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Get Ready To “Rumble” For Preparedness In San Francisco During Mid-October

September 18th, 2009 · 2 Comments

San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom yesterday announced “The Big Rumble” marking the 20th anniversary of the Loma Prieta earthquake with a week-long series of special preparedness events. In a letter to the community, Newsom wrote:

“To commemorate the Loma Prieta anniversary, we invite you to participate in The Big Rumble, a week-long series of special events designed to connect our communities with preparedness resources. From October 13th-17th, these events will take place at large City venues and at smaller venues in various neighborhoods, as well as in other parts of the Bay Area.

The week will begin with a panel discussion on the 1989 earthquake on October 13th. On October 15th, San Francisco will participate in the Great California ShakeOut. This event consists of a statewide Drop, Cover and Hold Drill. City departments, businesses and other partners will also test aspects of their emergency plans during the ShakeOut event.

A series of neighborhood events will take place on October 17th, including block parties in San Francisco and throughout the Bay Area. These block parties will serve as localized gathering spots for neighbors to rally around the important topic of preparedness. ‘Block Party Toolkits’ will be provided to assist in the development and promotion of the parties. In addition to a “how-to” guide for planning your block party, the toolkit includes:

*Pocket-sized map of San Francisco full of potential resources and emergency tips
*Map Your Block workbook to integrate neighborhood capabilities into your plan
*Activities, helpful hints, and information to assist you with hosting a successful block party

As residents of an earthquake-prone area, it’s our responsibility to ensure that we are prepared. Our goal is to enhance preparedness not just at the individual or household level, but also at the community level. That’s why we encourage you to hold a block party on October 17th. It will be a great way to get to know your neighbors and put measures into place that will help you support each other following an earthquake or other emergency event.

For more information about the upcoming events, and to download the “Block Party Toolkit,” go to

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Tags: City Preparedness · Earthquake Preparedness

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  • 1 Food Storage // Sep 21, 2009 at 11:50 pm

    This is a great idea. We just did a week long emergency challenge over at our blog and everyone learned a lot! It helps to do it with other people, and it helps to really act out emergency situations to see what it will really feel like. Makes you think a lot about what you need to do to get better prepared.

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