Still Need to Seismic Retrofit Hospital & Ambulance Depot?

cascadia subduction zoneWouldn’t you have suspected our local emergency responders facilities would already be prepared for an earthquake? Think again.

For San Francisco’s June 2016 Election, a YES on Proposition A, $350 million bond measure, will help ensure that:

  • General Hospital will continue its critical services as a Level 1 trauma center capable of treating serious accident and emergency patients
  • San Francisco’s Emergency Services (such as a vital ambulance facility & the city’s only psych emergency ward) are ready when we need them
  • San Franciscans stay healthy and safe by investing in our hospital, clinics and emergency response – with no additional taxes

Collaborating Agencies Responding to Disasters

inspired by CARD Can Help

Based on Alameda island, Collaborating Agencies Responding to Disasters is an award winning nonprofit dedicated to helping nonprofits, businesses, and service agencies. CARD can help:

  • Move beyond fear, threat, and dis-empowering messages (such as Potty Posters)
  • Become prepared and ready to respond at little cost
  • Understand—in simple terms—the sometimes complex issues related to disaster response, terrorism, and government operations
  • Feel secure in the knowledge that your community can carry on even after a disaster
  • Meet public and private funder requirements of having a disaster plan in place
  • Network and build stronger relations with other agencies and the emergency response community
  • Empower your staff and volunteers to walk the world feeling safe and more prepared. Such as
    • Community service providers: by offering empowering, cost-effective training that allows them to keep their consumers and staff safe, and understand how to keep their businesses open and operating after a disaster
    • Special needs communities: by creating a safety net of their trained and trusted services agencies
    • Government: by connecting all parts of our community for a united response
    • Traditional emergency responders: by training the community to work in partnership with police, fire, Office of Emergency Services (OES), and other disaster service agencies
    • Businesses: by strengthening the resilience of service providers such as childcare, eldercare, or other critical components of a strong, thriving business community
    • Faith-based organizations: by helping them provide support, information and guidance to their congregants in times of disaster
    • Foundations and corporate sponsors: by helping secure their investments in agencies and the vulnerable communities they support
    • The general public: by creating an easy way for all people to fully participate in preparedness and response, in their own way

Road ID

inspired by Kids Road ID

The Wrist Road ID Slim or Foot ID is a simple perfectly low-tech Kids ID Bracelet ($30USD). If your child is ever lost or in an accident, your emergency contact information is immediately available to teachers or first responders. Road ID has been in business since 1999, and is made in the USA. Parents feel better using Road ID during field trips, family vacations and especially at amusement parks.


Putting Down Roots in Earthquake Country

inspired by Putting Down Roots in San Francisco Bay

This handbook provides scientific info about the threat posed by earthquakes in the San Francisco Bay region and explains how you can prepare for, survive, and recover from these inevitable events.

If you live or work in the region, you need to know why you should be concerned with earthquakes, what you can expect during and after a quake, and what you need to do beforehand to be safe and reduce damage.


SF Bay Liquefaction Susceptibility Map

inspired by US Geological Survey’s San Francisco Bay Liquefaction Susceptibility Map

~25% of the San Francisco Bay region may be exposed to liquefaction with the shaking that has been forecasted. Some of the most hazardous areas are beneath our urban core.  What is the grade of the land you and your loved tread?

New maps show the distribution of rock and sediment having different vulnerabilities to liquefaction when shaken by earthquakes, together with explanation of the process and examples of its effects.

Totally Unprepared

inspired by LA Totally Unprepared

It’s a Family Affair.

What Do You Put in Your Kid’s Earthquake Go-bag?
Why, as much as they can carry comfortably for their size, including their favorite small toys, games, and snacks. A child old enough to carry a backpack like this is old enough to shoulder their own little earthquake go-bag. Here are things to include:

  • A bag that your child can carry easily. Something big enough to hold everything, but small enough to slide under their bed. A child’s backpack would work well.
  • A bungee cord to attach it to the bed – you don’t want it bouncing away before you ever get to use it!
  • An easy-to-use, kid-friendly flashlight with batteries stored separately
  • Shoes (that fit)
  • Diapers (up-to-date size) & Wipes
  • Socks
  • Bottled water
  • High calorie/Protein snack items that you know your child will eat.
  • Whistle
  • A change of clothes, like sweats
  • Hat
  • A toy, small game or book
  • A copy of your family emergency wallet card
  • Important! A recent photo of you with your child. If you are separated, this could be the best means of being reunited.

Optional items for your kid’s earthquake go-bag:

  • Transistor radio, depending on the age of your child
  • Playing cards or other small games
  • Teddy Bear
  • Pen and paper
  • A favorite book
  • Dust mask/bandanna
  • Protective goggles

Also see Evacuate My Pet for ideas about protecting your four legged family members.


Neighborhood Emergency Response Team (NERT) Training Program

inspired by The SF Fire Department N.E.R.T. Training

The underlying premise is that a major disaster will overwhelm first responders leaving many San Francisco citizens on their own for the first 72 hours or longer after the emergency. The Neighborhood Emergency Response Team Training Program (NERT) goal is to teach as many San Franciscan’s as possible that, with basic training, they can make a difference in the lives of their families and others when, not if, they are affected by a disaster large or small.
NERT Curriculum includes:

Class Session #1
Earthquake Awareness, Preparedness, and Hazard Mitigation
Earthquake type, magnitude, history and probability
How to prepare before it happens
What to do when the earth starts to shake

Class Session #2
Basic Disaster Skills
Natural gas, water and electrical controls, why, when and how to shut them off
Types of fire, and using extinguishers to put it out
Hazardous Materials awareness in the home, on the road, and all around you
Terrorism Awareness

Class Session #3
Disaster Medicine
Health considerations for the rescuer
Opening airways
Stopping bleeding and shock position
S.T.A.R.T. triage
Minor injuries and burns

Class Session #4
Light Search and Rescue
Different types of construction and where to look for damage
How to classify damaged buildings
Building marking system
Interior search patterns
Lifting heavy objects and mechanical advantage
Victim carries

Class Session #5
Team Organization and Management
City Disaster Plan and where the NERTs fit
NERT Incident Command System, managing the disaster
Disaster Psychology

Class Session #6
Skills Development and Application
Final Exam Review
Extinguishing fires
Triaging and treating moulaged victims
Extricating a victim trapped by heavy timbers
Interior search for reported missing persons
Exterior building damage assessment
Award of Achievement and course evaluation
Sign up for a class.


Life on a Dynamic Planet

Inspired by California Academy of Sciences’ exhibit, Earthquake .
Prepare to be moved! Take a kinetic journey through seismic phenomena and explore how they fit into Earth’s geologic history.

Free iTunes U Course:
What are earthquakes?

Earthquake Preparedness Card
6 steps to stay safe in earthquake country.
We know where, but not when.