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The California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES), the Office of Planning and Research, and the Natural Resources Agency are working together to transform the APG into a robust and action-oriented planning tool, but we need YOUR help!


Please participate in the update process by taking our survey HERE

(The survey will be available until December 19, 2018)


For questions relating to the APG update, please contact:

Sarah Risher at (916) 845-8319 or email




The California Adaptation Planning Guide (APG) is a set of four complementary documents:

1. APG: Planning for Adaptive Communities - Presents the basis for climate change adaptation planning and introduces a step-by-step process for local and regional climate vulnerability assessment and adaptation strategy development. All communities should start with this document.

2. APG: Defining Local and Regional Impacts – This supplemental document provides a more in-depth understanding of how climate change can affect a community. Seven “impact sectors” are included to support communities conducting a climate vulnerability assessment.

3. APG: Understanding Regional Characteristics – The impact of climate change varies across the state. This supplemental document identifies climate impact regions, including their environmental and socioeconomic characteristics.

4. APG: Identifying Adaptation Strategies – This supplemental document explores potential adaptation strategies that communities can use to meet adaptation needs. Adaptation strategies are categorized into the same impact sectors used in the APG: Defining Local and Regional Impacts document. 


These documents were first created in 2012 to help local jurisdictions address hazards exacerbated by climate change. Due to the emergence of new climate science, development of innovative adaptation practices, and implementation of climate legislation, the State has mandated, through Senate Bill 246, that the APG be updated. The update will include the latest information and tools to further assist jurisdictions in the development and incorporation of climate strategies specific to their area by:

      • Describing region and sector specific climate impacts
      • Providing risk identification tools, assessment procedures, and adaptation strategies
      • Incorporating climate assessments, impacts and strategies into local hazard mitigation plans, coastal resilience plans, climate action plans, and/or general plans


The updated APG will connect to other State climate resources, including but not limited to:

      • The Fourth Climate Change Assessment
      • 2018 Safeguarding California Plan
      • Adaptation Clearinghouse
      • MyHazards / MyPlan Interactive Web Tools
      • Cal-Adapt
      • California State Hazard Mitigation Plan (SHMP)






​Safeguarding California Plan - 2018 Update

California is leading the way on greenhouse gas emissions reductions to avoid the worst consequences of climate change, but no matter how quickly we reduce our polluting emissions, climate impacts will still occur. Many impacts – increased fires, floods, severe storms and heat waves – are occurring already and will only become more frequent and more dangerous. However, there are many things we can do to protect against climate impacts. Taking steps now to adapt to climate change will protect public health and safety, our economy and our future.

The Safeguarding California Plan: 2018 Update – California’s Climate Adaptation Strategy is the State’s roadmap for everything state agencies are doing and will do to protect communities, infrastructure, services, and the natural environment from climate change impacts. This holistic strategy primarily covers state agencies’ programmatic and policy responses across different policy areas, but it also discusses the ongoing related work to with coordinated local and regional adaptation action and developments in climate impact science.


For more information, visit the Safeguarding California and Climate Change Adaptation Policy website.



​Past Adaptation Strategy Documents

​"It's time for courage, it's time for creativity and it's time for boldness to tackle climate change" - Governor Brown, September 2011

The California Climate Adaptation Planning Guide (APG) provides guidance to support regional and local communities in proactively addressing the unavoidable consequences of climate change. The APG implements the 2010 State Multi-hazard Mitigation Plan and was developed cooperatively by the California Natural Resources Agency and California Governor's Office of Emergency Services, with support from California Polytechnic State University–San Luis Obispo, and with funding through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the California Energy Commission.

The APG was developed under the guidance of an interagency steering committee and a technical advisory panel, and underwent an extensive review process following its release to the public as part of a conference held in April 2012 by the Governor's Office of Planning and Research, Confronting Climate Change: A Focus on Local Government Impacts, Actions and Resources. The APG provides a step-by-step process for local and regional climate vulnerability assessment and adaptation strategy development and can help integrate climate adaptation actions within Local Hazard Mitigation Plans and state-mandated Regional Sustainable Growth Plans, General Plan Safety Elements, Climate Action Plans, Local Coastal Plans, and other planning efforts. Usage of the APG is meant to allow for flexibility in the commitment of time, money, and effort to suit the needs of the community. 




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