THE RESILIENT BAYVIEW HEATWAVE STRATEGY
In 2017, the Bayview experienced a series of unprecedented heat waves that saw the temperature rise to over 100 over the course of two consecutive days for the first time in recorded history. The Resilient Bayview Executive Steering Committee activated its HUB and were able to establish a cooling center at two separate locations. As a result Resilient Bayview formed the Extreme Weather Working Group and secured funding from the San Francisco Dept. of Health create a culturally competent preparedness / response strategy that will help protect the impacts of climate change on the health and well-being of all those that live and work in the Bayview, especially the vulnerable.
The photo above was taken at the Resilient Bayview Heatwave Workshop in April. Click Here to download the full workshop report.
The Resilient Bayview Extreme Weather Working Group is creating a network of agencies, from all sectors, that are committed to increasing the level of preparedness of their organization, staff, clients and neighbors to survive heatwaves as well as have the capacity to provide cooling resources to those that need help the most in a coordinated manner. The Resilient Bayview Extreme Weather Working Group is deploying the NEN’s HUB model that acts as a planning and response framework for both local and citywide networks to ensure they have the highest level of interoperability before and after times of stress.
Drivers that have informed the creation of the Resilient Bayview’s heatwave strategy are:
All Bayview residents receive year round, culturally competent, support in advancing their disaster resilience goals and shall receive adequate and sustained service levels to maintain their health and well-being goals during times of stress.
The RBV Extreme Weather Project amplifies the city’s strategy for mitigating the impact of climate change related shocks on all residents of the Bayview by generating a cohort of cross sector agencies that work together every day to advance culturally competent strategies for mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery.
During extreme weather events, vulnerable populations (i.e. seniors, children, people with access and functional needs) must be prepared to survive heatwaves, winter storms, power outages, and floods. Our strategy outline investments that support mitigation, preparation, response, restoration, and recovery strategies at the individual, organization, and community level.
Resilient Bayview organizes its program plan activities via a three tier development method:
Program Goals & Objectives
Resilient Bayview has created a program plan to guide its activities to ensure that it can achieve the goals outlined above.
Resilient Bayview is built on a cross sector collective impact organizing approach. The leadership of RBV has been recruiting agencies and actors from all sectors from its inception to ensure that Bayview residents are being supported by all stakeholders in their pursuit of resilience.
Resilient Heat Wave Workshop Executive Summary
The Resilient Bayview Heat Wave Workshop was held on Thursday April 26th, 2018 at the Bayview YMCA. Resilient Bayview’s Vulnerable Populations Working Group focused on health impacts that affect our audience: seniors, people with access and functional needs, and children. There was a total of 54 attendees from different community-based organizations, faith-based organizations, and government agencies that caters to the same audience.
The workshop addressed how climate change affects the health and well-being of Bayview residents during a heatwave. Resilient Bayview collaborated with the Department of Public Health to create a culturally competent Heat Wave Resilience Strategy. Teri Dowling from DPH and Felisia Thibodeaux from Resilient Bayview’s Program Manager presented the Climate and Health aspect. Ganjre Digambar from One Concern presented the heat islands within the Bayview.
The attendees formed small groups to work on an activity called “How Ready Are You?” The attendees were given a heatwave scenario with the map of the Town Center HUB to determine their knowledge of how to navigate their community during times of stress.
Daniel Homsey and Felisia Thibodeaux introduced the Resilient Bayview Heatwave Resilience Strategy which focused on 4 main aspects of resiliency: individual level, social level, community level, and civic level. Brian Whitlow from SFCARD presented the Heat Relief Center and Cooling Center Strategy to implement during heatwaves.
In the beginning of the workshop, attendees were given a survey to complete to gauge their organization’s resiliency. At the end, they were given another survey to measure their confidence and understanding of climate change, individual preparedness, and their organization’s preparedness.
The next steps include: assessing resiliency and preparedness of each organization, onboard HUB members and community partners to join Resilient Bayview, and host preparedness trainings for the Bayview community.
The partner agencies that attended were Providence Senior Housing, The United Council for Human Services, Mother Brown’s, BMAGIC, Rebuilding Together San Francisco, Visitation Valley Asian Alliance, Wu Yee Children’s Services, Bayview Health and Wellness, Mercy Housing, Institute on Aging, Aging and Disability Resource Center, Bayview Senior Services, and Community Youth Center.