DEM 2016 Annual Report - Page 4

EExecutive Director ’ s Message : Committed to Strengthening Public Safety

Strengthening San Francisco ’ s ability to prepare for , respond to , and recover from every day — and not-so-everyday — emergencies is the mission of the women and men of the San Francisco Department of Emergency Management . Our emergency managers , dispatchers , finance , technology , administrative , and facilities professionals work as one team dedicated to the safety of our City .
San Francisco ’ s resilience was strengthened this year through a series of events and exercises which tested our emergency assumptions , endurance , and ability to work together . Super Bowl 50 resulted in a continuous ten-day activation of San Francisco ’ s
Emergency Operations Center ( EOC ). The extended activation stresstested our staffing models , mutual aid resources , and our relationships with agencies at all levels of government beyond what any of our previous exercises could achieve .
As a part of the 2016 San Francisco Fleet Week , we exercised our ability to deliver and distribute emergency supplies to the public following a catastrophic earthquake by staging a Community Points of Distribution ( C-POD ) site at the Presidio . C-PODs are where the public would go for basic supplies following a disaster which allows people to remain at home while the City recovers . During this exercise , more than 100 disaster service workers and community volunteers staffed the C-POD and practiced distributing food , water , and other life-sustaining materials .