SF State University
Announcing Campus Emergency Preparedness Week
October 16 – 18, 2012
The annual fall semester Emergency Preparedness week will feature a test of the outdoor public address system at 12:30pm Tuesday, October 16, immediately following the regular Tuesday noon emergency broadcast. In addition to that, a test of the SF State Emergency Notification System, which sends messages via cell phone, text messaging, TTY and email, will go to the entire campus community as well.
“We conduct these tests at least once each fall and spring semester, to make sure the systems work and to make sure the campus community is fully enrolled in this important resource”, said Patrick Wasley, Chief of the University Police Department. Incidents at Virginia Tech in 2007, Northern Illinois University in 2008, and earlier this year at Oikos University across the bay, have demonstrated the importance of mass notification in emergency situations.
Students, faculty and staff are encourage to update their contact information in advance of the October 16 test, by visiting the following websites. Students must log into www.sfsu.edu/student and click on “Contact Information”. Faculty and staff members must log into inside.sfsu.edu and select Human Resources, then click “My Emergency Contacts”.
Also, the San Francisco Fire Department will be back on campus during Eprep Week, to provide the annual Neighborhood Emergency Response Team (NERT) training. The course will take place 8:30am to 5:30pm on consecutive Tuesdays, October 9, at Severn Hills Conference Center and October 16, at Towers Conference Center. Since 2009, more than 300 faculty, staff and students have taken NERT training on campus.
“Our goal is to provide the skills and information necessary for people to make home and family safe, which also leads to a safer workplace and a safer campus”, explained Eugene Chelberg, AVP for Student Affairs and Director of the Emergency Operations Center at SF State. To register and for more information, please see our NERT information page.
The San Francisco State community is also encouraged to observe and participate in --
The Great California ShakeOut Earthquake Drill
October 18, 2012 – 10:18AM
The annual California ShakeOut earthquake drill will take place Thursday, October 18, 2012 at 10:18 am. Outdoor sirens will sound, signaling the start of the drill. The best way to practice is in small groups with family, friends, co-workers or classmates. It only takes a minute, and all you have to do is:
Emergency management experts and official preparedness organizations all agree that "Drop, Cover, and Hold On" is the appropriate action to reduce injury and death during earthquakes. The ShakeOut is our opportunity to practice how to protect ourselves during earthquakes.
- DROP to the ground (before the earthquake drops you!)
- Take COVER by getting under a sturdy desk or table
- HOLD ON to it until the shaking stops.
The main point is, try not to move and to immediately protect yourself where you are. Earthquakes occur without warning and may be so violent that you cannot run, walk or crawl. In this case, you will most likely be knocked to the ground wherever you happen to be. You will never know if the initial jolt will turn out to be start of the big one, so always Drop, Cover, and Hold On immediately!
For more information, visit the links below and learn how to protect yourself while driving, when outdoors, and checkout a new earthquake guide for people with disabilities.
Fall Semester Disaster Preparedness Training
The San Francisco Fire Department (SFFD) will be on campus to provide their annual fall semester Neighborhood Emergency Response Team (NERT) training, October 9 at Seven Hills Conference Center, and October 16 at Towers Conference Center. Each consecutive Tuesday training session runs from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm. Participants will receive two days of intensive disaster preparedness training, including hands on instruction in search and rescue, disaster triage, fire extinguishing, and how to prepare your home and workplace.
Hosted by the SF State Office of Emergency Preparedness, students, faculty, staff and alumni are encouraged to take advantage of this FREE training which is geared toward people who live and work in San Francisco. Participants must attend all sessions to gain the full benefit of the training and a certificate, and NERT – ID Badge will be issued upon completing the 2-day course.
To register and for more information, please see our NERT information page.
Emergency Notification System Survey
These documents will help you prepare for and respond to emergencies and include the Emergency Procedures Handbook, the SF State Business Continuity Plan, and more, Injury & Illness Prevention Program, Building Emergency Procedures Plans, an Emergency Card, and an Magnet Card.
These University departments offer resources for emergency preparedness planning and post-emergency response.
Helpful links to local and national resources such as 72hours.org, FEMA, Ready.gov, and many more.
Important phone numbers of campus departments and building emergency coordinators.
AlertSF will send tsunami alerts, severe weather/flooding notifications and post-disaster information to your registered wireless devices and email accounts.
For more information about AlertSF please visit their web site at: alertsf.org
Please note that AlertSF is not affiliated with San Francisco State University.
In this Emergency Preparedness tutorial you’ll learn about the resources you can put to work immediately to ensure your own safety, as well to assist others, in the event of an emergency.
This fall, the SF State Office of Emergency Preparedness is please to offer First Aid / CPR / AED Training and NERT (Neighborhood Emergency Response Team), to faculty and staff. To participate in this training, please follow the registration process outlined here.
One of the instructions you may be given in an emergency is to shelter-in-place. This means you should stay indoors until authorities tell you it is safe or you are told to evacuate. Read more here.
Information on what to do in case an earthquake strikes.