Lifelines are the systems and facilities that provide services vital to the function of an industrialized society and important to the emergency response and recovery after a natural disaster. These systems and facilities include communication, electric power, liquid fuel, natural gas, transportation (airports, highways, ports, rail and transit), water, and wastewater.
Lifelines Restoration Performance Project
Following a disaster, the timely restoration and recovery of hospitals, homes, businesses, non-profit organizations and government of San Francisco depend on lifeline systems such as transportation, communication, water and wastewater, electricity, natural gas, and fuel. City efforts to improve community resilience and the performance of buildings following an earthquake cannot be met without the complementary performance of lifelines.
The Lifelines Restoration Performance Project establishes restoration performance goals and evaluates the current state of performance in a major earthquake for lifeline systems serving San Francisco. Understanding the gap between current and desired performance will allow us to determine what measures are needed to meet our restoration goals.
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