Emergency Management

LaToya Cantrell, President of the Broadmoor Improvement Association, on the anniversary of the levees flooding New Orleans in 2005, shares with NENtv an update on the process of restoring her community and the Andrew H. Wilson School. Specifically she thanks the City and County of San Francisco for all of its support in helping secure funds and resources for her neighborhood.

See more images from the NEN’s trip(s) to New Orleans here.

The NEN is proud to announce the release of Resilientville, a brand new group exercise that helps communities see the power, and long term benefits, of inclusive decision making at the neighborhood level.

Created by working group comprising of the City Administrator’s Office, the Dept. of Emergency Management and San Francisco State’s Institute for Civic and Community Engagement, Resilientville builds on the themes of FEMA’s “Whole Community Approach”, by offering a fun interactive exercise that people can easily participate in and learn valuable lessons.

So visit the online home for Resilientville, check out the testimonials and then download the exercise for yourself. If you’d like to run the exercise in your community, just drop us a line and we’ll help you make it happen.



The Neighborhood Empowerment Network enters into a Strategic Partnership with the Bay Area Red Cross.

At the core of the Neighborhood Empowerment Network’s values is the belief that neighborhoods which are well organized and rich with the capacity to steward themselves are optimally positioned to both respond and recover from any size natural disaster. For the last three years the NEN’s member organizations have been working in communities across the City identifying ways to actively support local communities as they work to achieve true resilience.The Bay Area Red Crossis equally committed to the same goal and for over one hundred years it has been working with residents, and their communities, in both good times and bad. Last year the Bay Area Red Cross launched the Ready Neighborhood initiative, a regional effort to help advance the resilience of fifty at risk communities in every corner of the Bay Area.

 Upon the first anniversary of this program, the Bay Area Red Cross and the

Neighborhood Empowerment Network are proud to announce a new strategic partnership.  This partnership will streamline participating communities access to the tools, resources and methods being developed with in the NEN’s Empowered Communities Program.

The goal is to support communities as they work to not only achieve the capacity to support themselves during the hours, days and weeks after a disaster but to also help them develop the skills and relationships to ensure a swift and successful recovery.

The NEN is honored to be collaborating with the Bay Area Red Cross and we look forward to building a whole new suite of programs for the communities of the San Francisco Bay Area to leverage in the decades to come.

By Kristin Hogan, SF DEM

Last week the San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association (SPUR) opened Safe Enough to Stay, an exhibit for the public that teaches us what steps we should take to make San Francisco a Resilient City. Within the exhibit is a recreation of a San Francisco apartment, which allows visitors to experience what living in a retrofitted home after a major earthquake might be like, along with recommendations to make our homes safe enough to stay. The exhibit is in support of the SPUR report, Safe Enough to Stay.

Several of us at DEM went to the opening and had a similar experience: seeing a San Francisco-esque apartment replica with damages an earthquake would likely cause really drove home (forgive the pun) the core message of the exhibit, that staying at home after an earthquake really is doable.

“People would far prefer sleeping in their own beds as opposed to living in a shelter” said Laurence Kornfield, Special Assistant to the San Francisco City Administrator in the San Francisco Earthquake Safety Implementation Program. “Not to mention, most of us have a big concern about the security of our homes should we leave, so if the building is not leaning or obviously structurally damaged, most homes are safe enough to stay.”

DEM is a leading agency in recovery planning for San Francisco and knows a vital factor in our ability to recover is that San Francisco residents are able to stay in their homes. And as SPUR stated in the report, Safe Enough to Stay, the city has a limited number of emergency-shelter beds, and its ability to provide interim housing is constrained by low vacancy rates and minimal vacant land. This means San Francisco is at risk of losing its most important asset: its people.

Thank you SPUR for creating a resonating experience that educates us on how to stay in our homes after an earthquake. The exhibit is free to the public and will run through April 18, 2012.

Stay tuned for more updates and an inside look of the construction of this exhibit.


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