Infrastructure improvement projects designed to protect communities from future disasters
SACRAMENTO — As part of the state’s ongoing effort to increase community resilience in areas of the state that are more prone to natural disasters, the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) today announced the first round of Prepare California honorees Match program announced with over $15 million in government funding.
“This innovative, proactive funding opportunity opens the door for the most vulnerable communities to receive federal funds aimed at improving local infrastructure,” said Ryan Buras, associate director of Cal OES Recovery Operations. “These projects will save lives and property at no cost to the community.”
For this first round of grants, Cal OES awarded over $15 million in state funding to 15 applicants under the “Match” portion of the Prepare California program, which allocates a total of $85 million in state funding to eligible communities and projects, who are applying for federal hazard mitigation assistance grants.
Prepare California “Match” frees up federal funds to meet the required local Match portion (non-state cost portion) of these grants, which aim to support high-risk, vulnerable communities. As part of the “Match” program, the federal government covers 90 percent of the project costs, while the state contributes the remaining 10 percent of the financing.
The recipients of the first round of Prepare California’s Match funding range from cities and counties to tribal governments statewide.
Examples of projects receiving Match funding from Prepare California:
- Hoopa Valley Tribe, Humboldt County (Wildfire): Address wildfire protection through a two-pronged approach: create defensible space around 890 tribal housing parcels and reduce hazardous fuels to approximately 573 additional acres.
- Dinuba City, Tulare County (Flooding): Modification of the city’s existing stormwater system infrastructure to increase stormwater retention, pumping and groundwater infiltration capacity through the use of nature-based solutions.
- Nevada County (wildfires): Reduce hazardous fuels on an estimated 800 acres of private land in the South Yuba Rim.
- East Valley Water District, San Bernardino County (earthquake): Conducted seismic upgrades on seven drinking water tanks in the same pressure zone, accounting for almost half of the drinking water for the district.
- Lassen Municipal Utility District, Lassen County (Wildfire): Reduce fire damage to critical infrastructure and minimize the need for public safety power shutdowns by removing an additional 20 feet of vegetation under two transmission lines totaling 48 miles on either side of Highway 36 between Susanville and Westwood. Fire-damaged utility poles will also be replaced with fireproof/non-combustible steel poles.
- City of Watsonville, Santa Cruz (flood, earthquake, heat): Increase the resilience of critical water treatment infrastructure to flooding and earthquakes by relocating critical parts of the facility outside of the flood zone and constructing the facility to modern seismic building codes. Install a green roof on the new facility to absorb precipitation and protect the facility from heat events.
The state identified these disaster-prone communities by prioritizing California census areas based on their estimated hazard exposure and social vulnerability. Hazard exposure is based on the state’s hazard mitigation plan, which includes an analysis of multiple data sets on wildfires, floods, earthquakes, drought and heat waves. Social vulnerability is based on the CDC Social Vulnerability Index.
For more information on the Prepare California Match program, click here.
Cal OES will be announcing additional honorees for the Prepare California Match program in the coming months. Additionally, Cal OES is currently offering match funds to eligible communities applying for FEMA 2022 Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) and Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) grants.
Complete list of statewide projects receiving Match funding from Prepare California:
|applicant||district||Danger||project description||project costs|
|City of Watsonville||Santa Cruz||Multi hazard||Install infrastructure improvement measures and nature-based solutions to protect a critical wastewater treatment facility from earthquakes, flooding, and extreme heat hazards.||$16,912,774|
|Hoopa Valley tribe||Humboldt||wildfire||Create defensible space around 890 tribal housing parcels and reduce hazardous fuels to approximately 573 additional acres.||$7,079,817|
|City of Dinuba||Tulare||flood||Modification of the city’s existing stormwater system infrastructure to increase stormwater retention, pumping and groundwater infiltration capacity through the use of nature-based solutions.||$3,000,000|
|Fire Protection District of Northern Sonoma County||sonoma||wildfire||Reduce hazardous fuels along 43 streets serving as evacuation routes and create defensible space around 610 buildings along those streets.||$7,462,800|
|Yolo County||Yolo||flood||Reinforce the levee system along the Sacramento River to protect Knights Landing residents from possible flooding.||$37,028,168|
|City of Escondido||San Diego||flood||Improve drainage capacity and green stormwater infrastructure to protect over 600 homes and other businesses from flooding.||$34,690,116|
|City of Oakland||alameda||earthquake||Complete seismic retrofit of 76 soft floor residential buildings and 866 units. The proposed upgrades will convert “pre-code” collapsible soft story buildings to a medium to high code classification.||$13,169,520|
|City of Prohibition||River bank||wildfire||Minimize the risk of wildfires by conducting utility hardening activities that include replacing 75 poles with new poles treated with fire retardant and installing fire retardant coating on new poles.||$2,189,128|
|East Valley Water District||San Bernardino||earthquake||Conducted seismic upgrades on seven drinking water tanks in the same pressure zone, accounting for almost half of the drinking water for the district.||$6,222,311|
|San Bernardino Flood Control District||San Bernardino||flood||Complete drainage improvements to reduce winter storms, runoff and flash flooding along Devil’s Creek by widening the earth channel with 8ft high reinforced concrete.||$8,900,000|
|City supply district Lassen||To let||wildfire||Reduce fire damage to critical infrastructure and minimize the need for public safety power shutdowns by removing an additional 20 feet of vegetation under two transmission lines totaling 48 miles on either side of Highway 36 between Susanville and Westwood. Fire-damaged utility poles will also be replaced with fireproof/non-combustible steel poles.||$13,465,078|
|Nevada County||Nevada||wildfire||Reduce hazardous fuels on an estimated 800 acres of private land in the South Yuba Rim.||$4,240,838|
|City of Yucca Valley||San Bernardino||Multi hazard||The City of Yucca Valley will update its multi-jurisdictional hazard mitigation plan; The current plan expires on 5/2/23.||$45,000|
|City of Maywood||los Angeles||Multi hazard||The City of Maywood will develop a new plan to mitigate hazards in a single, multi-hazard jurisdiction; The city currently has no plan.||$121,890|
|City of Lindsay||Tulare||Multi hazard||The City of Lindsay is being funded under the 5% Initiative as an incremental project to add seven backup generators as safety elements for critical community services at their sewage treatment plant, Sequoia lift station, Hickory lift station, two drinking water wells, 911/fire/police/emergency medicine in their building for public safety and the functioning of the emergency response center in the town hall.||$1,170,300|