Opinion: Legislation would bolster San Jose’s road to resilience

In this era of climate change, San Jose, with more than one million residents, faces a new challenge as billion-dollar major weather and climate disasters become the new norm.

We are acutely aware of this challenge in the city of San Jose, where we are surrounded by some of the world’s largest seismic fault lines and several rivers prone to flooding. Disasters are local, and city governments are at the front lines of responding to emergencies. In partnership with legislators, businesses and residents, the city of San Jose is in relentless pursuit of meeting the challenges posed by potential disasters by embarking on a road to resilience.

Coyote Creek experienced major flooding in 2017 for the second time in 20 years. Through the efforts of San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo, and Assemblyman Ash Kalra, D-San Jose, the city secured more than $5 million in state funding to assist with a recovery effort that continues today. Collectively, we recognize there is still more to do.

Following the Coyote Creek flood, the city of San Jose established the Emergency Management Roadmap, which addresses gaps in the city’s preparedness, response and recovery programs. Additionally, local bond initiative Measure T was resoundingly passed by residents in 2018. This bond measure will address important improvements to the city’s resilience. Funding is being used to improve aging roads, build new fire stations and emergency services training facilities, and a new Emergency Operations Center, improving the city’s preparedness, response and recovery capabilities.

We are also re-energizing the city’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program. Recently, we committed to provide CERT courses in every district of the city, including courses in Spanish and Vietnamese, to empower residents by giving them the skills necessary to protect themselves, their families and neighbors.

While disasters have increased in number and severity, local government resources dedicated to …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Politics


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