DEM on Storm Preparedness
Never ones to pass up a chance to promote disaster preparedness, DEM was pleased to participate in the July 18 hearing at the Board of Supervisors Neighborhood Services and Safety Committee on Storm Preparedness and Response. DEM works closely with the Public Utilities Commission, Department of Public Works, Municipal Transportation Agency and other city agencies to help prepare San Francisco for potential flooding, debris, power outages, and traffic impacts of major storms.
How DEM sends public information, notification and/or warnings:
DEM also use several communications tools to keep the public informed during storms, and any major disaster, including:
- AlertSF – (www.alertsf.org)
- Twitter – @sf_emergency
- Sirens – 113 in our Outdoor Public Warning System
- Wireless Emergency Alerts – direct to cell phones
DEM also has an assigned Duty Officer who monitors emergency situations and provides information updates to key city officials 24X7. Our 9-1-1 dispatch center handles almost all incoming emergency calls from the public, can take calls in more than 170 languages, and dispatches all Police, Fire, and Emergency Medical services in San Francisco.
After the storm:
After a storm, fire, or other emergency that destroys housing, DEM coordinates closely with the Human Services Agency, American Red Cross, and the San Francisco Housing Authority to ensure a safe place to stay for any displaced San Franciscans. We also work with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to get reimbursement for San Francisco for certain costs incurred from storm damage or for extraordinary efforts made by the city to respond to the disaster.
We are very grateful to Supervisor Eric Mar for shining a spotlight on all that the city can do to get ready for the next big storm season this fall.