April 18th marks the 107th anniversary of the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake and Fire. Although very few of us have a first-hand memory of what remains one of California’s most significant catastrophes, every April many of us think about the what ifs with regard to earthquakes.
Take steps towards community preparedness and join us for our first ever SF Tsunami Walk Saturday, March 30th at 10:00 am. Bring your family, invite your friends and meet your neighbors and find out what to do in case of a tsunami, which is to walk UP to higher ground.
Nothing grabs headlines like fear. In some circles, yesterday’s earthquake in Southern California was cast as a foreshock to the apocalypse. Cue the scenes of a volcano erupting in Los Angeles and an asteroid hurling towards earth. Somebody better call Tommy Lee Jones and Bruce Willis because we need a hero!
Are we scared yet? Okay, now let’s all take a step back from the ledge.
By Anne Kronenberg, Executive Director, Department of Emergency Management
We think it’s a safe bet that many of us plan our Sunday night around AMC’s The Walking Dead. SPOILER ALERT! Do you think Andrea is really going to take out the Governor?
Sure, the San Francisco Department of Emergency Management (SFDEM) is a government agency, but that doesn't mean we aren't into social innovation. As early adopters of social media, we hold true to a cultural value that technology and how we as a society use it, should be integrated into the principles of emergency management methodology (to meet the masses where they are).
I’ll admit it, I breathed a silly sigh of relief when I woke up (intact) December 22nd having called bluff on the Mayan calendar’s end of the world deadline. And about ½ a second later, I was on to my holiday to-do list and to life as usual.
We are looking back on the DEM's team to visit Van, Turkey and the series of blogs and videos chronicling their experience.
It was about a year ago that DEM visited Van, Turkey. At the time of the visit, the region was a few months into its recovery from a magnitude 7.1 earthquake. In this em4SF we are taking a look back to this series of blogs chronicling the team's experience in a city recovering from this devastating earthquake: Van, Turkey: Dispatch One.