Our Mission

The Bay Area Center for Regional Disaster Resilience (BACRDR) mobilizes, empowers, and enables public, private, and non-profit organizations to work together to build resilient communities that can withstand and bounce back from adversity and all-hazards events stronger than before.

BACRDR is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) public benefit corporation. We are partnering with local, state, and federal government agencies, and private sector and non-profit stakeholders to build a Resilient Bay Area. Our activities focus on improving disaster preparedness, response, recovery, and long-term restoration; regional infrastructure interdependencies, cyber security and resilience, information sharing and situational awareness; disaster mitigation, community health resilience, energy resilience, business continuity/economic resilience; and training, education, and exercises.


What We Do

1. Provide education and training to enable understanding of consequences of natural and manmade events and disasters, including climate change extreme events, pandemics and other health events; cyber-attacks and disruptions; chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear incidents; aging and deteriorating infrastructures; and emerging technological threats.

2. Build and foster collaboration and trusted information sharing among diverse organizations and interests to enable and sustain a continuous process to enhance regional and community resilience.

3. Work with stakeholders to identify needs and gaps and secure necessary resources to undertake priority improvement activities in partnership with interested organizations and associations.

4. Serve as an impartial forum for government, industry, and community leaders to discuss issues of mutual concern and potential courses of action.

5. Help practitioners, experts, and policymakers through providing guidance and informational resources to address pressing resilience needs, with particular focus on community organizations and groups and at-risk populations.

How We Do It


Takes a holistic, multistep approach to building resilience through developing stakeholder-validated action plans of “quick wins” and longer term activities that can be incorporated into jurisdiction, private sector, and non-profit plans and operations.

Develops and conducts workshops, exercises, roundtables, and other events on issues to examine resilience challenges, illuminate available capabilities, and highlight gaps and new or changing resilience priorities.

Establishes and facilitates work groups of interested stakeholders to explore resilience issues and potential solutions, define requirements, and review and validate resilience improvement activities.

Seeks out other like-minded organizations for partnering and sponsorship on all aspects of resilience.

Provides management and oversight of resilience projects and activities.


Paula L. Scalingi, Ph.D. Executive Director

Dr. Scalingi since 2001 has worked nationwide with stakeholders to improve disaster resilience and infrastructure security, facilitating development and implementation of regional resilience strategies and activities. She serves as Executive Director of the Bay Area Center for Regional Disaster Resilience, as President, The Scalingi Group, LLC, and as Adjunct Associate Professor at Georgetown University Medical Center, where she teaches on Community Resilience. From 2006 to 2011, Dr. Scalingi was Director of the Center for Regional Disaster Resilience for the Pacific NorthWest Economic Region, a consortium of 10 states and provinces, helping local and state agencies and the broader stakeholder communities in the Puget Sound Region and the broader Pacific Northwest undertake and sustain numerous activities to improve all-hazards resilience. She has served on the Board of Directors for San Francisco Community Agencies Responding to Disasters (SF CARD) and is First Vice-Chair of The Infrastructure Security Partnership (TISP), a national association representing the engineering and built environment communities. She was lead/integrator for TISP’s 2011 Regional Disaster Resilience Guide, for which she received TISP's 2010 and 2013 Volunteer of the Year Awards. Dr. Scalingi previously served as: Director, U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Critical Infrastructure Protection; Director, Decision and Information Sciences Division at Argonne National Laboratory and as Director of ANL’s Infrastructure Assurance Center, and was Technical Liaison for the President’s Commission on Critical Infrastructure Protection; Senior Strategic Affairs Advisor and Director of Public Information at the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency; professional staff member for the U.S. House of Representatives Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence; and as an analyst for the Central Intelligence Agency.

Gerald P. Kiernan, Ph.D. Deputy Executive Director and Chief Scientist

Dr. Kiernan has assisted federal agencies, state and local governments, businesses, and other organizations to examine and improve resilience against bio-attacks and pandemics and other WMD incidents; develop a broad resilience and preparedness strategy for a regional response to a potential major flood scenario; examine and test the resilience of the Internet Registry System, and he has assisted states and local governments to examine and improve energy assurance. Dr. Kiernan is a 30-year veteran of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and former senior manager for the federal government, managing programs focusing on nuclear, radiological, and biological nonproliferation and counter-terrorism, and associated security issues. After retiring from the Laboratory in 2008 he served as the Chief Scientist for the Pacific Northwest Economic Region focusing on regional resilience threats, vulnerabilities, and consequences and potential all-hazards mitigation priorities. While a scientist at LLNL, Dr. Kiernan served on assignment as the Director of the Department of Energy’s $300 million Nonproliferation Research and Development program, and in various arms control treaty negotiations. He also served at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and was involved in the planning and analysis leading to the principal Presidential Directives on counterterrorism and critical infrastructure protection. In addition to his BACRDR responsibilities, Dr. Kiernan serves as Vice President of The Scalingi Group, LLC.