Disaster Recovery Framework
Modeled on the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) National Disaster Recovery Framework, a local Disaster Recovery Framework will be created to guide both pre- and post-event recovery activities to help ensure that San Francisco can launch an effective recovery following a major disaster, which will help expedite the restoration of services, encourage residents and businesses to stay, and establish confidence in local decision-making. The Framework will include descriptions of the roles and responsibilities of City departments, authorizing bodies, state and federal agencies, as well as community stakeholders in supporting recovery. Recovery Support Function (RSFs) action plans will define the core recovery goals and actions of City agencies and supporting organizations.
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. Furthermore, City efforts to improve community resilience and improve the performance of buildings following an earthquake cannot be met without the complementary performance of lifelines.
Analyzing and characterizing the resilience of interdependent infrastructure systems and the broader impact of their failure is a complex problem. The Lifelines Restoration Performance Project will develop a simple infrastructure resilience assessment framework to establish performance goals - that is, desired targets for system recovery timelines following a scenario earthquake event, and evaluate the current state of performance for specific systems in that earthquake. Understanding the gap between current and desired performance will allow us to determine what measures are needed to improve performance to meet our goals. We will accomplish this evaluation through interviews with lifeline providers and key stakeholders, use of previously performed or ongoing infrastructure system assessments and models, and workshops or exercises.