2016 Bay Area Earthquake Plan
To receive permission to view a FOUO version of the plan, please go to: http://www.caloes.ca.gov/For-Governments-Tribal/Plan-Prepare/Catastrophic-Planning.
The 2016 Bay Area Earthquake Plan is an update to the San Francisco Bay Area Earthquake Readiness Response: Concept of Operations Plan dated September 23, 2008. Key improvements include the provision of a multi-modal transportation concept, specifically, air, land and marine. The Bay Area Earthquake Plan sets goals, strategies and outcomes to be executed by Federal and state organizations; and it is designed to mitigate the threat posed by large earthquakes in the 16 county Bay Area region, which would result in significant damage to transportation, water, power, fuel and other essential life sustaining systems. The threat has been analyzed based on Hayward and San Andreas Fault rupture modeling and systems analysis provided by the California Geological Survey and the U.S. Geological Survey. These faults are considered to have the highest probabilities of causing a significant seismic event in the Bay Area.
The mission outlined in the plan is to save and sustain human life; minimize suffering; stabilize and restore critical infrastructure; and facilitate recovery following a severe Bay Area earthquake.
This plan, which exists to support local governments, will be made operational during real world events. It is organized in three phases: Pre-Incident, Response and Recovery. Each annex describes specific actions and correlating outcomes.
Keys to execution of the Bay Area Earthquake Plan include the formation of a Unified Coordination Group (UCG) and the successful execution of strategies as identified in the Plan. Successful execution requires decisions and actions of multiple organizational leaders to:
Deploy personnel through deployment orders and mission assignments, contracts, or memorandums of agreement.
Form personnel into organizations and task forces directed by the Operations Section of the Unified Coordination Group.
Develop an access strategy and a temporary supply chain.
Conduct movement transportation coordination.
Coordinate and direct the actions of stakeholders.
Though comprehensive, this plan is not a substitute for the need for sustained, ongoing preparedness within each participating organization. It is important for all emergency managers to share in this responsibility to ensure a robust response and recovery to a severe earthquake in the Bay Area through:
Capability development – developing capabilities within your organization to execute the plan.
Planning – conducting planning within your own organization to carry out actions that support execution.
Training – develop and conduct training that increases readiness to take action.
Mitigation– identify hazards associated with a Bay Area earthquake and identify strategies and activities to reduce losses from those hazards.
The release of this plan memorializes the hard work that produced its contents; however, it is just a beginning and intended to serve as a foundation for capability building within all disciplines and at all levels. When the earthquake occurs, our success -- and the fulfillment of our responsibilities in support of our fellow citizens --will be predicated on an ability to come together as a team of informed, trained, ready and responsive emergency managers.
This session will allow Santa Clara County Operational Area the opportunity to begin socializing and exercising the plan.