The City of Santa Rosa is excited to announce the launch of its new neighborhood disaster preparedness pilot program, Neighborfest. Neighborfest offers neighborhoods the chance to come together, have fun, and build a stronger, more prepared and connected community. The Neighborfest pilot program officially kicked off Saturday, June 8, 2019 with the first event taking place in the Junior College Neighborhood.
Neighborfest is part of the Resilient Neighborhoods Network (RN2), a community powered framework for resilience and engagement modeled after San Francisco's Neighborhood Empowerment Network (NEN) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Whole Community concept of preparedness as a shared responsibility.
“Research has shown that the more connected neighbors are to each other, the stronger their resilience is after an emergency,” stated Mayor Tom Schwedhelm. “The Neighborfest pilot program allows for our community to do just that by bringing people together to build social cohesion in local neighborhoods. We hope this program will help to foster networks of better prepared residents, and in turn, a more resilient Santa Rosa.”
The Neighborfest pilot program, which has been made possible through generous support from the Community Foundation of Sonoma County, Healthcare Foundation of Northern Sonoma County, and the United Way of the Wine Country, will run through August 2019 and events will be held throughout Santa Rosa.
“The City is grateful for the generous support and collaboration we have received from our incredible community partners. The Neighborfest model of engaging residents to create connected, prepared, and resilient neighborhoods, would not be possible without the assistance we’ve received,” said City Manager Sean McGlynn.
Participating neighborhoods consist of Host Committees who are responsible for planning their own Neighborfest events. In return, neighborhoods receive a map of neighborhood assets and resources, a mini-grant of up to $2,500, and access to assistance and resources from the City of Santa Rosa. For a complete list of participating neighborhoods, Neighborfest dates, and to learn more about Neighborfest, visit srcity.org/Neighborfest.