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E2: Emergency Response Planning*

About This Project

This project allows Valley Water to work with local municipalities to clearly identify roles and responsibilities for floodplain management and flood emergency management and increase awareness of the Valley Water's flood response procedures. The project supports countywide emergency response and preparedness activities, develops communication procedures and disseminates web-based flood forecasting information developed under Project C2, Emergency Response Upgrades. Collaborators also develop formal, site-specific flood response procedures or action plans (flood-fighting strategies), and coordinate outreach throughout the county so that the public receives uniform flood warning messages.

This project is comprised of 2 sub-projects that support the Valley Water's ongoing emergency response planning. Refer to Appendix B in the 5-Year Implementation Plan for project descriptions. These sub-projects are:

  • E2.1 Coordination with Local Municipalities on Flood Communication

  • E2.2 Flood-Fighting Action Plans

 

*This project was voter approved as part of the Safe, Clean Water and Natural Flood Protection Program.

Emergency Response Planning
Datapoints
Status
On Target
Location
Countywide
Schedule
Start FY 2014 / Finish FY 2028
Funding
Safe, Clean Water Fund ($3.9 million)
News and UpdatesNews and Updates
Reports and DocumentsReports and Documents
Environmental and Community BenefitsEnvironmental and Community Benefits
History and BackgroundHistory and Background
News & Updates

Key Performance Indicators for the Safe, Clean Water Program

KPI #1: Coordinate with agencies to incorporate Valley Water-endorsed flood emergency procedures into their Emergency Operations Center plans.

E2.1: Coordination with Local Municipalities on Flood Communication 

The draft of the updated San Francisquito Creek (SFC) Emergency Action Plan (EAP) was sent to the City of Palo Alto and the SFC Joint Powers Authority (JPA) in June 2019 for their reference and as an opportunity for them to provide input. Valley Water took input and incorporated suggestions accordingly. The final updated version is targeted for signatures, completion and posting to Valley Water’s website in FY20 Q3.

  • On December 11, 2019, Valley Water Emergency Services and Security (ESS) unit presented and participated in the annual San Francisquito Creek Multi-Agency Coordination meeting and table-top exercise at the City of Palo Alto. Topics covered in the multiple presentations were: PIO roles, agency coordination, Joint Information Centers, and national weather service.
  • On December 09, 2019, Valley Water re-started exercise planning with the City of San Jose in preparation for two scheduled exercises in January 2020 that will test the Joint Emergency Action Plan (JEAP) as required by the JEAP agreement.

  • On December 05, 2019, ESS hosted the Winter Preparedness Workshop at Valley Water. The purpose of the workshop was to discuss the predicted weather forecast for the upcoming winter season, how agencies have prepared for the winter, resources for agencies and the public, and what a coordinated response to emergency situations would look like.  Valley Water and external agencies delivered presentations on the different types of flooding, monitoring/response capabilities, and emergency management coordination.  The workshop was attended by 71 participants, which included representatives from: NASA Ames Moffett Field, Palo Alto OES, Santa Clara County Fire, Santa Clara County Office of Emergency Management, Santa Clara Kaiser, Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety, Town of Los Gatos, Kaiser Santa Clara, Morgan Hill CERT, Milpitas OES, Department of Water Resources, National Weather Service, Morgan Hill OES, Emergency Response Team NASA, American Red Cross, Cupertino OES, CAL Fire, County of Santa Clara Public Health Department, City of San Jose OES, Mt. View Fire, Palo Alto Public Works, and the cities of: Morgan Hill, Mountain View, Palo Alto, San Jose, Santa Clara.

  • The draft of the updated San Francisquito Creek (SFC) Emergency Action Plan (EAP) was sent to the City of Palo Alto and the SFC Joint Powers Authority (JPA) in June 2019 for their reference and as an opportunity for them to provide input. Valley Water took input and incorporated suggestions accordingly. The final updated version is targeted for signatures, completion and posting to Valley Water’s website in FY20 Q3.
  • In Q3 FY19 (January – March 2019), the updated EAPs for West Little Llagas and Uvas Creeks, both public versions (with redactions), were sent to Morgan Hill and the City of Gilroy for use solely as reference during heavy rainstorms or Emergency Operations Center (EOC) activations.

  • During the January and February 2019 rainstorms, Valley Water’s EOC activations included close collaboration with the City of San Jose and adherence to the Joint EAP agreed upon and finalized in 2017 (updated in 2018). The updates, in general, reflect work being accomplished by the City of San Jose in working very close with Valley Water staff.

KPI #2: Complete 5 flood-fighting action plans (1 per major watershed).

E2.2: Flood-Fighting Action Plans 

  • San Tomas Aquino Creek (West Valley Watershed) 
    The development of the San Tomas Aquino flood response plan will begin in FY20 Q3.
  • West Little Llagas Creek Emergency Action Plan (EAP) and Uvas Creek EAP (Uvas/Llagas Watershed)
    The updates for both of these EAPs are currently being accomplished. The completion and posting to Valley Water’s website, for these two EAPs, is targeted for FY20 Q3.

  • San Francisquito Creek EAP (Lower Peninsula watershed) 
    The update for this Valley Water internal document is currently being accomplished. The completion and posting, to Valley Water's website, of this document is targeted for FY20 Q3.

Updated January 2020

For more information:

Reports & Documents

No current documents. 

Environmental & Community Benefits

Key Performance Indicators for the Safe, Clean Water Program

  1. Coordinate with agencies to incorporate Valley Water-endorsed flood emergency procedures into their Emergency Operations Center plans. 

  2. Complete 5 flood-fighting action plans (1 per major watershed). 

Benefits

  • Reduces flood damage

  • Provides effective coordinated response to storm-related emergencies

  • Improves community awareness about flood risks

Geographic Area of Benefit

Countywide 

 

History & Background

About the Safe, Clean Water and Natural Flood Protection Program

In November 2012 the voters of Santa Clara County overwhelmingly approved Measure B, the Safe, Clean Water and Natural Flood Protection Program, as a countywide special parcel tax for 15 years with a sunset date of June 30, 2028. This Program replaced the Clean, Safe Creeks and Natural Flood Protection Plan, which voters approved in November 2000.

The Safe, Clean Water Program was developed with input from more than 16,000 residents and stakeholders and was created to match the community’s needs and values. The voters of Santa Clara County identified five priorities:

Priority A: Ensure a Safe, Reliable Water Supply

Priority B: Reduce Toxins, Hazards and Contaminants in our Waterways

Priority C: Protect our Water Supply from Earthquakes and Natural Disasters

Priority D: Restore Wildlife Habitat and Provide Open Space

Priority E: Provide Flood Protection to Homes, Businesses, Schools and Highways

Other: Six projects from the Clean, Safe, Creeks Plan have been carried forward into the Safe, Clean Water Program.  

Each year, Valley Water prepares a report providing a progress update for each of these Program priorities, along with fiscal year accomplishments.

To ensure transparency and accountability to the voters, the ballot measure also created an Independent Monitoring Committee, appointed by the Santa Clara Valley Water District Board of Directors. The Independent Monitoring Committee annually reviews the Program’s progress to ensure the outcomes are achieved in a cost-efficient manner and reports its findings to the Board.

In addition, the Program requires three independent audits, the first of which was conducted in FY 2017.

View the Safe, Clean Water Program’s annual reports, annual IMC audit reports, and independent audits, including a staff response, on the Valley Water website.