The City of Arcata is currently in the process of updating its chapter in the Humboldt Operational Hazard Mitigation Plan and is seeking community feedback.
The Humboldt Operational Hazard Mitigation Plan was developed with guidance from the Humboldt County Office of Emergency Services and Tetra Tech, Inc. and it serves as a key to Humboldt County’s eligibility for funding under FEMA hazard mitigation grant programs. The plan includes an assessment of the area’s risks from hazard events including but not limited to earthquakes, floods, tsunamis, wildfires, and it lists proposed initiatives designed to minimize future hazard-related damage.
Arcata’s Hazard Mitigation Action Plan identifies 18 actions the City will pursue over the next five years in order to minimize Arcata’s hazard risks. In addition, the City has developed a categorized ranking of Arcata’s risk vulnerability to “hazards of interest” identified in the plan, as well as descriptions of other noteworthy vulnerabilities that were not immediately apparent from the risk assessment.
The City is seeking public input regarding its findings and is encouraging members of the community to review the City’s hazard risk-ranking list, noteworthy vulnerabilities and Hazard Mitigation Action Plan.
The City is seeking feedback on these developments, and Humboldt County and its planning partners are also seeking input from the public on regional hazard mitigation planning!
The County has designed a questionnaire to help gauge the level of knowledge local residents already have about natural disaster issues and to find out more about areas vulnerable to various types of natural disasters. The information you provide will help our planning partners coordinate activities and identify projects to reduce the risk of injury or damage to property from future hazard events. Please consider taking the County's survey here.
Below you will find Arcata's hazard risk-ranking list, other noteworthy vulnerabilities and Arcata's Hazard Mitigation Action Plan. Please review them, and share your feedback with us.
If there are any vulnerabilities or hazards you feel we’ve missed, a hazard risk you feel should be ranked differently or if there is an action item you would like to see incorporated into the plan, we want to hear about it!
Please send us an email with your feedback to email@example.com, or call 707-822-8184.
We will be taking community feedback until the end of the day on Friday, April 19.
Hazard Risk Ranking
Table 1‑11 below presents a ranking of all local hazards of concern for which this Hazard Mitigation Plan provides complete risk assessments. The ranking process involves an assessment of the likelihood of occurrence for each hazard, along with its potential impacts on people, property and the economy. Mitigation actions target hazards with high and medium rankings.
Table 1‑11. Hazard Risk Ranking
Sea Level Rise
Other Noteworthy Vulnerabilities
Mitigation actions target hazards with high and medium rankings.The following Arcata jurisdiction-specific issues have been identified:
Hazard Mitigation Action Plan
Table 1‑13. Hazard Mitigation Action Plan Matrix
Action ARC1— Where appropriate, support retrofitting, purchase or relocate structures located in hazard areas, prioritizing those that have experienced repetitive losses and/or are located in high or medium-risk areas.
Action ARC2— Integrate the hazard mitigation plan into other plans, ordinances and programs that dictate land use decisions in the community, including the Local Coastal Program, the Forest Management Plan, the Arcata Land Use Code and the Arcata General Plan Safety Element.
Action ARC3—Actively participate in plan maintenance protocols outlined in Volume 1 of this hazard mitigation plan.
Action ARC4—Continue to maintain good standing and compliance under the NFIP through implementation of floodplain management programs that, at a minimum, meet the NFIP requirements to:
Action ARC5—Identify and pursue strategies to increase adaptive capacity to climate change including but not limited to the following:
Action ARC6— Purchase generators for critical facilities and infrastructure that lack adequate backup power, including emergency locations at the Arcata Community Center and D Street Neighborhood Center.
Action ARC7— Implement the City’s Capital Improvement Plan.
Action ARC8— Improve reliability of continued operations of critical water pump station on Alliance Road during emergencies.
Action ARC9— Continue to support the Hazard Mitigation Plan partnership as well as local hazard mitigation working groups.
Action ARC10— Continue to improve levees around risk critical facilities.
Action ARC11— Develop a list of needed seismic retrofits of City’s critical facilities.
Action ARC12— Improve local radio communication on a designated shared channel.
Action ARC13— Develop detailed lists of existing and needed emergency resources (shelters, food sources, etc.).
Action ARC14— Continue to support the development and ongoing training of Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT)
Action ARC15— Maintain updated Hazard and Emergency Preparedness information on the City’s Website with a link to the County’s Website.
Action ARC16— Develop Semi-annual City staff training in community emergency response.
Action ARC17— Increase emergency water storage capacity (fire protection, back-up supply, etc.).
Action ARC18— Develop a Debris Management Plan.