Many in the San Francisco Bay Area were awoken early Sunday morning by the largest earthquake in the region since the Loma Prieta earthquake nearly 25 years ago. While thankfully, San Francisco suffered no damage, this is a good opportunity to remind ourselves that we need to be prepared before the next earthquake or emergency. Being prepared today will make our City's recovery all the more efficient and effective, allowing us all to get back to business as usual, faster.
Let's use this as an opportunity to educate ourselves, our friends and family, and our employees and coworkers about earthquake preparedness and why it is critical to making sure that San Francisco is a resilient City. Please visit www.sf72.org to learn how to get prepared for the next earthquake and how to connect with your community.
I also encourage everyone who lives or works in San Francisco to take the San Francisco Fire Department's free Neighborhood Emergency Response Team (NERT) training, and register for the City's e-mail and text-based notification system www.AlertSF.org.
It is often said that real emergencies look more like people coming together rather than cities falling apart. That is why it is important to take steps now so we are all ready for the next emergency.
Let's not wait until the next disaster; let's be prepared today.