This page contains links to information that elected officials and staff may find helpful in the aftermath of the North Bay Fires, including tools for recovery and rebuilding, funding opportunities, and other support. While many of these tools are not wildfire specific, the lessons learned can be applied across different disaster types. This page will be updated on a regular basis as new information becomes available.

For more information, contact Dana Brechwald (Resilience Planner) (415) 820-7920.

North Bay Fire Recovery

We have continued to consult with our public sector colleagues in Sonoma and Napa counties about how ABAG and MTC can assist in the recovery and reconstruction efforts that are now underway. We have focused on the hardest hit areas of the City of Santa Rosa. Former ABAG executive director Henry Gardner is under contract to provide peer-to-peer assistance to officials in Santa Rosa given Henry’s experience as city manager during the 1991 Oakland Hills Fire. We have offered to dedicate staff resources from our resiliency team for the next several months as reconstruction efforts ramp up. We are also exploring with our Sonoma partners various grant opportunities – both public and private, both for planning and capital construction – that MTC could provide from its own portfolio of funding programs or from various near-term state discretionary funding opportunities. Executive Director’s Report, ABAG Executive Board Meeting, MTC Commission Meeting.

2017 North Bay Wildfire Affected Areas (Map)

Tools for Recovery Governance

Disaster Resilience: A National Imperative (Executive Summary)
Planning for Post-Disaster Recovery: Next Generation Report
Launching Community Recovery Checklist

Economic Recovery

Restoring Regional Economies in the Wake of Disaster
Disaster Recovery Community Development Block Grant Programs – Hurricane Katrina
Cedar Rapids, Iowa Recovery and Reinvestment Coordinating Team Progress Report
The Northridge Earthquake, USA and its Economic and Social Impacts
Disaster Recovery: Past Experiences Offer Insights for Recovering from Hurricanes Ike and Gustav and Other Recent Natural Disasters
One Year Later: The Fiscal Impact of 9/11 on New York City

Funding Opportunities

FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grant Funding — Key Deadline is November 1, Notice of Intent Due
Fire Management Assistance Grants available for the following fires/counties:

Tools for Rebuilding and Rethinking

Post Disaster Redevelopment Planning: A Guide for Florida Communities
Chapter 5: A Planner’s Tool Kit from Planning for Post-Disaster Recovery and Reconstruction
Issuing Building Permits from Earthquake Recovery: A Survival Manual for Local Government
Center for Rebuilding Sustainable Communities after Disasters
After Wildfire: A Guide for New Mexico Communities
Community Recovery Management Toolkit
SPUR’s On Solid Ground: How Good Land Use Planning Can Prepare the Bay Area for a Strong Disaster Recovery

Incorporating Mitigation into Rebuilding

Wildfire, Wildlands, and People: Understanding and Preparing for Wildfire in the Wildland-Urban Interface
Managing Fire in the Urban Wildland Interface (K. Blonski, C. Miller, C. Rice, 2010)
U.S. Fire Administration Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) Toolkit

Case Studies and Additional Thinking

The Resilient City: Safe Enough to Stay
The Resilient City: The Culture of Preparedness
The Resilient City: The Hub Concept
The Resilient City: Rebuilding our Transportation Infrastructure
Post-Earthquake Housing Recovery: San Antonio/Fruitvale Neighborhoods Design Charrette Recommendations
Reconstruction of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina: A Research Perspective
The Unified New Orleans Plan: Citywide Strategic Recovery and Rebuilding Plan
Lessons in Community Recovery: Seven Years of Emergency Support Function #14 Long-Term Community Recovery from 2004 to 2011
A Community Pulls Together for Wildfire Recovery
Last modified: 09.17.2018