Advancing a city’s resilience, one neighborhood at a time

From the CDc’s Public Health Matters Blog:

Often a city‘s identity is attached to a significant event in its past, and for San Francisco that event is the Earthquake of 1906.  That fateful event, in which thousands perished and our City burned to the ground, captured the attention of the whole world. Its legacy forged a commitment in the psyche of every San Franciscan – never again.

 San Francisco’s commitment to resilience efforts began as soon as reconstruction commenced. Over 100 years, the City invested billions of dollars in systems and programs that will be invaluable in mitigating the impact of future earthquakes on our communities.

In 1989, as millions watched the World Series, the Loma Prieta earthquake struck. San Francisco had reclaimed its title as the “earthquake” city.  The event presented the City with many lessons learned, but two main priorities: bring older building stock (pre 1970’s) up to a higher seismic performance standard and second and empower residents to participate in the response phases for future events

The City’s efforts to address building performance started almost immediately and ultimately resulted in the creation of the Earthquake Safety Improvement Program.  A major step in protecting our residents occurred on Tuesday, February 5, 2013, when the first mandatory seismic retrofitting legislation for privately owned buildings was introduced at the City’s Board of Supervisors. To address resident empowerment, the San Francisco Fire Department (SFFD) initiated the Neighborhood Emergency Response Team (NERT) program that trained thousands of San Franciscans to support the SFFD’s response to a major event.

Read the complete post here.

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