Date of Award

6-2012

Degree Name

Master of City and Regional Planning

Department

City and Regional Planning

Advisor

Michael Boswell

Abstract

The City of Watsonville is vulnerable to a number of natural and man-made hazards. This project analyzed this risk and vulnerabilities to critical facilities within the city, and made recommendations of mitigation strategies and implementation methods to address this risk. Analysis and data collection was conducted in coordination with the City of Watsonville Fire Department and the resulting product will be given to the City for their use and potential adoption. The documents within this Local Hazard Mitigation Plan was developed to the standards and specifications developed by the State of California and Federal Emergency Management Agency for a Local Hazard Mitigation Plan in order for the opportunity for the City of Watsonville to be able to use the information contained here to develop a State and Federally-approved Local Hazard Mitigation Plan. The hazards analyzed within this document are as follows: earthquakes, wildfires, urban and industrial fires, flooding, hazardous materials, liquefaction, land subsidence, landslides, unreinforced masonry, airport hazards, civil disturbance/terrorism, dam failure, drought, expansive soils, natural gas pipeline failure, vehicle collisions, tornados, and tsunamis.

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