Local Government Resilience Toolkit


Project Overview

ABAG’s Local Government Resilience Toolkit will establish an inventory of tools and best practices that can be implemented by local governments both before and after an earthquake to build local resilience. The tools are largely sample ordinances, many of which are already in place at local jurisdictions around the Bay Area. The toolkit will also provide guidance documents for jurisdictions that provide basic facts on the tool, such as why it is needed and how it helps build resilience, steps for implementation, and case studies from jurisdictions who have the tool in place, highlighting the challenges they have faced and how they overcame them.

The goals of the project include building upon the positive momentum already begun by visionary cities within the Bay Area to enhance local resilience, encouraging a standard of policy across the region for all jurisdictions, providing a specific number of very concrete actions local governments can take to enhance their resilience both before and after an earthquake to build local resilience, and identifying and helping resolve barriers to local policy implementation.

Project Outcomes

  • Ordinance package accompanied by fact sheets that include information about the ordinance, why it is needed, guidelines for implementation, and case studies highlighting the challenges cities have had implementing ordinances and how they overcame them
  • National best practices beyond what the Bay Area is doing to bring innovation and new ideas to the Bay area
  • Identified areas for further study or work
  • Understanding and baseline knowledge of the state of the region in implementing resilience initiatives (intended to kick off the development of a database of regional resilience initiatives, updated every three years)

This project builds upon previous ABAG work, including the original Recovery Toolkit, developed for ABAG’s Fall 2012 General Assembly, and previously collected local ordinances, available here.

Regional input will be solicited through a Project Advisory Committee. The project will run from June 2014 through June 2015. Please email us if you have any questions about this project.

Meeting Agendas, Minutes, and Presentations

  • September 9, 2014 – Advisory Committee
Agenda | Presentation | Handouts
  • December 12, 2014 – Advisory Committee
Agenda | Presentation | Handouts

This project is generously funded by a grant from the USGS Earthquake Hazards Program and will be completed in Summer 2015.

Last modified: 02.13.2015