print Font Size: small font medium font large font

E2: Emergency Response Planning

This project allows the District to work with local municipalities to clearly identify roles and responsibilities for floodplain management and flood emergency management. The project supports countywide emergency response and preparedness activities, develops communication procedures and disseminates web-based flood forecasting information developed under Project C2, Emergency Response Upgrades. Collaborators also develop formal, site-specific flood-fighting strategies and coordinate outreach throughout the county so that the public receives uniform flood warning messages.

This project is comprised of 2 sub-projects that support the District's ongoing emergency response planning. Refer to Appendix B in the 5-Year Implementation Plan for project descriptions. These sub-projects are:

E2.1 Coordination with Local Municipalities on Flood Communication
E2.2 Flood-Fighting Action Plans


  • Reduces flood damage
  • Provides effective coordinated response to storm-related emergencies
  • Improves community awareness about flood risks

Project Status

(As of April 2017)

  • April, 2017: As mentioned in the January update below, both the Canoas and San Francisquito EAP drafts are being modified with the intent of a final review by the chief of watersheds. Staff reviewed the City of San Jose’s Emergency Operations Plan (Rev.12/06/05) and planned to meet with City staff, however, the February Coyote Creek flood now has implications on what new EAP elements may need to be included, therefore a temporary postponement for completing these two plans is expected until further insights are clarified from this Coyote Creek incident. The Coyote Creek lessons-learned are currently being identified and staff has been assigned (District and City of San Jose) to work on a joint EAP with a priority of completing Coyote Creek.

  • January, 2017: Staff reported to the Independent Monitoring Committee (IMC) on the FY2016 end of year performance and activities. Multiple IMC questions were addressed by staff with a suggestion for staff to gain an understanding of all the City's emergency response procedures. District staff attended the January Emergency Management meeting where January storms, operational area coordination and recover were the key focus delivered by County OES. Staff continues to build bridges with the emergency management community by attending these kinds of meetings where emergency management first responders attend and share what is being developed in terms of emergency response, planning (e.g. emergency action plans), recovery and mitigation.  The Emergency Action Plan (EAP) for San Francisco Creek and Canoas Creek have had deputy review and currently undergoing some modifications before going to division chief review in Q1 2017.

  • October, 2016: The District hosted a Winter Emergency Operations and Preparedness Workshop with attendees from Cities and the County and presenters from the District's Office of Emergency Services, Watershed Field Operations, Reservoir Operations, Public Information, Flood Forecast & Warning System and Sandbag Programs. Presenters also included staff from the National Weather Service, Cal Fire, Department of Water Resources and the Santa Clara County Office of Emergency Services. The purpose of the meeting was to share information regarding predicted water conditions and multiple agencies' activities to prepare for potential emergencies, emphasizing the potential for flooding and corresponding response activities.

Key Performance Indicators

  1. Coordinate with agencies to incorporate District-endorsed flood emergency procedures into their Emergency Operations Center plans
  2. Complete 5 flood-fighting action plans (1 per major watershed)



Priority E-200

Project Information

Project Start FY 2014
Project Finish FY 2028
Safe Clean Water
Program funding

$1.8 M**

(2015 Dollars)

**More financial information: 5-Year Implementation Plan, pages: 19-27
Status On Target
Location Countywide

For more information: