1906 San Francisco Earthquake and Fire: Recovery History Discovered

107 years ago today the Great San Francisco Earthquake and Fire occurred. As we commemorate this significant San Francisco anniversary, this post from the archives shares a story about how San Francisco Department of Health historical documents about the 1906 earthquake and fire recovery were discovered and preserved.

San Francisco DEM

 As we commemorate the 1906 Earthquake and Fire, which took place at 5:12 a.m. 106 years ago today, we have a special DEM Blog written by the DEM Emergency Medical Services Administrator, Stephen LaPlante, sharing his personal story about finding a nugget of 1906 San Francisco Earthquake and Fire history.


Stephen La Plante, DEM Emergency Medical Services Administrator

It was a chilly San Francisco spring night in 1993. I was, among other things, the Building Superintendent of the San Francisco Department of Public Health  (DPH) Central Office. I had issued a contract for asbestos removal the following day in a long forgotten basement storeroom. The room was filled with decades of payroll records for Laguna Honda Hospital. However, my gut told me that there were possibly other historically significant documents in the room.

My good friend, the City’s Asbestos Control Manager…

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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.

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