110th Anniversary of the Great San Francisco Earthquake and Fire
Every spring DEM joins our fellow San Franciscans to commemorate the Great San Francisco Earthquake and Fire that took place on April 18, 1906 at 5:12 a.m.
The setting and run-of-show of this commemoration is consistent year-to-year. It incorporates elements of ceremony and ritual that when combined make tradition: DEM joins the community at Lotta’s Fountain, and at 5:12 a.m. we reflect on what happened that morning many, many years ago; and we celebrate how San Francisco rose from the ashes to become the resilient and beautiful city it is today.
Along with the customary events in which we engage to commemorate the earthquake (you can read more about those details below), this year includes an additional event of special distinction: The 150th Anniversary of the San Francisco Fire Department kick-off event at Union Square.
So, please consider joining DEM and your fellow San Francisco enthusiasts this Monday for an early morning of camaraderie and San Francisco pride. Please see details below for when and where to attend these special events and we hope to see you there!
April 17, 2016 at the Marina Green, Marina Blvd. and Webster Street, from 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
San Francisco Neighborhood Emergency Response Team (NERT) members from all over the city will meet to put their training into action in this three-hour drill. At the drill, NERT volunteers practice search and rescue techniques, triaging injured victims, setting up staging areas, and other essential disaster response skills. The drill commemorates the 1906 Great San Francisco Earthquake and Fire. NERT has held annual citywide drills since 1992 and approximately 300 volunteers participate in the April Drill each year. Since the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake, NERT has trained more than 22,000 San Franciscans to assist the San Francisco Fire Department after a severe earthquake or other major emergency by taking care of themselves, their families, and their neighbors.
1906 Anniversary at Lotta’s Fountain
April 18, 2016 4:45 a.m. at 3rd and Market Street, San Francisco
At 5:12 a.m. we will mark the 110th anniversary of the San Francisco Earthquake and Fire. This disaster took the lives of an estimated 3,000 people and left the City in ashes as much of the destruction was caused by fires and nearly 300,000 people were left homeless.
Since the 1920’s, residents have gathered at Lotta’s Fountain to reflect on the devastating 1906 earthquake and fire, and as DEM has done year after year, we will join our fellow San Franciscan’s at this very early hour to commemorate what remains one of the worst tragedies in California history.
But Monday isn’t a convening to remember destruction; it’s a convening to remember connection. Because emergencies look more like cities coming together than falling apart, which is what happened here in San Francisco 110 years ago. It’s also a time to honor all those who came before us by preparing for any emergency. Visit SF72.org to learn how.
So, if you are a very early riser, please join the commemoration around 5:00 a.m. at Lotta’s Fountain. Look for people dressed in 1906 period attire and practice your singing voice as we follow the moment of silence at 5:12 a.m. with “San Francisco”. If you can’t make it to Lotta’s Fountain, you can meet us at the Golden Hydrant (Church and 18th Streets) closer to 6:00 a.m., which gets a fresh coat of gold paint every April 18th to commemorate the 1906 Earthquake and Fire. For exact locations, check out the SF27 In an Emergency map, which has Lotta’s Fountain and the Golden Hydrant marked.
The Kickoff of the 150th Anniversary of the San Francisco Fire Department
April 18, 2016 9:00 a.m. at Union Square
Please join us to commemorate the kickoff of a year’s worth of events to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of our San Francisco Fire Department!