Resilient Diamond Heights
History, Accomplishments, Meetings
In July 2008 Resilient Diamond Heights, hosted by St. Aidan’s, began meetings with neighborhood stakeholders toward the goal of developing plans for how we would work together in Diamond Heights to provide services after a neighborhood emergency or regional disaster. Representatives from neighborhood organizations including the San Francisco Communities Responding to Disaster (SF CARD); the Diamond Heights Shopping Center; Neighborhood Emergency Response Teams (NERT); housing developments and associations; and the St. Aidan’s Disaster Plan Committee have met regularly to discuss potential plans and share resources. Since 2012 the Resilient San Francisco program of the Neighborhood Empowerment Network has augmented our planning.
Accomplishments: Our workgroup’s accomplishments include the website www.disasterreadydhsf.com which provides tips for preparedness and what to do during emergencies for residents, businesses and animal companions; a written disaster response plan for community agencies and businesses; trainings for agencies; four health and safety fairs; community parties and being recognized as a Best Practice community disaster organization by FEMA and the Center for Disease Control (CDC).
Meetings: Our Workgroup meets monthly at St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church, 101 Gold Mine Drive in Diamond Heights, San Francisco (though, like all groups that normally meet at St. Aidan's, we are currently meeting remotely). For Information: Please contact Betsy Eddy, Coordinator,
at email@example.com, 415-867-5774.
Resilient Diamond Heights (RDH) featured in The Good Steward Newsletter
Staff from the Episcopal Relief & Development US Disaster Program referred a writer for The Good Steward e-newsletter to RDH for an article on the importance of volunteer planning and training for faith-based organizations in times of disaster. The newsletter is a program of The Church Insurance Companies that provides insurance for 85% of the Episcopal Churches in the US. The article Disaster Volunteers is attached below and describes the RDH plan to use church and community volunteers to open St. Aidan’s as a disaster service center and hub for neighborhood needs assessment and assistance after a local emergency or regional disaster. Our RDH workgroup meets the 4th Wednesday of each month at St. Aidan’s from 3:30 to 5:00 pm.