In Session 3 of the "Wildfires – How to Preserve and Protect Housing" work group, the Office of Planning and Research (OPR) started the session with an overview of new state requirements on evacuation planning. Presentations then highlighted ways research and existing evacuation platforms can be used for evacuation planning purposes. Peer local agencies ended the session with their roadmap to evacuation planning with highlights of recent and upcoming efforts, including lessons of how to integrate planning opportunities across departments.
- Introduction (video 00:00 – 07:30 | slides 1-8)
- Erik de Kok, State Office of Planning & Research (video 07:30 – 30:24 | slides 9-19): "Evacuation Planning: New General Plan Requirements," provided an overview of recent state evacuation planning laws.
- Bingyu Zhao & Professor Kenichi Sogna, UC Berkeley (video 36:15 – 55:30 | slides 20-24): "An Integrated Fire-Communications-Traffic Simulation Framework," described a modeling approach for evacuations including approaches and strategies for Paradise, Berkeley, Bolinas and Marin.
- Charlie Crocker (video 55:30 – 1:10:35 | slides 44-45): "Live Demo of Zonehaven," illustrated how evacuation tools can be used for planning and collaboration.
- Practitioner's Panel (video 1:10:35 – 1:26:50 | slides 47-52): Perspectives from three communities on their evacuation journeys including Chief Keith May (City of Berkeley), Justin Meek (City of Watsonville) and Mark Brown (Marin Wildfire Prevention Authority).
- Q&A (video 1:26:50)
The eight-page guide outlines recent legislation and considerations for how cities and counties might scope evacuation planning to meet the new requirements. The guide provides examples of cities that have integrated evacuation planning to meet state requirements as well as those that have posted a Request for Proposals (RFP) for support. The final sections list eligible evacuation planning grant sources as well as details for how the ABAG Regional Planning Consulting Bench can be used to support evacuation planning.