When SF Celebrates SF DEM Activates
San Francisco has no shortage of things to celebrate—most recently being the 49ers NFC Championship Game. Although we were disappointed our team lost the game, we do not see this as a total loss. Why? Because when the masses in San Francisco celebrate, we have cause to activate the City and County of San Francisco’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC). And activate our EOC is what we did to support the various coordination needs that arise with big events such as an NFC Championship game.
Most who have interacted with DEM Division of Emergency Services Director, Rob Dudgeon (AKA sfdemRob) have heard him refer to himself as “just a medic” (for those who don’t know Rob, he spent four years as an EMT and 15 years as a Paramedic before joining DEM). Rob sees these special events as opportunities to hone our skills as a local-level department of emergency management. “When I was training to become a medic, one of my instructors said it was better to learn how to read an X Ray without issues before learning to read one with issues” he says, “and the same rings true for us as emergency managers.”
So, DEM treats celebratory events of city-wide significance as opportunities to test our skills, plans and procedures so when we activate for an emergency or disaster, we are practiced, focused and confident.