Monthly Archives: October 2012


Today marks the 23rd anniversary of the Loma Prieta earthquake. Although this earthquake may not be one of recent memory, it still remains one of the most significant disasters to have occurred in the Bay Area (and California at large). And the memories from those of us who experience the earthquake first hand are fresh, which is why we are dedicating this em4SF blog today, and through the rest of this commemorative week, to story telling around Loma Prieta Earthquake. Today, on the anniversary, we are sharing  a first hand account of the Loma Prieta Earthquake from then Mayor Art Agnos.

We hope you will take a few minutes to listen to his account and take this anniversary as a good reminder to recommitt to preparing for an emergency–no matter how big or small–and visit to learn how.

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It’s Fleet Week!

For the past several years, DEM has worked in partnership with the San Francisco Fleet Week Association and the United States Armed Services to coordinate the highly regarded annual event: San Francisco Fleet Week.  This year, our partnership has expanded to include a peer to peer medical exchange exercise called a MEDEX, which includes two significant components, each occurring on Wednesday, October 3rd:

  1.  A disaster response medical patient movement training exercise that will include two helicopters landing and loading in the parking lot located at Sunset Boulevard and Lake Merced Boulevard. The exercise at this location will last only about one hour. The exercise is a vital part of the ability for San Francisco to respond to and recover from a disaster such as a major earthquake [THIS ACTIVITY IS UNIQUE BECAUSE IT INVOLVES HELICOPTERS LANDING AT SUNSET BOULEVARD AND LAKE MERCED BOULEVARD BETWEEN 11 AM and 1 PM AND IS ONLY A DRILL.]
  2. A peer-to-peer medical exchange involving a Navy watercraft, known as a Landing Craft Air Cushion, landing at Ocean Beach from 10-11 am. This exercise will simulate patient movement following a large-scale disaster, and will include a briefing, information exchange, and demonstration of military medical capabilities. [THIS ACTIVITY IS UNIQUE BECAUSE IT INVOLVES A NAVY WATERCRAFT LANDING AT OCEAN BEACH FROM 10-11 AM AND IS ONLY A DRILL.]

More about the MDEX Program:

A key component of the MEDEX is the arrival of a Navy Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC) operating from the USS Makin Island (LHD 8), when the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps team will deliver emergency supplies to Ocean Beach. LCAC is at Ocean Beach from 10-11 am, Wednesday, October 3rd.

The Navy LCAC is an amphibious military vehicle that provides a high speed, over-the-horizon transport of cargo, vehicles, and personnel from Navy ships at sea to beaches and other landing sites.  The Navy and Marine Corps used the LCAC to deliver equipment and supplies to Louisiana following Hurricane Katrina, to deliver fire suppression apparatus to Catalina Island, and to support disaster relief missions around the world.

Following a major disaster in San Francisco that makes roads and bridges impassible, Navy LCACs and other amphibious vehicles and aircraft could deliver critical personnel, supplies, and equipment from Navy ships at sea.  This exercise will demonstrate the humanitarian assistance and disaster relief capabilities of the Navy and Marine Corps team to deploy the LCAC to deliver emergency supplies, in this case to a Marine Corps Shock Trauma Platoon (STP).  The STP, which will also be demonstrated at Ocean Beach, has the unique capability to establish a mobile surgery center within hours of a major disaster to provide medical attention to those in need.

For more information, check out, call 311, send a direct message to @sf_emergency or comment to this DEM Blog.