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:

How DEM (AKA @sf_emergency on Twitter) shares public information about storms.

How DEM (AKA @sf_emergency on Twitter) shares public information about storms.

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.

Amiee Alden on SFGOV TV talking about storm preparedness in San Francisco.

Amiee Alden, author of this post and who presented during the hearing, on SFGOV TV talking about storm preparedness in San Francisco.

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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 July 22, 2013, in Alert and Warning, Preparedness, Resilience, Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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