Natural disasters are increasing in severity and frequency here in California and around the nation, generating housing instability as well as physical, mental, and financial stress for residents of affected areas. However, these impacts are not borne equally. Frontline communities – including low-income people, communities of color, people with disabilities, and seniors – are most vulnerable to catastrophe, least able to rebound, and often skipped over as recovery plans take shape. Before the next disaster strikes, we must redesign resilience planning and disaster recovery processes so that frontline communities have more agency and power in wielding the tools and strategies that can reduce their vulnerability and speed their recovery.
On June 17th, please join Enterprise Community Partners, PolicyLink, Northern California Grantmakers, and the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco as we convene key stakeholders in Northern California to begin the conversation about ensuring equity and agency for frontline communities in resilience planning and disaster recovery. The day’s agenda will include dialogue with local and national leaders to share lessons and insights gleaned from recent disasters, and forward-looking discussions about how to ensure that future disaster-related planning processes support inclusive and equitable communities.