San Francisco’s Business Recovery Managers Recognize DEM
Earlier this month, the San Francisco Department of Emergency Management (DEM) was named the recipient of the BRMA 2013 Annual Award of Excellence. The Business Recovery Managers Association (BRMA) is Northern California’s largest association of business continuity and recovery professionals. At the organization’s annual year-end lunch, DEM was honored with the award in recognition for its “tireless work toward protecting the residents and guests of San Francisco, and for their outstanding work in continuing to enhance Public/Private Sector partnerships.”
Aside from the ongoing efforts to respond to everyday emergencies across the city, 2012 was a busy year for San Francisco’s emergency managers and first responders with a slate of citywide special events that challenged the city’s resources and tested its capabilities. The year started with the San Francisco 49ers playoff bid, and continued throughout 2012 with perennial events like Bay-to-Breakers, San Francisco Fleet Week, and 4th of July celebrations; and culminated with the Giant’s World Series victory and parade. In 2012, the city also celebrated the 75th anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge and hosted the America’s Cup races, which will continue through September of next year. These events were a success due to the cooperative efforts of the city’s family of agencies, DEM, and private sector partners. Representatives from DEM also joined a team of California emergency managers to assist in the response and initial recovery to superstorm Sandy.
BRMA’s recognition of DEM signifies the importance of the partnership that has been built with San Francisco’s business sector. Since 2008, DEM has focused on private sector partnerships to connect the preparedness and response efforts with the resources, capabilities, and situational awareness of our local business community. In 2012, that included integrating trained volunteers from the business community in the Community Branch of the Emergency Operations Center during planned events (such as Bay to Breakers, the Pride Parade, and Fleet Week). The private sector is also integrated into the exercises that were held in preparation for the America’s Cup races.
DEM Deputy Director, Rob Dudgeon accepted the award on behalf of DEM. He expressed gratitude on behalf of DEM’s Executive Director Anne Kronenberg, and the entire department. He reminded those assembled of the importance of how this partnership advances the Whole Community approach to emergency management and DEM’s unceasing commitment to establish and nurture cross-sector partnerships that benefit our San Francisco community. DEM is honored to join the ranks among the prior BRMA Award of Excellence recipients including SF CARD, the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA), and Levi Strauss and Company.