Are you ready for the 4th of July? Some preparedness tips and celebratory gunfire myths…

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With so much activity in San Francisco lately it’s hard to believe the 4th of July is around the corner! As we’ve seen in the last few days the Bay Area is being greeted with quite the heat wave and with the 4th just this Saturday we wanted to share some preparedness and safety tips that will be sure to contribute to your wonderful weekend.

How to prepare your family for the 4th of July:

  • Remember to replenish your first aid kits
  • Stay hydrated
  • Wear sunscreen
  • Wear layers
  • Remember to handle fireworks with care
  • If you or your loved ones are faced with an emergency, give us a call! (9-1-1)
  • If you see suspicious behavior, contact authorities- we want to work together to make sure our communities are safe!
  • Lastly, have fun!

In addition to basic safety tips, the 4th of July always seems to bring out excitement in our communities. One thing to be wary of are the dangers of celebratory gunfire. We’ve all heard it…but sometimes we catch ourselves thinking, was that really gunfire or just a firework? You might feel like this is an ode to the past, that celebratory gunfire is rare-or simply doesn’t happen anymore. Yet, just early this year during a New Year’s Eve celebration a man was killed by a falling bullet while watching fireworks.

Unfortunately celebratory gunfire is still somewhat common, and we wanted to take this time to dispel a few rumors and myths regarding the celebratory shots:

  • It’s not illegal.
    • Not only is it illegal, its been upgraded to a felony charge.
  • Injury from celebratory gunfire is rare.
    • In fact, the possibility for fatalities are much higher (close to 30%), due to the bullet’s speed while falling straight down and the impact from directly above, rather than another angle.
  • Bullets shot up simply disappear.
    • Well unfortunately, they do no such thing. What goes up must come down…
  • It is not preventable.
    • If you see suspicious behavior, contact authorities…sometimes people simply aren’t aware of just how risky and unsafe celebratory gunfire can be. 

We want you to have a fun and safe 4th of July while knowing how to keep your loved ones and your community out of harms way. With that said, we hope you’ve dusted off your BBQs and are ready for a weekend of celebrations!

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#LoveWins Preparedness Tips for Pride

By: Daniella Cohen

San Francisco is buzzing this morning as we gear up for a historic Pride weekend on the heels of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision that same-sex marriage is a constitutional right. What a day and weekend indeed to be in this great city!

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This year for the 45th Anniversary of San Francisco Pride the Warrior’s President and COO Rick Welts has been chosen to raise the flag as the Celebrity Grand Marshal. Rick Welts is most recently known for leading the Golden State Warriors to a historic landslide victory in the NBA Finals (their first title since 1975!), but he is also known for being America’s first prominent, openly-gay sports executive. Historic celebrations abound this weekend as San Francisco braces for a gathering of up to half a million people this Sunday for the annual Pride Parade.

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The first official Pride Parade  poster!

Pride brings many things to mind: colors, sights, sounds, music, and unforgettable celebrations. But it also reminds us the importance of being prepared for a fun Pride weekend!

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Some important preparedness tips include:

  • Stay hydrated
  • Wear sunblock
  • Utilize public transportation
  • Wear layers
  • If you see something suspicious, notify authorities

We advise that you tune into our Crisis Map on our website SF72 for updates on traffic closures, “avoid the area” notices, medical assistance tents, first aid, and other emergency closures or messages.

Most importantly, have fun and be safe!

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6/26/15 San Francisco City Hall U.S. Supreme Court Celebration

109 Years Ago…

Originally posted on San Francisco DEM:

Tomorrow at 5:12 a.m. will mark the 109th 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.

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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 tomorrow isn’t a convening about destruction; it’s a convening about connection. Because emergencies look more like cities coming together than falling apart, which is what happened here in San Francisco 109 years ago. It’s also a time to honor all those who came before us by preparing for any emergency. Visit SF72.org learn how.

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Tsunami Preparedness 101

Originally posted on San Francisco DEM:

This week marks national Tsunami Preparedness Week and DEM wants San Francisco to know what to do in the event of tsunami hitting our shorelines.

Tsunamis are NOT like normal waves at the beach. When they approach land they are like a surge or fast flood. Earthquakes are nature’s warning for a possible tsunami, so if you are by the coast and the earth moves, first: Drop, cover, and hold on; second: When the shaking stops, get to high ground; and third: stay away from the coast.

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Sometimes it takes many hours for the first waves of a tsunami to reach the shoreline, and often times the first waves (or surges) are not the highest or most powerful.  Whether we are under a tsunami advisory, watch, or warning it is imperative that anyone in coastal areas listen to DEM’s instructions.  Our primary methods of issuing the notification are AlertSF

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Scientists Confirm: We Live in Earthquake Country

Originally posted on San Francisco DEM:

Today the U.S. Geological Survey released a new earthquake forecast that California will experience an earthquake 8.0-magnitude or greater within the next 30 years.  Aside from the specific geological explanation about what will happen when certain faults move, most of us already know that we live in an earthquake-prone region. But psychologically, the thought of a looming disaster that could happen in five minutes or nearly a third of a lifetime from now can feel scary, daunting, and…intangible.  So often times we push the thought out of our minds and focus on something that’s more pressing and timely, even though we know we shouldeventuallyget prepared for a major earthquake.

But here’s the thing about earthquake preparedness—we’re not trying hunker down in our bomb shelters as the zombie apocalypse destroys any vestige of our social structure; it’s really just about having enough food and water on hand to make…

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