULTI HAZARD
 #6: Develop public and private partnerships to foster natural hazard mitigation program coordination and collaboration in City of West Covina.

Ideas for Implementation:
  • Work with city governments to develop local Natural Hazards Mitigation Plans that are consistent with the goals and framework of the City Plan.
  • Identify all organizations within City of West Covina that have programs or interests in natural hazards mitigation.
  • Involve private businesses throughout the city in mitigation planning.
  • Improve communication between Caltrans and city road departments, and work together to prioritize and identify strategies to deal with road problems.
  • Establish protocol for communication electric providers and the Department of Transportation and Development to assure rapid restoration of transportation capabilities.
Coordinating Organization: City Planning Department
Time line: Ongoing
Plan Goals Addressed: Partnerships and Implementation
Constraints: Continued cooperation and communications with outside organizations

SHORT TERM ACTIVITY - MULTI HAZARD
 #7: Use technical knowledge of natural ecosystems and events to link natural resource management and land use organizations to mitigation activities and technical assistance.

Ideas for Implementation:
  • Review ordinances that protect natural systems and resources to mitigate for natural hazards for possible enhancements.
  • Pursue vegetation and restoration practices that assist in enhancing and restoring the natural and beneficial functions of the watershed.
  • Develop education and outreach programs that focus on protecting natural systems as a mitigation activity.
Coordinating Organization: City Planning Department
Time line: Ongoing
Plan Goals Addressed: Natural Systems
Constraints: Staff time researching and implementing objectives.

SHORT TERM ACTIVITY - MULTI HAZARD
 #8: Develop inventories of at-risk buildings and infrastructure and prioritize mitigation projects.

Ideas for Implementation:
  • Identify critical facilities at risk from natural hazards events.
  • Develop strategies to mitigate risk to these facilities, or to utilize alternative facilities should natural hazards events cause damages to the facilities in question.
  • Incorporate the building inventory developed by the Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (Dec. 2002) into the hazard assessment.
  • Identify bridges at risk from flood or earthquake hazards, identify enhancements, and implement projects needed to reduce the risks.
Coordinating Organization: City Planning Department
Time line: 1-2 Years
Plan Goals Addressed: Protect Life and Property, Partnerships and Implementation
Constraints: Information sharing on critical facilities during a period of heightened security awareness.

LONG TERM ACTIVITY - MULTI HAZARD
 #l: Strengthen emergency services preparedness and response by linking emergency services with natural hazard mitigation programs, and enhancing public education on a regional scale.

Ideas for Implementation:
  • Educate private property owners on limitations of bridges and dangers associated with them.
  • Upgrade City of West Covina Emergency Response Plan to incorporate National Incident Management System (NIMS).
  • Encourage individual and family preparedness through public education projects such as safety fairs.
  • Obtain Emergency Operation Plans for City of West Covina businesses, including the BKK Landfill Emergency Response Plan.
  • Identify opportunities for partnering with citizens, private contractors, and other jurisdictions to increase availability of equipment and manpower for efficiency of response efforts.
  • Work with Community groups to expand Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training.
  • Familiarize public officials of requirements regarding public assistance for disaster response.

Coordinating Organization: City Planning Department
Time line: Ongoing
Plan Goals Addressed: Emergency Services
Constraints: Funding and development of training programs.


LONG TERM ACTIVITY - MULTI HAZARD-MH #2: Mitigate loss of Public Safety (Police, Fire, and Emergency Medical) radio and data communications Network and Communications Control/Dispatching Center from earthquake, high winds, and violent storms.

Ideas for Implementation:
  • Develop a mobile emergency center capable of receiving 9-1-1 calls and including radio control systems to communicate with police, fire, emergency medical and public works. Obtain funding from city resources, federal,and state grant opportunities or public donations.
  • When replacing existing radio transmitters, receivers, voting selectors and microwave components of the radio network, include hot stand-by for each component of the system. Obtain funding from city resources as equipment is replaced.
  • Develop a portable, crank up 45-foot radio tower equipped with antennae and equipment to support current radio network to replace the 200-foot BKK tower should it be toppled or damaged by an earthquake, high winds, storm, or suffer damage from being struck by a flying object. Obtain funding from city resources, state or federal grant opportunities, or public donations. Establish clear roles for participants, meeting regularly to pursue and evaluate implementation of mitigation strategies.
Coordinating Organization: Public Safety Departments
Time line: Ongoing
Plan Goals Addressed: Emergency Services
Protect Life and Property
Constraints: Locate funding to move forward with future capital improvements.

LONG TERM ACTIVITY - MULTI HAZARD-MH
 #3: Develop, enhance, and implement education programs aimed at mitigating natural hazards, and reducing the risk to citizens, public agencies, private property owners, businesses, and schools.

Ideas for Implementation:

Multi-hazard Action Items
  • Make the City of West Covina Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan available to the public by publishing the plan electronically on the City and emergency management websites.
  • Develop and complete a baseline survey to gather perceptions of private citizens and the business community regarding natural hazard risks and identify mitigation needs. Repeat the survey in five years to monitor successes and failures of natural hazard mitigation programs.
  • Develop outreach programs to business organizations that must prepare for flooding events.
  • Develop adult and child educational programs to be used by local radio and cable stations.
  • Education: Develop curriculum for school programs and adult education on reducing risk and preventing loss from natural hazards.
  • Conduct natural hazards awareness programs in schools and community centers.
  • Conduct workshops for public and private sector organizations to raise awareness of mitigation activities and programs.
  • Develop outreach materials for mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery.
Coordinating Organization: Office of Emergency Services
Time line: Ongoing
Plan Goals Addressed: Public Awareness, Protect Life and Property
Constraints: Staffing available for program development.

LONG TERM ACTIVITY - MULTI HAZARD-MH
 # 4 :Work with the public on streamlining the approval process through other agencies (i.e. CEQA, AQMD, Fire Department, etc.) for the reconstruction of commercial structures on private property.

Ideas for Implementation:
  • Develop handouts related to reconstruction of commercial property, including the needed documentation and the various agency requirements.
  • Work with the Planning Commission for faster processing of required entitlements.
  • Conduct a workshop for private property/business owners for reconstruction of damaged properties.
Coordinating Organization: Planning Department
Time line: Ongoing
Plan Goals Addressed: Partnerships and Implementation
Constraints: Staff time for program development

LONG TERM ACTIVITY - MULTI HAZARD
 #5: Provide information to the public for the reconstruction of non-conforming structures in the event of a Natural disaster in compliance with Section 26-186 of the City of West Covina Municipal Code. Additionally provide information in regards to the documents and plans that would be needed to process applications.

Ideas for Implementation:
  • Following a natural disaster hold a community meeting, providing samples and needed information.
  • Develop handouts related to reconstruction of non-conforming structures.
  • Educate the public on types of materials and types of construction that would minimize any future damage.
Coordinating Organization: City Planning Department
Time line: Ongoing
Plan Goals Addressed: Partnerships and Implementation
Constraints: Staff time and program development.

LONG TERM ACTIVITY - MULTI HAZARD
 #6: Reduce loss of life and property from natural hazards such as flooding, high winds, violent storms, and earthquakes.

Ideas forImplementation:
  • Educate the public on proper construction methods so they can ensure local government building inspectors and contractors construct building that are built in accordance with standards to withstand earthquakes. Also encourage property owners to retrofit existing structures that do not meet current standards.
  • Develop and maintain an early warning system for citizens who may be affected by flooding, wind damage, or violent storms early enough to take protective action.
  • Stockpile sandbags, sand, plywood and other emergency supplies so they are readily available to the public for specific threats.
  • Educate the public on what to do and how to mitigate specific damage to their property. Examples of how to board up windows, trimming large trees near homes and buildings, correcting drainage around property.
  • Update sheltering agreements to house displaced citizens.
Coordinating Organization: City Planning Department
Time line: Ongoing
Plan Goals Addressed: Partnerships and Implementation
Public Awareness
Protect Life and Property
Constraints:Coordination with outside agencies.


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