Putting plans and policies into action often requires a suite of ancillary, supportive activities. ABAG’s Resilience Program has collected resources identifying the types of programs that can be useful for implementing resilience planning and policy goals.
Plans into Action
While resilience planning identifies milestone goals for making communities safer, the translation of plans into action often requires a wider range of supportive programs for implementation. These can include producing materials to grow public education about risks, policies and best practices and to foster public engagement or action. Wildfire abatement, for example, might include the design of promotional brochures explaining the necessity and encouraging the creation of defensible space.
Additionally, supportive programs might give residents the tools to carry out policy goals. For example, while the adoption of the Standard Plan Set A provides an implementation strategy for the retrofit of homes with a crawlspace, Berkeley’s Tool Lending Library offers homeowners the means-in-hand for getting retrofits done.
Sometimes, supplemental programs support the work of cities and counties. For example, in support of the city’s soft story ordinance, the San Francisco Department of Building Maintenance developed a database tracking tool, updated weekly, which indicates the status of nearly 5000 buildings that need to comply with the ordinance (e.g. permitted, under construction, in compliance).
Identifying those programs which can support resilience planning and policy goals can be challenging. We have compiled the following resources to suggest possibilities.
This spreadsheet collects a list of known programs local cities and jurisdictions have implemented to advance resilience in their communities as they put plans and policies into action. The spreadsheet includes plans and policies from multiple jurisdictions over multiple decades. Nonetheless, it is not intended to be comprehensive.
This website brings together several resources that homeowners and local governments, in support of homeowners, may find useful in putting resilience policy into action. With a strong emphasis on seismic hazard mitigation, it also includes resources related to other regional hazards. Key elements include:
- Home Quake Quiz, a tool for homeowners to understand the risks to their property and the steps they can take toward seismic hazard mitigation;
- Field Guide to Earthquake-Vulnerable Housing, a tool for identifying housing types and vulnerabilities;
- Resources, a collection of resources related to a wider set of regional hazards, directed toward homeowners.