3-Minute Interview: Lynn Fritz

The director of the San Francisco-based nonprofit Fritz Institute was awarded the first University of San Francisco California Prize for Service and the Common Good. Fritz will be honored at a dinner tonight.

What is the BayPrep Initiative? A group of really concerned philanthropists asked us to create standards and measurements in preparation work for a disaster. What they saw was, although there were many plans for disaster, there really was no preparation for community-based organizations.

What kind of standards and measurements? The material is one part of it. Most of it is, is your building going to be standing? Is your business going to be in business the following day? … People have to have a place to work from. Whatever space they operate from has to be in order. No. 2, a big one here in San Francisco: Most people that work in community-based organizations, operations and police don’t live in San Francisco. They have to have different staffs available to operate.

How are San Francisco organizations measuring up? They’re faring well. There’s a high consciousness around disasters. … There’s been a good amount of energy. What there hasn’t been is, “Let’s put the pieces together.”

Are they completely up to speed? They’re still vulnerable, but with the work done so far by many of the key organizations, their chances are literally growing by the day. … It’s really unprecedented that this kind of stuff is happening.

When will results be announced? We should have our first couple of organizations that have come up to these standards by June or July.

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