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Fall Preview: Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Response Training

MV-22 Osprey in Flight

The MV-22 is the Marine Corps new tilt-rotor aircraft and is capable of taking off and landing like a helicopter but with the speed of an airplane.

San Franciscans have come to count on many things when Fall rolls around:  the Summer, the Giants in the playoffs, and the Blue Angels streaking across our skyline.  Summer? Check!  The Giants and Blue Angels? I guess we’ll have to wait until next year for another Orange October and our beloved airshow.

But again… We have the summer AND we can also count on a coordinated response between our first responders and the military following a catastrophic disaster.

The Bay Area received a sneak preview of the humanitarian assistance and disaster response exercises scheduled to take place from October 7 to October 12.  San Francisco firefighters, paramedics, and EMTs practiced casualty evacuation on the Marine Corps new MV-22 Osprey aircraft.

Since 2010, San Francisco has conducted joint humanitarian aid and disaster response exercises during Fleet Week.  The interoperable exercises allow civilian first responders and emergency management officials the opportunity to train with military units tasked with providing assistance and relief during a catastrophic event like an earthquake.  Although the events most commonly associated with Fleet Week are not available this year due to sequestration, the San Francisco Center for Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Response, San Francisco Department of Emergency Management, United States Coast Guard, and the military worked together to ensure this critical training continued to take place.  

DEMers Stand Proud with the Marines.  Photo by Michael Mustacchi

DEMers Stand Proud with the Marines. Photo by Michael Mustacchi

Humanitarian assistance and disaster response exercises will continue in San Francisco from October 7 through October 12.  The week’s events will include urban search and rescue training, joint diving demonstrations, a medical exchange, canine exhibitions, and a Senior Leaders Seminar on humanitarian assistance and disaster response.  Visit for more information.

Progressive Preparedness is so San Francisco


We believe in connection, not catastrophe.

Here’s the thing: actual emergencies look more like people coming together than cities falling apart. And people who are more connected fare better in times of crisis.

By building connections and preparing for emergencies before something happens to the city we love, we can act swiftly, safely, and efficiently. And we can get through that first 72 hours, as a community. This is what it means to prepare…progressively.

Please join us this fall as we take San Francisco on a new kind of preparedness journey— a journey that has no interest in a looming disaster as the reason to get prepared, but rather the peace of mind that comes from taking some simple steps to be better prepared in the face of any emergency—big or small. And the resilience that comes from being a part of a prepared and connected San Francisco community.


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