Safety Element (Public Hearing Draft, 5/1/13)
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Safety Element Implementation Measures

Geologic, Seismic and Soil Hazards
  1. When feasible, make information on fault locations, soil hazards and areas of landslide or liquefaction publicly available, on request.

  2. Review and update building, zoning, and grading codes to ensure adopted standards are appropriate to mitigate potential geologic, seismic, soils, flooding, and noise hazards, and would comply with the Alquist-Priolo Act if an active fault were identified in the City.

  3. Identify unreinforced masonry structures and other seismically vulnerable types of structures, and maintain a database of their locations to 1) inform local emergency response personnel, and 2) educate the public.

  4. Work with public and private entities to verify that buildings housing critical public facilities, such as schools, hospitals and emergency services, are seismically strengthened to meet applicable building codes.
Flooding and Marine Hazards
  1. Review and update drainage and water retention studies and improvement plans to incorporate appropriate best practices and Federal, State, and County flood control regulations.

  2. Evaluate and report on the feasibility of restoring concrete-lined drainage channels back to natural, earthen channels.

  3. Obtain and maintain information on flooding, tsunami, and sea level rise hazards and make the information publicly available.
  1. Obtain and maintain information on fire and wildfire hazards and home, business, and open space fire mitigation measures. Make the information publicly available.

  2. Monitor peak water demand and supply to ensure adequate capacity is available in the event of a wildfire emergency.

  3. Partner with Orange County Fire Authority to pursue grant and other funding opportunities for appropriate wildfire mitigation measures, staffing, and facilities, and to support wildfire mitigation efforts in the City and in surrounding open space areas such as the O’Neill Conservancy and San Onofre State Beach.
  1. Review the Existing and Future Noise Contour Maps for applicability to each development project to identify potential impacts to sensitive uses.

  2. Work with local, State and Federal agencies to reduce highway- and railroad-generated noise levels to within acceptable General Plan levels.

  3. PrWorking with other agencies and property owners, the City will seek to re-establish ocean views blocked by noise barriers, where feasible.
  4. Prepare a program establishing City truck routes, including appropriate signage, to minimize truck traffic noise impacts to sensitive land uses.
  5. Establish a Quiet Zone for the entire length of rail corridor through the City of San Clemente. As an interim measure, implement wayside horns at San Clemente's rail crossings.
Radiological Hazards
  1. Continue to collect and disseminate information relating to all hazards, as well as to radiological hazards preparedness, response, and recovery for SONGS.
  2. Create an inventory of critical facilities that use electricity and identify whether or not they have emergency backup generators; study the feasibility of obtaining adequate generators for critical City facilities that do not currently have them.
  3. Regularly review and update, exercise and revise the San Clemente Multi-Hazard Emergency Plan with appropriate best practices related to the community’s natural and human-made hazards.
  4. Explore the siting and structural integrity of the City’s critical facilities to identify and plan to mitigate any potential defects related to natural or human-made hazards..
  5. Continue to maintain and update emergency services, preparedness, response and recovery plans and training programs that meet Federal and State requirements.
  6. Pursue emergency services grants and other funding opportunities for emergency planning, public safety, and marine safety staffing, facilities, training, and programs.
  7. Information Technology staff will periodically review and update an emergency preparedness and response plan into overall City Emergency Response Plan.
  8. Evaluate safety implications of SONGS relicensing and community concerns, and take an informed position on relicensing prior to NRC action.
Emergency Services, Preparedness, Response and Recovery
  1. Update the City’s Design Guidelines to address aesthetic treatments for property safety treatments, including slope retention, reinforcement and drainage measures, and to address crime prevention features in the orientation and design of new buildings and public facilities.
  2. Provide educational materials and outreach efforts to inform the public about emergency preparation and response, and about the availability of emergency services.
  3. Support and maintain active programs to enhance community safety, emergency preparedness and disaster response through volunteer programs such as the Community Emergency Response Team Program (CERT), Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), Explorer Scouts, Neighborhood Watch and Radio Amateur Citizen Emergency Services (RACES).

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