Posts Tagged ‘Department of Emergency Management’

If Your Verizon Phone Works During the Giants Victory Parade Today, You Can Thank the COW Trucks – Hurray!

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

Verizon is bringing it to today’s World Series victory parade on Market Street, lining up trucks like these near Market Street

They’re temporary cell sites, called Cells on Wheels (COWs):

Via GlennFleishman

I’ll tell you, I’ve never used Verizon, but I approve of this message:

“Verizon Wireless Network Ready For San Francisco Giants World Series Victory Parade - Parade Attendees Can Take Advantage of Company’s Super-Fast 4G LTE Network

WALNUT CREEK, Calif., Oct. 30, 2012 — When the San Francisco Giants parade thru the city October 31, the Verizon Wireless will be ready to handle the frenzy of calls, cell phone picture and video messages and texts from the one million excited fans expected to attend.

The company has significantly increased capacity on its voice and 4G LTE data network in downtown San Francisco and at San Francisco International Airport (SFO). Verizon Wireless’ network is ready to handle more voice and data traffic than that at the busiest time on a normal day.

“From an emergency management perspective, I really appreciate all the background work Verizon has done to increase network access from cell phones.  We view this as a key facet of the larger public safety plan,” said Anne Kronenberg, executive director of the San Francisco Department of Emergency Management.

As part of Verizon Wireless’ preparation for the parade, the company will have temporary cell sites, known as Cells on Wheels (COWs), deployed near the parade route to handle increased network traffic. These sites can process thousands of calls and data transmissions each hour and are designed for use at special events that demand additional network capacity. They will be deployed to downtown locations.

“We have made a significant investment in network improvements in preparation for this major event,” said Russ Preite, region president for Verizon Wireless. “Our customers will be talking, texting, navigating and e-mailing with their wireless devices at a fast pace. We are prepared, as we were with the SF Giants 2012 playoff and World Series home games, to handle more traffic and to provide the reliable, high-quality service our customers expect from Verizon Wireless.”

Verizon Wireless’ network reliability is supported by industry-leading redundancy and maintenance measures, including back-up power at most facilities. For additional reliability, generators are installed at all switching facilities and many cell site locations.

The Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network offers more 4G LTE coverage than all other competitors’ networks combined. The Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network is currently available in 419 markets to more than 250 million people throughout the United States. For more information, please visit www.verizonwireless.com/lte.

Verizon Wireless has invested more than $70 billion since it was formed in 2000 – on average more than $6 billion every year – to increase the coverage and capacity of its premier nationwide network and to add new services.

About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation’s most reliable and largest wireless voice and data network, serving 87.7 million customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with more than 87,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). For more information, visit www.verizonwireless.com. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.”

San Francisco Briefly Freaks Out Over Unannounced Siren Test for the End of Sunday Streets 2012?

Sunday, August 26th, 2012

Looks as if we got our weekly Tuesday Noon Siren Test in early when some of San Francisco’s emergency sirens went off today at 3:45PM to … mark the end of Sunday Streets Chinatown?

Take a look:

The siren signified the end of Sunday Streets this week in Chinatown. We apologize for any concern.”

So more than just the one siren went off and that was the mistake?

Why should our City Family be horsing around with the emergency sirens in the first place?

So we should call them San Francisco’s Emergency/End of Sunday Streets sirens?

Anyway, it sounded like this:

Here’s an update from Tom Prete of Ocean Beach Bulletin:

“A siren from San Francisco’s Outdoor Public Warning System sounded at about 3:45 p.m. Sunday, but a City Twitter account stated that the siren was activated accidentally.”

And here comes Johnny-come-lately AlertSF.org:

“The sirens were activated citywide inadvertently this afternoon. There is no emergency in San Francisco.

Thank you,
Alert SF”

OMG, It’s “Civic Response 2011″ This Morning in Civic Center – A Fire Drill With a Cast of Thousands

Friday, September 30th, 2011

[UPDATE: Famous photographer Steve Rhodes is on the scene right now:

Step 1: Kiss the bride under the largest classical dome in the western hemisphere;

Step 2: Evacuate

Via Steve Rhodes - click to expand]

All that hullabaloo in Civic Center this AM is just CIVIC RESPONSE 2011. 

Deets below.

The calm before the storm:

Click to expand.*

All the deets:

“Multi-Agency Joint Evacuation Exercise – Civic Center Area - “Civic Response 2011″ – September 30th 2011, 10:30am

Exercise Overview
This will be a coordinated multi-organization joint evacuation drill involving the facilities management and security agencies, as well as the involved building tenants from within the San Francisco Civic Center area. This multi-agency drill will involve civilian and uniformed responders from the local and state government levels and is aimed at helping ensure public safety in the event of an actual emergency.

There will be approximately 1,500-1,800 building tenants evacuated and dozens of responders involved in this exercise. The participating agencies will activate their fire alarm plans and evacuate their tenants to pre-designated locations at Civic Center Plaza, UN Plaza, and the War Memorial area.

Participating Buildings – City Hall, Dept Public Health at 101 Grove Street, UC Hastings College of the Law, Veteran’s Building at 401 Van Ness.

The Command Post will be the SF PUC Mobile Command Vehicle (MCV) which will be parked on Grove Street between Polk and Larkin across from the Bill Graham Auditorium.

Mission: All participating buildings will execute their evacuation plans simultaneously and safely while keeping aware of the other facilities tenants.”

More deets, after the jump

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Precautionary Closure of Western Beaches and the Great Highway This Morning – Tsunami Warning Due to Japanese Quake

Friday, March 11th, 2011

The San Francisco Department of Emergency Management is up early today, concerned about a possible small tsunami hitting San Francisco due to the recent 8.9 earthquake near Sendai, Japan.

Per Capt. Richard Corriea of Richmond Station:

Officers have closed the Great Highway to vehicle traffic between Balboa and Skyline Blvd. Please avoid the area.”

And Mayor Edwin Lee will be at our Emergency Operations Center bright and early this A.M. as well.

Deets below.

Via tofuart

This went out at 6:17 AM today:

“FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, March 11, 2011
Contact:  Department of Emergency Management

*** PRESS RELEASE ***

SAN FRANCISCO CONTINUES TO MONITOR TSUNAMI WARNING
Precautionary Closure of Beaches and Great Highway

San Francisco, CA – The City and County of San Francisco continues to monitor the Tsunami warning issued this morning and is assessing risks to California Coastal areas. As a precaution, the Police Department has closed the upper and lower Great Highway and the National Park Service has closed Ocean Beach, Baker Beach, China Beach, and Fort Funston.

This is in response to the 8.9 magnitude earthquake in Japan, which caused a tsunami warning to be issued for the US West Coast, the San Francisco Department of Emergency Management (DEM) has activated the City’s Emergency Operations Center.  DEM is currently in contact with the California Emergency Management Agency.

The City has not ordered an evacuation.  Residents are advised to monitor local media for information updates.”

UPDATE: And here’s his statement:

MAYOR EDWIN M. LEE’S STATEMENT ON THE RECENT EARTHQUAKE AND TSUNAMI IN JAPAN

Mayor Edwin M. Lee today issued the following statement regarding the recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan:

“On behalf of the residents of the City and County of San Francisco, I extend our deepest condolences to the people of Japan and to the families and friends of those affected by the devastating earthquake and tsunami that struck there today.

Our thoughts and prayers are with those whose lives have been impacted by this tragedy. I have contacted the Counsel General of Japan in San Francisco with our expression of sympathy and our willingness to join any international assistance effort.

We will continue to monitor the tsunami warnings that have been issued for the California coastal regions and act accordingly. This is a stark reminder to our City that we must always be prepared for the next disaster to ensure our families are safe.”