Dee, a San Francisco resident, was visiting friends in New York City during Hurricane Sandy. After braving the first few hours on her own, Dee connected with a co-worker, and spent the rest of the storm making sure her other colleagues were safe.
How I'm prepared:
“Having a kit could be a matter of saving your life. If you never have to use it, even better...but at least you have things if you need them.”Gather Supplies
Out of area contact
“We set up a person that is not in California that we all call to disseminate information about all of us, if it’s state-wide emergency. It’s an aunt in Michigan.”Get Connected
“We set up a calling tree with our friends, and we have a meeting place. We have a general timeline—after an emergency, on the half hour, every half hour. It’s a corner store near our houses.”Make a plan
Similar to Dee
My experience has given me insight into my role in a disaster. I’m trained to be present with people in the midst of a crisis. To help them connect with others.
Community Hub The Tenderloin, San Francisco
It doesn’t matter if it’s good times or bad times, we all need to eat. It’s a natural fit for chefs to stand up to help (in an emergency).
Community Hub The Embarcadero, San Francisco
I totally was surprised that I had connectivity right after the earthquake. I immediately tweeted, Facebook posted, and texted my fiancé.
Disaster Survivor Tokyo, Japan