Thanks for the award 2013 Annual Award of Excellence, BRMA!

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Earlier this month, the San Francisco Department of Emergency Management (DEM) was named the recipient of the BRMA 2013 Annual Award of Excellence.  The Business Recovery Managers Association (BRMA) is Northern California’s largest association of business continuity and recovery professionals.  At the organization’s annual year-end lunch, DEM was honored with the award in recognition for its “tireless work toward protecting the residents and guests of San Francisco, and for their outstanding work in continuing to enhance Public/Private Sector partnerships.”


Aside from the ongoing efforts to respond to everyday emergencies across the city, 2012 was a busy year for San Francisco’s emergency managers and first responders with a slate of citywide special events that challenged the city’s resources and tested its capabilities.  The year started with the San Francisco 49ers playoff bid, and continued throughout 2012 with perennial events like Bay-to-Breakers, San Francisco Fleet Week, and 4th of July celebrations…

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From the Archives: The DEM Team’s Visit to Van, Turkey December 2011

We are looking back on the DEM’s team to visit Van, Turkey and the series of blogs and videos chronicling their experience.

San Francisco DEM

In an effort to document the face of disaster the Fleet Week Association/SF DEM team traveling in Van, Turkey area sent back this video… take a look and let us know what you think.

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Most people who live and/or work in San Francisco have heard the City’s Outdoor Public Warning System.  Although most are familiar with the sirens—and perhaps even check their watches by it—the point of the system is to alert the public to an emergency and is one of several tools DEM uses to disseminate alerts and warnings.

The test message and siren tone you hear every week are just one way for us to make sure the system is in good working order.  The sirens are run by radio technology, and like any technology, routine maintenance is required.  During the next several weeks, the sirens will be undergoing said scheduled maintenance.   (But the weekly test will still happen as usual.)

We wanted to take this opportunity to remind you that while the sirens are one of the most well-known forms of emergency notification, we also have many other tools…

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From the Archives: Van, Turkey: Dispatch One

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.

via Van, Turkey: Dispatch One.