Department of Building Inspection Annual Report - Page 15

Seismic Safety Outreach Program In May 2015, DBI awarded two community-based organizations, Community Youth Center and Self Help for the Elderly, both located in Chinatown, with a grant to conduct disaster preparedness outreach, at Willie Woo Playground and Portsmouth Square service areas, respectively. This program provides free seismic safety outreach and training to Chinatown residents, which may include renters, business owners, homeowners, youth and seniors of diverse cultural groups with significant linguistic, social, and economic needs to educate them on emergency preparedness and response. Over the course of the year, each organization is offering one-hour workshops Chinatown residents on what they can do to prepare for a natural disaster. The workshop curriculum includes: 1. Personnel Preparedness 2. Basic First Aid and Citizen CPR 3. Earthquake Mitigation 4. Response and Recovery 5. Fire Safety IN REVIEW Creation of DBI’s Disaster Preparedness Coordination Unit In early 2015, DBI created the Disaster Preparedness Coordination Unit (DCU) to develop training programs and improve the Department’s emergency staff responses during disaster events such as earthquakes and landslides. The DCU works in close coordination with citywide efforts as well as regional, state and federal level training and preparation for emergency disasters. Along with other first responders such as Fire and Police, DCU is working to develop DBI’s important role of ensuring building safety before, during and post-disaster. DBI FY 2014 – 2015 Annual Report 15