In 2008, a group of leaders in the Diamond Heights community came together to explore ways to advance the disaster resilience of their community and took the name The Diamond Heights Disaster Ready Workgroup. While convening at St. Aidan’s Church, the group partnered with organizations such as the Red Cross and SF CARD (Community Agencies Responding to Disaster), and designed and implemented a plan that gave them a deeper level of preparedness and capacity to succeed in times of stress.
In the summer of 2012, the Neighborhood Empowerment Network (NEN) was invited to present its Empowered Communities Program (ECP), which leverages the most current disaster resilience development data and advances FEMA’s Whole Community Approach. As a result of this orientation, and the acquisition of funding from the CDC Foundation and FEMA, the Diamond Heights Community agreed to move forward with a deployment of the NEN’s ECP and became known as Resilient Diamond Heights.
The Diamond Heights Community will negotiate a disaster with the necessary social, economic and infrastructural resilience to support an expedited recovery and remain a diverse and inclusive place that residents, both current and future, will want to call home.
The Diamond Heights Advanced Disaster Resilience Project will provide Diamond Heights Neighborhood stakeholders (residents, merchant, faith-based, civic and nonprofit) a program/framework to achieve true disaster resilience.
The Empowered Communities Program‘s Neighborhood HUB initiative supports neighborhoods as they create community-based networks of organizations that advance the overall preparedness of communities across San Francisco. The HUB initiative provides essential support to residents as they recover community stressors and disasters. A national conversation has begun which points to the importance of creating strategies for local organizations and residents to assume lifesaving responsibilities in the event of a disaster. These activities include search and rescue, mass feeding, and supporting people sheltering in place. To learn more about the HUB, CLICK HERE
A priority of Resilient Diamond Heights is to foster an inclusive and transparent information-sharing process. As such, we encourage Diamond Heights community members, stakeholders, partners, and interested parties to attend upcoming Resilient Diamond Heights Working Group Meetings on the third Wednesday of the month from 3:30pm-5:00pm at St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church.
For more information about Resilient Diamond Heights and to find out how you can get involved, contact Daniel Homsey, Director of Neighborhood Empowerment Network.