Monthly Archives: August 2013

Hazard Mitigation Plan Update

The San Francisco Department of Emergency Management (SFDEM) is looking for your input on the City’s Hazard Mitigation Plan. The existing plan was approved in 2009 and must be updated every five years.

The Hazard Mitigation Plan describes our City’s natural and human-made hazards, identifies actions we can take to reduce their effects, and establishes a process for implementing the plan.  An approved plan makes San Francisco eligible for federal hazard and flood mitigation grant funding before and after a Presidentially-declared disaster.

How can you help?
We’re looking for feedback on both the existing and updated plans, and on how you like to receive information on hazards and preparedness.

To review San Francisco’s existing plan visit  Comments on the plan should be sent to Comments on the existing plan will be accepted through September 30.  A revised Hazard Mitigation Plan will be released for comment in October.

SFDEM appreciates your participation!  As partners in updating the Hazard Mitigation Plan, we can think through and better prepare for the hazards we face together.

DEM’s 2012-2013 Annual Report is Here!

As we begin a new fiscal year in San Francisco, we are pleased to share with you our 2012-2013 Annual Report. Don’t let the simple title fool you; DEM has done a lot of cool stuff throughout the last year, so thanks in advance for taking some time to learn about DEM’s key initiatives and accomplishments!

2012-2013 Annual Report Screenshot

Safe Passwording

This morning DEM’s @sf_emergency tweeted a link promoting a weight loss fruit.  Although we are all for healthy living, @sf_emergency does not share information of this nature nor would it ever.  So what happened? The simple answer: we were hacked. A fairly innocuous hack, but none-the-less our social media/cyber security was compromised. And we take this seriously as @sf_emergency is a trusted resource for San Francisco’s emergency notifications, alerts and warnings.  Unfortunately, hacking…happens.  Case in point: last April the Associated Press experienced a far more serious security breach to their Twitter feed stating there were two explosions at the White House and the President was injured.

AP Hack Tweet

So, what are we doing about this morning’s hack? We’re taking a good look at our social media security practices, and one most significant (and easy) step we’re undergoing is to bolster our password security.

How can we all learn from this? Change your passwords regularly! Here’s some pointers when it comes to safe passwording:

  • Create tough passwords for hackers to crack and don’t reuse your passwords across multiple sites
  • Use long passwords, 12 characters or more, when allowed to
  • Avoid words associated with the site or directly with yourself
  • Avoid common words, such as password or 12345, etc

And a special thanks to our followers who noticed this morning’s errant tweet: thank you for speaking up!