This initiative facilitates hazard-vulnerable jurisdictions at the local level to identify and tackle key priorities that can demonstrably mitigate disaster impacts and strengthen resilience. The centerpiece of this initiative is a program that helps cities create understanding and political will to increase resilience, promotes cross-jurisdictional collaboration at the regional level, and supports specific action-planning and implementation.
With a vision that all Californians have safe, equitable, and sustainable communities, the CERC works as a state to create economic and social prosperity with regards to environmental and natural hazards. Key priorities include updating statewide seismic building codes, addressing the statewide understanding of natural hazard risk, and addressing critical infrastructure.
Through the innovative “Seven Steps for Community Resilience,” the Center is pioneering programs for community organizations to strengthen those organizations before a natural disaster so they can support their communities after the disaster strikes. This effort focuses on communities that often do not have access to information about their risks and what can be done about them.
The Center has programs to develop skills among scientists through communication training including in the use of science to build resilience by civic and community leaders, as well as a Center Fellowship Program for early career scientists interested in science application. Further, the Center hosts an Intersection Series featuring experts from various sectors lending their perspectives on the role of science and resilience in the world. Each year, the Center will also host the Science and Society Summit, a public convening,to present the latest ideas on how communities can be more resilient in the face of natural hazards.