Goal HQL-9: Build a foundation for community resilience to future threats and challenges to help ensure the City of Hayward will be able to respond and recover as quickly as possible to such threats and challenges.
Community resiliency is a measure of the sustained ability of a community to use available resources to respond to, withstand, and recover from natural and manmade disasters and other adverse situations, such as economic hardship. Healthy communities are resilient communities that have the necessary tools to confront challenges of climate instability, rising energy costs, and economic recession. The policies in this section support a more resilient community that is better prepared to respond to future threats and challenges.
Several policies in the Hazards Element also support a more resilient community by addressing flooding, sea level rise, and other hazards. Policies in the Economic Development Element support a more resilient economy.
The City shall strive to create a strong and resilient community and region that can withstand or accommodate change and respond to challenges.
The City shall support residents and organizations efforts to mobilize assets and improve social support networks to improve local preparedness and respond to and recover from incidents.
The City shall work with residents and businesses to identify priorities for organizing support, implementing programs, and evaluating outcomes of resilience efforts.
The City shall encourage a diversity of businesses and employers and expanded tax base to protect the community from economic shocks and recessions and ensure the City can continue providing adequate services.
The City shall continue to assess and monitor risks from local environmental (e.g., flooding, earthquake) and man-made hazards and work with community groups and State and regional agencies to prepare residents, business, and visitors in the event of an incident.
The City shall continue to encourage residents and businesses to use less gasoline for transportation, and improve energy efficiency in and renewable energy generation from buildings and industry processes to reduce impacts from rising oil and energy prices.
The City shall examine the potential long-term impacts of climate change on social, economic, and environmental well-being of the city of Hayward.
The City shall address climate adaptation in all disaster preparedness and emergency response plans.
The City shall support plans, standards, regulation, incentives, and investments to reduce the impacts of climate change on those populations most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change.