Bay Area Planning Directors Association, Fall General Membership Meeting, Outsmarting Disaster: The Planning Professional’s Role in Disaster Recovery

APA California Chapter, Northern Section


Friday, November 2, 2018, 8:30 a.m.
Wednesday, October 31, 2018, 1:30 p.m. PDT

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Over the next 30 years, the Bay Area is likely to experience a major earthquake along the Hayward Fault. All residents should make some level of preparation regarding their immediate safety, and have 3-days’ worth of water, food and other necessary provisions. As residents in our region and land use professionals, what is the anticipated role of land use planners in recovery efforts? The North Bay Fires of 2017 have provided a recent look at how local and regional governments respond and coordinate in the aftermath of a major disaster. Borrowing from the HayWired Scenario work of USGS, the Fall 2018 BAPDA General Membership meeting, Outsmarting Disaster, is intended to provide guidance and perspective around the professional role of planners and city/county agencies surrounding disaster recovery.

Panels will feature speakers with experience and expertise in disaster recovery efforts and other professionals from the policy, NGO and economic aspects of disaster recovery. Much can be done now in preparedness, including policies to protect the Bay Area’s most vulnerable housing stock, initiating coordination with local and county emergency operation centers, and developing the long-term relationships needed at the regional, state and federal levels.

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Aaron Aknin, AICP

Aaron is with City of Redwood City.

Laurie Johnson, FAICP

Laurie is with Laurie Johnson Consulting.

Malinda Matson

Malida is with US Economic Development Administration. Read More

Pete Parkinson, FAICP

Pete is a Planning Consultant.

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Hing Wong,