Monthly Archives: November 2015

Join Our Family Time Preparedness Campaign


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Happy almost Thanksgiving! The holiday season is upon us and here at the San Francisco Department of Emergency Management we are rolling out our annual SF72 Family Time Preparedness Campaign. This campaign is all about preparedness, connection, and family time. While you’re visiting with the ones that you love over the holiday season, join us in participating in this campaign.

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Essentially we believe that by capturing your preparedness moments and sharing them we can inspire, connect, and learn together. Not only is preparedness easier than you may think, you can find most of the emergency supplies you will need right in your own home. By sharing these family moments you can show others that it can be done, sometimes you just need to get the ball rolling!

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We wish you the happiest of holidays with your families and friends. We hope to see your hash tags and tags on social…

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Facebook Safety Check and Your Plan

Many people are seeing Facebook use the Safety Check button for the first time due to the recent Paris terrorist attacks. Normally reserved for natural disasters like 2011 Tokyo Tsunami and nuclear disaster and later after earthquakes in Afghanistan, Chile and Nepal as well as Tropical Cyclone Pam in the South Pacific and Typhoon Ruby in the Philippines, Facebook made the decision to use the notification system for a terrorist attack for the first time in history.

Although the tool is still only used for distinctly time sensitive large events that have been analyzed by Facebook staff for the scope, scale and impact, Facebook does not intend to use the app for ongoing crises like an epidemic or war, for example in the Middle East. We, at the San Francisco Department of Emergency Management, encourage everyone to use a variety of tools to notify the people in their emergency plans of their well being. This could be any combination of the following during an emergency:

  • Text message to friends and loved ones that you are safe
  • Phone calls to out of the area contacts (these people can then notify others)
  • Facebook or any other social media message stating your well being
  • Meeting at your designated meeting spot in person
  • Listing yourself at
  • Posting messages on a community board and any other methods you see people using!

The key here is really repetition, make sure you let people know in multiple ways, not just relying on social media.

But what if you are not safe? How do you tell Facebook that? Well, we of course want you to call 911 if you are not safe and/or if you need medical attention. SF Dept. of Emergency Management does not want you to rely on social media if you need immediate help. Facebook and other social media outlets are great ways to spread a message, but when it comes to serious emergency situations rely on 911.

This is a great time to test out your emergency plan by calling your out of state contact, checking numbers, meeting places, and information. To learn more and download your own plan visit: