Marin County is home to some of the most spectacular scenery in Northern California but runs the risk of flooding due to low elevations and climate change. The City of San Rafael recognizes that being prepared for the future means adapting.
Studies consistently show that those who are more connected to others are more resilient, happy, and healthy. One of the most important things we can do to promote resilience in the face of stress and disruption is to connect with others. Here are some ways you can build community and individual resilience. Remember, you don't need to do it all, just do one thing to start.
This is Marin's premier climate and resilience organization, helping neighbors connect to reduce their carbon footprint while preparing for disaster. And it's fun! (and free). Sign up for a class series. We how much more we accomplish when we do it with a coach and peer support. Resilient Neighborhoods Website.
Community Emergency Response Training (CERT)
Not only is this great for learning how to prepare yourself and your neighborhood to respond during a disaster, you also get to use a fire extinguisher! This class is worth it for the stories and learning, but the training and supplies you get are amazing. San Rafael CERT web page.
We often think about sandbags and evacuation routes, but did you know that the trauma of surviving a major disaster lasts for years, sometimes a lifetime? Transformational resilience is a program to prepare for psychological and emotional resilience. Transformational Resilience website.
All businesses are vulnerable to property damage, business interruption, and changes in transportation, electricity, and water utilities services. It is important to take climate change into account as it affects a company’s operations, value chain, and broader commercial environment.
Businesses are better able to manage risks by incorporating adaptation measures. For local businesses, there are a variety of programs and organizations that exist to build local resiliency through education and free trainings.
Adaptation in 5 easy steps:
- Ensure staff members are trained in disaster preparedness and sites are well equipped for emergencies.
- Get engaged with local adaptation efforts to build neighborhood resilience.
- Sign up for the American Red Cross Ready Rating Program.
- Understand your business’ exposure and vulnerability to climate change.
- Include climate change vulnerability in your risk assessment.
- We offer disaster preparedness information and training.
- FEMA provides business training resources. Training is essential to ensure that everyone knows what to do in an emergency or disruption of business operations.
- The American Red Cross Ready Rating Program is a membership program that helps businesses become better prepared for emergencies. Membership is free and the program is self-paced. The program provides tips and best practices for emergency preparedness.
- Increase the resiliency of your business by starting a Resilient Neighborhoods team. Teams meet 5 times during lunch breaks and review carbon reducing and emergency preparedness actions.