Monthly Archives: January 2014

Bloody Mary, Chain Letters & Mobile 9-1-1 Calls

Urban legends… we’ve all heard them. Standing in front of a mirror and chanting “Bloody Mary” might bring you a gruesome looking guest. Breaking the chain and failing to forward an e-mail might keep your wish from coming true!

Calling 9-1-1 from a cell phone in San Francisco? Where does that call go? Many people think your call goes to California Highway Patrol. In reality your emergency call is answered by one of our dispatcher’s here in San Francisco.

San Francisco's 9-1-1 Dispatch Center

Calling 9-1-1 in SF on your cell? Your call comes SF’s 9-1-1 Dispatch Center ©Michael Mustacchi

So why the urban legend? That’s because in the past if you called 9-1-1 from your cell it would go to CHP dispatch center in Vallejo, which then re-directed the call to us. This changed when San Francisco became one of the first California cities to accept 9-1-1 calls from mobile phones. If you are on or near a freeway your call may still go to CHP. If this happens to you just ask to be transferred to San Francisco.

Want more 9-1-1 tips? Visit the San Francisco Department of Emergency Management!

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20 Years Ago: The Northridge Earthquake

1994 Northridge Earthquake

1994 Northridge Earthquake (FEMA NEWS PHOTO)

San Franciscans stand with our fellow Californians by remembering the 1994 Northridge Earthquake.  We remember the lives that were lost and those that were changed.  The magnitude 6.7 quake caused $25 billion in damage and was the costliest U.S. natural disaster at the time.  Northridge was a not so subtle reminder that we live in earthquake country (Universal City residents received a more subtle reminder this morning).  The 20th Anniversary of the Northridge Earthquake is also about saluting the resilient people that rebuilt their community and worked hard to return to normal life.

More Prepared

Whether you’re just starting out or a preparedness pro, gathering your emergency supplies and planning ahead is easy. A good rule of thumb is to have supplies for about 3 days, or 72 hours. You’ll be surprised at how much you already have. Take simple steps today on www.sf72.org to prepare and plan for any emergency.

Ready for more?  SFDEM encourages you to work with our partners to get even better prepared as a household, neighborhood, or community.

American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter provides a variety of training including first aid, CPR, and how to prepare for emergencies.

Neighborhood Empowerment Network equips SF neighborhoods with tools and programs designed to create safe, clean, and economically resilient communities.

San Francisco Neighborhood Emergency Response Team teaches emergency preparedness and response basics through free hands-on training so you are ready to take care of yourself and others.

Finally, the Earthquake Safety Implementation Program is hosting an Earthquake Retrofit Fair to help people put some backbone into San Francisco’s soft story buildings that can be vulnerable when the ground starts shaking.