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ADVISORY GROUPS ____________________________________ STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS DEM regularly assembles a variety of advisory groups and strategic partnerships, each with a particular role in San Francisco’s preparedness. FEMA National Advisory Council The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) National Advisory Council (NAC) is an advisory committee established by federal law to ensure effective and ongoing coordination of federal emergency management activities. Members include representatives from a wide array of backgrounds and communities involved in or affected by the emergency management profession, including DEM Executive Director, Anne Kronenberg. The NAC provides recommendations to the FEMA Administrator on a variety of issues within emergency management and plays a pivotal role to ensure effective and ongoing coordination of federal preparedness, protection, response, recovery, and mitigation for natural disasters and man-made disasters. California Earthquake Early Warning Advisory Board The Earthquake Early Warning System is a series of sensors in the ground that detect shaking and can send warnings before the shaking occurs. Even a few seconds of warning before shaking occurs can have many lifesaving benefits including time for residents to drop and cover, trains halting, and for doctors to pause delicate surgeries. Earthquake Early Warning is becoming more and more of a reality for California and the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (CalOES) is tasked to develop a comprehensive statewide earthquake early warning system. To support implementation of this critical system, DEM Executive Director, Anne Kronenberg was named as the Northern California Representative to the California Earthquake Early Warning System Advisory Board by the California State Senate Committee on Rules to represent county government. The position switches between Northern and Southern California. As one of seven voting members, Director Kronenberg provides advice on four functional areas: system operations, research and development, finance and investment, and training and education. As the representative for local government, she is in an ideal position to champion an effective system for local municipalities that provides residents, businesses, and emergency responders with warning to take proactive action ahead of an earthquake. Homeland Security Executive Committee The Homeland Security Executive Committee is chaired by DEM and includes department heads from City public safety agencies to provide executive-level support and input into the City’s homeland security and emergency management program. Disaster Council The Disaster Council is chaired by the Mayor and is managed by DEM. The Council provides a public forum for City departments and stakeholders to review high-level information on the state of disaster planning in San Francisco. Disaster Preparedness Coordinators Disaster Preparedness Coordinators coordinate City-wide emergency planning across multiple agencies. DEM convenes more than a dozen public safety departments every other month to share information on major events, and training opportunities. Each of the following City departments have a Disaster Preparedness Coordinator: • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Arts Commission Asian Art Museum Building Inspection Children, Youth, and Families City Administrator City Planning Controller Environment Fine Arts Museum Fire Human Resources Human Services Library Office of the Mayor Mayor’s Office on Disability • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Medical Examiner Municipal Transportation Police Port Probation Public Health Public Utilities Commission Public Works Recreation and Park Risk Management Sheriff Technology Treasure Island Unified School District