On Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, September 26, 27 & 28, the National Weather Service indicated Temperatures of 84, 88, 83. Barbara Garcia, MPA Director of Health San Francisco, activated the Resilient Diamond Heights Heat Event Center on Saturday, Sept 23rd.
On Saturday, September 23, 2017, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, Christopher Park was activated for our 30th Neighborfest! The Diamond Heights Friends of Christopher Park association featured live music, activities for children, an historical walking tour, kites, community resource booths and a pet photo contest moderated by Supervisor Sheehy and State Senator Scott Wiener.
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.
Diamond Heights Community Association
The HUB initiative supports neighborhoods as they create community-based networks of organizations that advance the overall preparedness of communities across San Francisco.
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.
Diamond Heights is an active and dynamic community where individuals, families, organizations, and businesses deliver exceptional goods and services, all the while providing opportunities to catalyze the economic, spiritual, and cultural potential of the neighborhood. During times of stress, our community will collectively respond with confidence and compassion.
Provide streamlined access to information that supports an individual’s ability to make smart decisions regarding mitigation, preparedness and response activities.
Support HUB Member organizations efforts to develop higher levels of interoperability among nearby stakeholder organizations and residents.
Ensure that neighborhood stakeholder organizations and their external resilience partners are able to communicate among themselves and residents before, during and after a disaster in a culturally competent way.
Candidates for Hub Membership complete a resilience interview to assess their capacity, connection, and resources. The summit is in San Francisco’s Bayview neighborhood.
In 2017/2018, the Resilient Diamond Heights (RDH) would like to prioritize supporting the local subsidized housing providers’ ability to prepare themselves, and their clients, to care for themselves during and after a disaster. As background, Diamond Heights was a redevelopment project and out of approximately 3,500 households in Diamond Heights, 660 units are affordable housing. The tenants of these developments are some of the most vulnerable in District 8, and due to the remote location of our community, they will most likely not have access to professional health services in the immediate aftermath of a large disaster. Many of the residents will be at high risk of limited funds if they lose jobs in a disaster.
Therefore, RDH would like spend the next year working with four local affordable housing developments: Case De Vida, Diamond View, Glenridge Cooperative and Vista Del Monte Apartments to increase their organizational resilience.
Each development will be eligible to receive the following:
DIAMOND HEIGHTS COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION