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Friday, 17 May 2013 14:01

Major Earthquake Scenario Tests California’s Response Capabilities

SAN FRANCISCO — No one can be certain when a natural disaster will strike, so to better prepare for such events, the city of San Francisco, outside agencies and organizations, and volunteers participated in the annual Golden Guardian statewide exercise on Wednesday, May 15. This year's functional exercise focused on carrying out policies, response and recovery after a magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck the San Andreas Fault near San Francisco. The city focused on what would be required in its response for up to 48 hours after the earthquake hit.

During the exercise, San Francisco’s Department of Emergency Management practiced its response inside the EOC and worked with other agencies including FEMA, the U.S. Navy and the city’s Human Services Agency. The agencies worked together and practiced communicating about how they would help coordinate the city’s recovery to the earthquake scenario. Offsite from the EOC, shelter and feeding exercises were performed to get a better understanding of the response required when an emergency leaves nearly 1.2 million people stranded in the city.