BAEA presents: Building An Earthquake Resilient Community

The Bay Area Earthquake Alliance invites all EERI NC Chapter members to attend and contribute to a meeting on “Building an Earthquake Resilient Community.”

Date: Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Time: 1:00pm-3:00pm
Venue:The Presidio Golden Gate Club, 135 Fisher Loop, Presidio, San Francisco  94129.


Disaster resilience measures how well residents and communities can respond to, recover from and adapt to challenges posed by a disaster.  Building a resilient community is as much about ensuring the physical integrity of homes as it is about training residents to help their neighbors during a disaster, preparing businesses and organizations to resume operations post-disaster and coordinating emergency plans and services across different sectors so communities are empowered to help themselves.

The Bay Area Earthquake Alliance Meeting on April 24th will focus on how various programs play an integral role in engaging San Francisco residents and neighborhoods to become more prepared and readied for the next big earthquake and to increase their disaster resilience.

Special guests speakers include:

– Laurence Kornfield (San Francisco Earthquake Safety Implementation), The problem of providing services to an urban or suburban population living in damaged housing months after a large earthquake is critical.  What services will be most critically needed, and what do we need to do to prepare to deliver these services?

– Alan Kwok (American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter), The Ready Neighborhoods initiative was launched by the American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter in partnership with PG&E to address the vulnerability of low income Bay Area neighborhoods during and after a disaster.   How is the Ready Neighborhoods initiative working to increase the capacity of these neighborhoods to prepare for and respond to disasters big or small?

– Erica Arteseros (San Francisco Fire Department), The San Francisco NERT has been trained to provide critical help in the immediate aftermath of a large earthquake.  How will their mission evolve in the months following a large earthquake?

– Kristin Hogan (San Francisco Department of Emergency Management), SF Heroes is a smart phone app that uses game mechanics to educate, motivate, inform, and reward people for learning how to prepare for emergencies.


1:00p – 1:05p:              Opening Comments, Harold Brooks, President and CEO, American Red Cross Bay Area

1:05p – 1:35p:              Safe Enough to Stay – What needs to be done to enable residents to shelter in place for days and months after a large earthquake? By Lawrence Kornfield, Earthquake Safety Implementation Program, City and County of San Francisco

1:35p – 2:05p:              American Red Cross’ Ready Neighborhoods Initiative:  Building Disaster Resilience in Bay Area’s Vulnerable Communities  By Alan Kwok, Ready Neighborhoods Manager, American Red Cross Bay Area

2:05p – 2:35p:              SF NERT in the Aftermath of a Large Earthquake By Lt. Erica Arteseros, Program Coordinator for the SFPD Neighborhood Emergency Response Team, San Francisco Fire Department

2:35p – 2:50p:              Using Gamification to Promote Preparedness:  SF Heroes  By Kristin Hogan, Strategic Communication Planner, San Francisco Department of Emergency Management

2:50p – 3:00p:              Open Discussion/Other Business

3:00p:                          Conclusion

Register today at:

EERI Northern California Chapter | c/o EERI National | 499 14th Street Suite 320 | Oakland, CA 94612-1934 USA |