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Notes from the Field – New York, Day 3

It is day 3 of the DEM team’s deployment to support the Westchester County Department of Emergency Services. In the wake of the nor'easter that hit last night, DEM Deputy Director, Rob Dudgeon, shares how this storm illuminated one of the fundamentals of preparedness: have your creature comforts with you at work so in the event you are stuck there overnight--which includes even an emergency operations center (EOC)--you can freshen-up for the next day.

‘Decompressed’ thoughts: Hindsight is 20/20, Foresight is Priceless

October 30, 2012 in

In this em4SF Blog, we are taking a look back to late August (on the eve of the hustle and bustle that our fall outreach brings) and are enjoying the unique perspective from a San Francisco neophyte on Burning Man. Our author is Polly Zebrowsk who joined DEM as an intern last Spring. Polly came to us by way of passion for emergency management through her studies in emergency management at Tulane University. 

Who Shook Out?

October 26, 2012 in

Last week 9.4 million people in California participated in the largest earthquake drill in the state...in the country…in the world! Now in its fourth year, ShakeOut aims to arm Californians with the knowledge of what to do during an earthquake, which is to drop, cover and hold-on.

October is More than a Month about Earthquakes...It's about Cyber Security, too

October 19, 2012 in

The Loma Prieta Earthquake anniversary and ShakeOut (the annual statewide earthquake drill that takes place the third Thursday of October) make October a very earthquake-hazard-centric month. However, much like the nature of life, there many walks of hazard--including man-made ones like cyber terrorism. So, along with earthquake month, October also is National Cyber Security Awareness Month.

Then and Now Reflections of the Loma Prieta Earthquake

October 17, 2012 in

Today marks the 23rd anniversary of the Loma Prieta earthquake. Although this earthquake may not be one of recent memory, it still remains one of the most significant disasters to have occurred in the Bay Area (and California at large). And the memories from those of us who experience the earthquake first hand are fresh, which is why we are dedicating this em4SF blog today, and through the rest of this commemorative week, to story telling around Loma Prieta Earthquake.