San Francisco's Resilience Journey

The city of San Francisco released its Resilience Strategy on April 18, 2016. Explore the strategy here.

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.


Visit the City of San Francisco's Resilient SF Website

Shocks and Stresses

  • Aging Infrastructure
  • Climate Change
  • Drought
  • Earthquake
  • Economic Inequality
  • Extreme Heat
  • Fire
  • Inadequate Infrastructure
  • Infrastructure Failure
  • Lack of Affordable Housing
  • Lack of Social Cohesion
  • Sea Level Rise / Coastal Erosion
  • Severe Storms

Meet The Chief Resilience Officer

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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

  • 825,863

    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.

Around the World

Explore cities facing similar resilience challenges to San Francisco.

  • Aging Infrastructure
  • Climate Change
  • Drought
  • Earthquake
  • Economic Inequality
  • Extreme Heat
  • Fire
  • Inadequate Infrastructure
  • Infrastructure Failure
  • Lack of Affordable Housing
  • Lack of Social Cohesion
  • Sea Level Rise / Coastal Erosion
  • Severe Storms
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