The City of Berkeley proudly announced today that the Rockefeller Foundation announced today that the City of Berkeley was to be an inaugural member of the 100 Resilient Cities Network. The $100 million commitment to build resilience in 100 cities around the world begins with the 33 cities selected this year, Berkeley being among the 33 with the remaining 67 to be selected over the next two years.
The Rockefeller Foundation describes resilience as "the ability of a community to withstand shocks while still maintaining its essential functions and to recover quickly and effectively." The City of Berkeley announced it will receive two years funding for the purpose of a full time staff person dedicated to coordinating the City's resilience efforts with the implementation of the draft Local Hazard Mitigation Plan. This would "advance local climate adaptation strategies and efforts related to disaster preparedness."
The 33 cities already awarded will gain access to technical assistance and financing designed to advance local resilience planning and action. "In addition, Berkeley will benefit from the best practices and lessons learned associated with participating in a global network of cities working to improve urban resilience," the City Manager Christine Daniel reported with this announcement. The City of Berkeley is very proud of this acknowledgement of Berkeley's commitment to emergency preparedness, and looks to future proposals and direction toward the goals described by the Rockefeller Foundation.