Proud of Pride
When the rainbow flags go up along Market Street, you know its June in San Francisco and the count-down (so to speak) begins as the city amps up for one of the largest and well-known Pride events in the world: the San Francisco Pride Celebration, as festivities begin Saturday, June 28th culminating to Sunday, June 29th with the world renowned San Francisco Pride Parade.
DEM also gets to be a part of Pride as we join our fellow city agencies and parade organizers in our activated Emergency Operations Center (EOC) as we support event operations and coordinate city resources. Our EOC will be activated at a level B so we have all the right people in the room. A level B activation includes Department of Emergency Management staff, first responder elements, and other key departments. In the case of SF Pride, this includes the Police Department, Fire Department, ambulance providers, MTA, and parade organizers. We also will provide information to San Francisco about traffic and transit, as well as any other tips that the public needs to know about as the city celebrates Pride.
Why are we activating our Emergency Operations Center?
San Francisco routinely activates our EOC for citywide special events like New Year’s Eve, Bay to Breakers, and past and future San Francisco Giants World Series Championships. This allows us to support event operations, coordinate city resources, and provide public information. EOC activations also give us an opportunity to practice for unplanned events and not-so-everyday emergencies like earthquakes.
What to look for from DEM.
One of our main priorities in support of San Francisco Pride is to provide the public with important information about the race (e.g., transit and traffic notifications). We will push out this information on our SF72 Crisis Map and on @SF_Emergency. And to kick off the public information, check out SF72’s crisis map with important parade information.
The mission of San Francisco LGBT Pride is to educate the world, celebrate our culture, commemorate our heritage, and liberate our people. And the San Francisco Department of Emergency Management is proud to play a role in support of this mission.