As this beautifully repainted Golden Hydrant reminds us, April 18 marked 115 years since the earthquake in 1906 that did so much to change and define our city. As we look back, we should remember that being prepared for the future is the best way to honor our past, ensure the safety of ourselves and our neighbors, and preserve the beautiful buildings and public spaces that mean so much to us.
Our city is made up of many neighborhoods. We need to prepare to be one ready community when it counts. The San Francisco Department of Emergency Management offers several ways to get involved in keeping our city and citizens safe in the event of a disaster.
Another option is to get involved with the San Francisco Fire Department’s Neighborhood Emergency Response Team (NERT), a free training program for individuals, neighborhood groups and community-based organizations in the city. Through this program, you will learn hands-on disaster skills that will help you respond to a personal emergency as well as act as members of a neighborhood response team.