San Francisco's Resilience Journey
San Francisco's Resilience Story
San Francisco is a worldwide tourist destination, houses 30 of the world’s largest financial institutions, is a major technology hub for biotechnology and Internet commerce and has a history of devastating earthquakes and fires. San Francisco has a notably diverse population, and is also a vital link for air, sea, and ground transportation. The city’s innovative use of financing and building codes has dramatically improved building safety, and their use of social media to educate and motivate the public has influenced residents to take important steps in advancing their personal resilience.
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Shocks and Stresses
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Meet The Chief Resilience Officer
Brian Strong is responsible for San Francisco’s Resilient SF strategy, 10-year Capital Plan, annual Capital Budget. He created the City’s first multi-year capital plan in 2006 and has been instrumental in the development and passage of $3.5 billion in G.O. bonds to improve San Francisco's infrastructure. Brian has implemented a number of innovative resilience programs to protect San Francisco’s infrastructure including the creation of a Capital Planning Fund to support early project development, the Earthquake Safety and Emergency Response bond program; Sea Level Rise Guidelines; and building-by-building HAZUS seismic assessments.
Under Brian’s leadership, the Capital Planning Program received the 2011 Good Government Team Award from the Mayor’s Fiscal Advisory Committee and the San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association. He also serves as President of the Board for the San Francisco Community Investment Fund that distributes new market tax credits to promote economic development in disadvantaged communities.
Snapshot of San Francisco
Population as of 2012
In The Media
Bigger Than the Big One
Imagining an 8.5 magnitude quake, this piece from RiskandInsurance considers how SF and the Bay Area could handle a disaster on this scale.
Stories About San Francisco
April 18, 2016
Around the World
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