The Resilient West Portal (RWP) Disaster Preparedness Program was launched in 2017 with support of the Greater West Portal Neighborhood Association (GWPNA) and Supervisor Yee’s participatory budget process. Resilient West Portal has partnered with the Neighborhood Empowerment Network (NEN) to leverage its expertise in supporting communities to implement the Empowered Communities Program (ECP). The NEN has supported West Portal stakeholders in developing a Resilient Action Plan that will guide our disaster preparedness trainings and activities.
In 2018, a cohort of organizations along San Francisco’s West Portal neighborhood reached out to Supervisor Norman Yee’s office for support in creating a Resilient Action Plan (RAP) for their community. The Supervisor’s Office partnered with the Neighborhood Empowerment Network (NEN) to leverage its expertise in supporting communities as they draft and implement a culturally competent RAP. By implementing its Empowered Communities Program (ECP), the NEN will support West Portal stakeholders in developing a preliminary community engagement plan. This plan will outline the need to partner with surrounding communities in order to ensure that any plans that are generated accommodate all of the stakeholders in the West Portal district.
Greater West Portal Neighborhood Association (GWPNA)
Karl Aguilar, Resilient West Portal/NERT Co-Lead
Susie Commins, Resilient West Portal/NERT
Louis Dorsey, Resilient West Portal/GWPNA
Sasha Madfes, Resilient West Portal/NERT/CERT
Ben Matranga, Resilient West Portal/GWPNA
Andrea Rosenthal, Resilient West Portal/West Portal Parents Club
Gary Rowbury, Resilient West Portal
Ken Spielman, Resilient West Portal
Eric Wildgrube, Resilient West Portal/NERT
West Portal is a community of residents, organizations, businesses and networks that serve our immediate neighbors and Southwestern San Francisco.
During times of stress, the stakeholders of West Portal come together in a collaborative, well organized manner to protect the health and well-being of the all guests, employees and residents – especially the new born, children, seniors and people living with access and functional needs.
By investing in capacities, resources and relationships essential for a disaster response, West Portal will successfully negotiate future impacts and as a result become a stronger, more cohesive and vibrant community.
Every resident has the capacity to care for themselves and their neighbors during times of stress.
The faith-based organizations, businesses, non-profits and community organizations of the West Portal community have the capacity to support both the needs of their existing constituencies and emerging audiences during times of stress.
The West Portal community has the capacity to respond collectively during times of stress in a manner that reflects the goals and priorities of its residents and stakeholder organizations.
The Resilient West Portal Steering Committee is comprised of community members who care deeply for the neighborhood and are responsible for the development and implementation of a resilient action plan.
This plan will guide the West Portal’s investments in connection, capacity and resources at the individual, organizational and community levels.
By identifying, engaging and supporting local stakeholders throughout the planning and deployment process, the Committee will embed its commitment to trustworthiness, responsiveness and compassion in the initiative’s “DNA”.