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COALITIONS increasing the resilience of communitites
Sharing advancements in community resilience from across the nation
Community-led initiatives in San Francisco neighborhoods
The Neighborhood Alliance Network (NEN) brings together residents, neighborhood and merchant associations, faith-based organizations, non-profits, state agencies and leading academic institutions throughout San Francisco to advance resilience at the community level.
Founded in 2007, the NEN has expanded to include six comprehensive programs that fulfill its mission “to support residents and neighborhoods with the capacity and resources to build strong resilient communities.” Through its Empowered Communities Program (ECP), the NEN works alongside communities to move “ownership community resilience down to the neighborhood level.”
This grassroots approach has led to innovative programs such as the NEN’s Resilient Youth Leadership Academy. With a focus on understanding and preparing for the impacts of climate change, the Academy strives to empower the next generation of environmental champions. Participants at the Academy arrive as teens and leave as leaders ready to disseminate information about the short and long-term effects of global warming in their Bay Area community.
The Community & Regional Resilience Institute develops tools for campus communities
The Community & Regional Resilience Institute, or CARRI, is spearheading a novel initiative to develop tools and processes to enhance the ability of college communities to withstand and recovery from natural disasters, attacks of violence, and other significant crises.
In partnership with a mixture of university and college campuses, CARRI’s Campus Resilience Enhancement System (CaRES) builds on the momentum of its Community Resilience System first launched in seven communities nationally in 2011. Rooted in a “whole community” approach, the new project will develop a comprehensive understanding of the resources, processes, and tools that will best lead to resilience on campus and in the surrounding community.
In 2010, the L.A. County Department of Public Health launched the Los Angeles County Community Disaster Preparedness (LACCDR) project in collaboration with academic institutions, governmental and non-governmental agencies, businesses, and 16 community coalitions.
The goal of the 5-year collaboration was to improve resilience at the community level with a focus on four areas of capacity building: education, engagement, self-sufficiency, and partnership.
From 2013 – 2015, coalitions were provided training and technical assistance as they developed and executed their plans to improve community resilience and/or preparedness. Communities were surveyed to see what actions helped to improve community resilience over time.
Post project, leadership transferred to the local-level as resilience efforts matured. In the desert community of Acton-Agua Dulce, for example, over 500 community members now use the social networking tool Facebook to stay in-touch with coalition activities and provide tips on disaster preparedness.
The Gardena Emergency Preparedness and Response Coalition also features news and updates from the coalition, future disaster preparedness training and community events using Facebook as a communication tool. Their ultimate goal is to “train as many people in the City of Gardena so they know how to plan, prepare, respond and recover from an emergency or a disaster.” Learn more>