Climate Change Preparedness

The Sea Level Rise Vulnerability Assessment is a first step toward coordinated Countywide efforts to build a prepared and stronger community to rising seas and changing climate. In March 2018, the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors approved the Sea Level Rise Vulnerability Assessment and directed staff to continue to assist the County and cities in preparing for the impacts of sea level rise, and to better understand and evaluate risks from other climate change impacts, including heat, wildfires, changing precipitation patterns and severe storm events.

Developing and implementing a climate change preparedness strategy for our County will require collaboration. No single entity can effectively tackle the significant impacts of climate change, but if we are better informed and continue working together, San Mateo County will be better prepared for the impacts of climate change.

Based on feedback from Sea Change SMC stakeholders, the County developed the following next steps, which together form the Climate Change Preparedness Action Plan. Next steps will include continued work on the Climate Change Preparedness Action Plan in partnership with cities and community stakeholders to facilitate planning and adaptation for sea level rise and other climate change impacts. The Climate Change Preparedness Action Plan includes three key phases: 1) Assessment, 2) Planning, and 3) Engagement and Implementation.

A key immediate step will be to launch a Climate Change Collaborative of local government staff, elected officials and community stakeholders. The Collaborative will help refine and finalize the Climate Preparedness Action Plan and develop a process for working together on next steps.

Contact Jasneet Sharma at jsharma@smcgov.org for more information.