Tis the Season for Spring Preparedness!

With this week being Tsunami Preparedness Week (March 25-31) and April 18th marking the 106th anniversary the San Francisco Earthquake and Fire, DEM considers spring to be a  season of preparedness.

The Golden Hydrant in Dolores Park, which gets a fresh coat of gold paint every April 18th to commemorate the 1906 Earthquake and Fire.

We hope this spring you and yours will build upon your preparedness and resilience—whether by visiting 72hours.org to develop your emergency plan; downloading SF Heroes to your smart phone to test your preparedness know-how; registering for AlertSF, our text-based message system that delivers emergency information to cell phones and other text-enabled devices, as well as email accounts—there are many simple and often immediate ways to enhance your preparedness and resilience. We also highly encourage you to become a trained member of San Francisco’s Neighborhood Emergency Response Teams (NERT).

There also are numerous special events and initiatives taking place this spring to promote San Francisco’s preparedness and resilience. Here’s a snap shot of some of these great events and we hope to ‘see’ you there!

NERTCitywide Drill

April 14, 2012 at Everette Middle School located at 450 Church St. from 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

San Francisco Neighborhood Emergency Response Team (NERT) members from all over the city will meet to put their training into action in this three-hour drill. At the drill, NERT volunteers practice search and rescue techniques, triaging injured victims, setting up staging areas, and other essential disaster response skills. The drill commemorates the 1906 Great San Francisco Earthquake and Fire. NERT has held annual citywide drills since 1992; approximately 300 volunteers participate in the April Drill each year. Since the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake, NERT has trained over 22,000 citizens to assist the San Francisco Fire Department after a severe earthquake or other major emergency by taking care of themselves, their families, and their neighbors.

Save-A-Life Saturday

April 14, 2012 at the Salvation Army, Chinatown located at 1450 Powell St.

Cantonese only sessions: Three one-and-a-half hour sessions will be offered at 9 AM, 11 AM, and 2 PM
In honor of National Earthquake Preparedness Month, Save-A-Life Saturday 2012 will train Bay Area residents in lifesaving skills of disaster preparedness, basic first aid, hands-only CPR, and identifying and managing shock. The presentations are non-certified, shortened versions of Red Cross courses. The presentations, which are normally offered at a fee, will be free and offered multiple times throughout the day. To register for this event, please visit www.redcrossbayarea.org/savealife or call (415) 427-8911

Save-A-Life Saturday is a program of the Ready Neighborhoods initiative which works to empower target communities with the skills and resources they need to effectively prepare for and respond to emergencies


DEM dressed for the occasion to commemorate the 1906 Earthquake and Fire anniversary with San Francisco Fire Chief Hayes-White (center).

1906 Anniversary at Lotta’s Fountain
April 18, 2012 4:45am at 3rd and Market Street, San Francisco

On the anniversary of the Great Earthquake and Fire, San Franciscans gather around Lotta’s Fountain at 5:13 am to mark the exact time of the quake.

SPUR “Safe Enough to Stay” Exhibit
Runs through April 18, 2012 at the SPUR Urban Center, 654 Mission Street, San Francisco

The exhibition focuses on what steps can be taken now to ensure that homes are safe to occupy after an earthquake strikes. And what it will take to make sure our housing is Safe Enough to Stay. During this exhibition, the SPUR Urban Center gallery will be transformed to a post-earthquake state. See what damages an earthquake might cause and discover what materials you would need to survive as you shelter in place in a San Francisco studio apartment. The exhibition will also feature a simulation of a neighborhood emergency center, which would provide essential services and information for residents who remain in their homes. Learn about SPUR’s recommendations to help San Francisco achieve shelter in place standards and become a truly resilient city. For more information please visit SPUR Safe Enough to Stay.

SF DEM’s “Who are you Shopping for?” Emergency Supply Retailer Campaign
April 16 – April 30, 2012 at participating retailers

In an effort to promote awareness of what household items should be on hand during an emergency, DEM has developed a “Who Are You Shopping For?” campaign targeting the general public. The campaign entails providing signage to Walgreens, Safeway, Cole Hardware and a variety of other grocery stores along with post card handouts detailing an emergency supplies shopping list and “At a Glance” events.

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About sfdemkristin

A strong believer that we are more prepared than we think, Kristin advocates it is not a looming disaster that inspires us to prepare, but rather the peace of mind that comes from having taken a few simple steps in advance of an emergency to take care of our loved ones. Kristin can be found on Twitter @kristinlhogan.

Posted on March 26, 2012, in Preparedness, Resilience, Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. April is going to be an action packed month here in SF!

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