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Welcome to Resilient Diamond Heights!

Overview

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.

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Diamond Heights consists of 2450 households. Of those, 662 units (27%) were built as subsidized units located in 5 different housing developments. One these focuses on people with disabilities, while other four focus on people with limited income. In addition, the neighborhood has 8 other complexes that are not subsidized, with two of the larger complexes including Avalon/eves with 154 apartments, and Diamond Heights Village with 396 condominiums. The population is aging, with 29.3% of the residents being over 65 years of age, and 51.3% of the population living alone (one-person households).

RDH works on improved safety for all residents in the form of preparedness for natural or man-made disasters. In recent years, a stronger focus has been placed on the more vulnerable residents who may not have adequate networks of local family members or nearby friends to look into their wellbeing after a major event. Our project will:

1) Equip a local cooling center for use during extreme heat events that endanger those living in housing without air conditioning.

2) Supply the NERT team and RDH volunteers with basic tools needed to establish an effective staging area and Support Center.

3) Provide basic safety kits and emergency lights for some vulnerable residents.

4) Develop training and templates to improve emergency plans for all 13 housing complexes with an emphasis on checking on older people, those who live alone or people with disabilities

Our Accomplishments

2018 Accomplishments

RDH Workgroup Meetings: The RDH convened eight evening meetings on our regular meeting date of the 4th Thursday of the month. Providing dinner at each meeting encouraged discussion and community building.

Psychological First Aid Training, February 15: 29 people were trained in a program sponsored by Resilient San Francisco and the SF Dept. of Public Health.

District 8 Participatory Budgeting Award May: RDH was awarded $20,000 for disaster supplies and assistance developing a template for preparedness for housing developments. RDH came in 5th among 22 proposals that were voted on by residents of District 8.

Exercise/Drill for Heat Wave Relief Center, May 24: RDH led 20 workgroup members in a simulation of opening a Heat Wave Relief Center using Instant ICS. Each member portrayed a role in the activation.

Neighborhood Evacuation Planning June 2018: Due to concerns that a fire could start in a neighborhood park on a windy day that could spread quickly to Diamond Heights, Glen Park, Noe Valley and Miraloma Park, RDH started planning for neighborhood evacuation.

Fire Evacuation Flyer: RDH developed a flyer to let people know of potential fire danger and the need for immediate evacuation. The flyer contained tips on receiving emergency alerts, identifying neighbors in advance who may need assistance, what supplies to add to a “Go Bag” and remembering to plan for pets in an evacuation. A paper flyer was distributed by volunteers to 2,000 homes in Diamond Heights. Another 500 flyers were distributed by email to housing developments that preferred electronic flyers.

SF Chronicle Article: “Could a wildfire sweep into San Francisco? Residents seek assurance as state burns,” Sept. 6: Due to RDH advocacy, the SF Chronicle published an article on the potential for a major fire to start in a neighborhood park that could impact nearby homes.

Fire Safety in Neighborhood Parks and Evacuation Meeting, Sept. 8. A standing room only group of attendees called on representatives from the SFFD, SFPD, SF Recreation and Park Department and SF Department of Emergency Services for more fire mitigation in our City parks. The meeting was convened by Supervisor Rafael Mandelman, RDH and the DHCA.

Stop the Bleed Training, September 27: RDH hosted the training. 35 attendees received certificates for completing the training.

RDH Table at Where in the World is Christopher Park Festival, October 13th: RDH volunteers distributed preparedness materials, disaster trivia questions and super hero band-aids at this Neighborfest event.

 

RDH Brochures: Greg Carey, created guides for Fire Evacuation Planning, Sheltering During Disasters, Food Safety During Disasters and Sanitation During Disasters for distribution.

 

Ruth Asawa School for the Arts Meeting, Nov. 8: RDH met with Barnaby Payne, Principal, to discuss mutual projects between students and the neighborhood.

Diamond Heights Holiday Party December 15: RDH organized the 6th annual party with holiday craft making, caroling, a festive buffet, a visit from Santa, free raffle for disaster kits and hand crank radios and a presentation on RDH and NERT. Over 150 people attended the event.

2019 Accomplishments

About Us

Background

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.

 

Leadership

Betsy Eddy

Diamond Heights Community Association

Jill Borofka

Diamond Heights Community Member

Greg Carey

Diamond Heights NERT

Ed Sheffner

Diamond Heights Community Member

Cynthia Woo

Diamond Heights Community Member

Resilient Diamond Heights Hub

The Resilient Diamond Heights HUB meets at Saint Aidan’s Episcopal Church. The Church has agreed to be an Information Support Center during a major disaster. The building is equipped with cooling, heating and emergency supplies should the HUB activate its Support Center.

Diamond Heights Hub Boundary Map

Our Vision & Goals

Vision

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.

Goals

Individual

Provide streamlined access to information that supports an individual’s ability to make smart decisions regarding mitigation, preparedness and response activities.

Organizational

Support HUB Member organizations efforts to develop higher levels of interoperability among nearby stakeholder organizations and residents.

Community

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.

Our Plan

Download the Bayview Resilient Action Plan by clicking the icon below.

Our Projects

Hub Member Development

Candidates for Hub Membership complete a resilience interview to assess their capacity, connection, and resources. The summit is in San Francisco’s Bayview neighborhood.

Managed Housing Assessment Project

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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:

  • An assessment / evaluation of the continuity of operations plan
  • Technical support to strengthen their plan documentation
  • Training for staff on how to implement their identified role in the plan
    • Incident Command System
    • First aid
    • Psychological First Aid
  • Disaster preparedness training for residents
  • Disaster kits for the most high risk residents

 

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Neighborhood Empowerment Network is a cross sector cohort of city-wide resident leaders, community & faith based organizations, city agencies, private sector stakeholders, academic and philanthropic institutions that align their expertise, programs, technical and financial resources to advance the development of tools, resources and methods that empower communities to strengthen their capacity to advance their resilience goals.