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>> good morning everybody, is this thing on? i like to call the meeting to order. good morning. thank you for being here and coming to the final quarterly diaster council meeting of the fiscal year. i'm calling the meeting officially to order. my co chair here, mayor london breed, chief of staff shawn. before we start, i like to start the meeting by remembering one of our colleagues and dear friend who passed away last month. i worked with joanna all 15 years, really that i was here.
i learned so much from her and she has instilled in me certa certainly values and advocacy around folks that are the most vulnerable. as we're going to talk about later in the meeting, there are some significant risks we have as a city that will affect our most vulnerable. i want to say a few words about joanna. she was a trailblazer her entire life. she was the first person with a disability to attend the public school system in her native grease. after graduating, she pursued disability advocacy work. the pacific a.d.a. center and the city of sacramento before she joined the mayor's office of disability in 2006. joanna played a leading role in insuring that the implementation of the american with disability
act was consistent with our city's progressive values. her work helped to ensure that san francisco moved closer to inclusion and full social participation of all deaf and disabled people. joanna developed the city's first ever a.d.a. trainers academy and she was passionate about employment, transportation, safety, and disaster planning for people with disabilities. most recently, joanna's personal testimony on what it is like being a working professional and mother with a disability helped to move s.v.26, the aisesabil y aisesability -- accessibility for all act, that went to be signed in 2018. this ensures wheelchair users will have access in the future.
most of all, joanna's love for her family and her kids was central to her life. she taught them the values that she lived by, that disability, equity and culture must be recognized and never separated from race and class and the voices of people with disabilities must always be heard. her unique style and approach, her humor, for sure, will never be forgotten. i would like you all to join me in a moment of silence to honor our colleague joanna. thank you so much. >> okay, we are going to begin our official meeting agenda. i'm going to be reporting out on last week, last week or so. excuse me, heat response for the
days of june 7th to june 11th of this month. so, as everyone knows, i don't need to tell you, most of you were probably here, it got really hot in san francisco. unseasonably high heat caused public health to initiate their extreme heat protocols. these included regular daily d.e.m., instant management calls that we initiated with the national weather service and lead agencies, many of whom are here today. we issued as a city, daily situation reports, capturing expected temperatures and alternatives to city services based on the city's heat response. we identified facilities for public cooling and there was a robust public outreach, including community based organizations which we will hear a little bit later when the mayor is here.
what happened in san francisco? so we did all of this outreach, but really how did it affect us? we had a surge in the 9-1-1 system, which required the need for in-county and out of county mutual aid for ambulance services. the last time this happened was in the 2017 labor day heat wave. fortunately, our mutual aid plans were implemented and worked like they were supposed to and we were able to manage the surge. the next step we are working on is take a close look at the data to see where these calls originated from, who were the most impacted by the heat, so that we can preposition and put our resources to where they are most needed. all of this calls for a greater understanding and prior authorization of our built environment. the fact is that the majority of
our facilities and infrastructures are not equip to handle this kind of heat. while other cities in california can handle 90 degrees and up, and it's not an issue, why is it a crisis for san francisco, and that has to do with our own environment, as i'm sure you all know. we're working with the city administrators office, and we will continue to look for solutions, not only short-term, but midterm, and long-term strategies to address and improve our capen't -- capabilities for providing air quality relief and looking at long-term potential solutions for adaptation to these new climate changes and extreme weather that we're experiencing. i want to thank everyone, all of my colleagues that came together and got us through this and we will be working on this a lot
more and we have some more conversations on this when we get to the public safety shutoff and air quality issues that are on the agenda further. at this time, the public may address the entire disaster council for up to 2 minutes on any item within subject matter that is within jurisdiction of the council. so this is general public comment. do we have any members of the public here that wish to comment? okay. seeing none, we will move on. so, we are -- let's see, excuse me. so, mayor breed will be joining us in a little bit and at that time, we will pause the meeting for some special accommodations. now we're going to ask brian, where are you? there you are.
>> can i jump in real quick? >> yes, please. >> am i on? hello? okay, well, there you are. i just really want to -- as we start off on the tall building strategy, which is the topic that's up next. i really want to take the time to say this started up in 2017, mayor yee asked the director of emergency management, the d.b.i. and the public utilities commission to come together and create a tall building strategy for our downtown neighborhood, not just downtown, but our financial district and as we see it, it's merging into mission bay now. as we're thinking of all our tall buildings. it's one of the strategies in our earthquake implementation
program. tall buildings was one of the initiatives we would think about after private school evaluations and we worked with the applied technology council to find academics in the world, and engineers who have not touched any of our tall buildings in downtown san francisco, who can give us an objective, thought about how we should think of our buildings, not just how we survive an earthquake, but how do we make them more resilient because more and more people are living in the downtown neighborhood of san francisco and we need to rethink not only our building codes but our recovery plans and how many engineers we have who are certified to be inspectors and to think through our resilience of downtown san francisco. i really want to thank boma for being an active participant. this tuesday we had mayor breed ask us when we put out the tall building strategy in october,
she first and foremost wanted us to outreach to all the stakeholders and to go into other cities to get best practices. boma who has been a great participant with us, thank you for that. there is a lot of great work that came out of this and brian and his team, danielle miller had led the effort and how we're looking at them short-term, midterm, and long-term, and how we implement those recommendations. >> yeah, thank you very much naomi and thanks. i'm happy to be here, the third time is a charm. i think as i seem to get pushed off the agenda, they had us go first, which is great. naomi covered some information in the first few slides so i can move through it fairly quickly. you should have hand outs and i apologize if you can't see the screen up front.
this project was initiate in 2017. it was -- a lot of this was work that we've been thinking about around building performance, but also around downtown is a different part of san francisco. you know, emergency plans and recovery plans in downtown are going to be different than what you're going to see in the sunset district or in other parts of town, clearly because of the infrastructure there and the tall complex buildings and the impacts they may have. that was a big reason we wanted to do it. we're the only jurisdiction we're aware of in the country and around the world that has looked at tall buildings and earthquake impacts on tall buildings. so, if i move through the presentation here, naomi mentioned the motivation for doing it and then if we talk about our 30 year cap plan and lot of this falls into that area of do we, you know, of enhanced
building performance and how we think about it and our existing building stock. it's easier to think of making changes to future buildings, those not under construction, but what do we do about the vast number of buildings constructed in the last 100 years. so we look at these different buildings and map them out and spent a lot of time with a number of engineering students that went to d.b.i. and poured through 165 different records for tall buildings. these are buildings that are over-240 feet, and this sort of shows graphically where those buildings are. the colored ones in the middle of the map on the left are the tall buildings, the red ones are 240 feet, but then you can see the other ones that are in excess of 75 feet. 75 feet is another important number because that's how the fire department defines tall buildings, and correct me if i'm wrong, i think it's how high a
ladder can get from a ladder truck. they can get to 75 feet, but beyond that, the ladders aren't effective. so that's the other marker we're thinking about. if we go to the next slide and we begin to look at -- again, this is focusing on district 3 and 6. you can see the percentages of office and residential buildings that we're having in there. so the lighter colored or the lighter color in the bottom right corner there, you can see the hotels, mixed use, residential, there are some medical facilities in there and the darker ones, the blue ones, the more traditional, what you have been thinking of office or retail. so originally downtown 20 years ago, during the weekends, it was a ghost town. you can find parking there, it was easy to get around, and now you know that's no longer the case. that's because we have really changed it from being beyond business to residential, but
that means those buildings are occupied 24/7, not just 8 hours a day. it has a lot of implications for infrastructure and the types of people living in downtown, and also the impacts on the communities that surround it. chinatown, soma, those communities that have been there. if we go to the next slide, you can see the different types of occupancies i'm talking about. so, primarily the residential are moving south of market. they're the red buildings. we don't see as many of those in the northern area, closer to north beach. the red ones down below, you are typically in areas where we see a lot of action throughout downtown. you see that shaded on the graphic there. so, that's one of the considerations that we had and san francisco in 2007, i believe, was the one that we actually started implement performance standards for tall
buildings. in other words, when you wanted to construct the tall building, you had to verify it with having it being peered reviewed to be verified. we updated those in response to the millennium tower. so that is happening and we actually been leading the way on having this performance standard. those are the buildings we're not so concerned about. some of the buildings more in the blue area are older, pre-1990 steel frame biddings where we found after north ridge, there were issues with the connectors, the wells. those showed up and there were concerns that we may have similar buildings where there is still a lot of debate, even among the engineering community and how dangerous these buildings are, but there is certainly we want to look at and something we're going to follow up with. if we go to the next slide, we sort of look at some of those
structural systems that are in, and i mention this is the greenish one, the steel frame buildings we want to follow up on, and i think i already covered the sheer wall, which the orange ones, it's a mixture of concrete and sheer wall, that we have confidence that those buildings will perform well. those are our recently constructed buildings. >> what are the building types we discovered after the north ridge quake are problematic? >> yeah, those are the steel moment frame ones. those would be the green ones that are down below. again, there are some questions on how dangerous these buildings really are and there have been some antidotal evidence showing that it may not be so bad but,
again it requires more exploration. as we go to the next slide, you look at building foundation. there was a lot of discussion on every building should have peers that go all the way down to the bed right or wrong -- bedrock. there are two buildings that go down to the bedrock. those are the black ones in the middle. we have a lot of other buildings that are map foundations or map piles, which we expect they will perform very well. so i think that was one of the things they wanted to talk about in the report as well, that you don't have to go down to bedrock, it's not necessarily a result in a better building or performance. so, there are a number of factors they talk about, the depth of rock, like we were saying, the soil type, and you know, whether it's liquified, and the type of soil that's there, building height, the
slope of the lot, the adjacent structure, grown water level, we know we're having issues with the water level increasing and sea level rise, that's something we're following as well. we know that there is a lot of de-watering that is happening with a number of buildings in downtown on a regular basis. so, from this analysis we developed a number of recommendations. there are 16 of them in the report and i won't go through all of them. i'll just mention you know, the mayor's executive directive they focus on what is the more important short-term issues and lot of them are around this regulations for geotechnical issues and they have begun to issue information sheets for their staff, and we expect those to return into administrative bulletins which requires a more lengthy process to implement. a lot of those will be around making sure we have the proper
pier reviews and higher design standards. if it's a tall building, maybe it should be beyond code. for most of you, you may not be aware if you build it to the code, that means it will survive after an earthquake. it's not necessarily built to be reoccupied immediately after the earthquake. so there are some discussion, and we seen it at 181 fremont and some other buildings where they're goingon the code. we're going beyond the code with our city buildings. fire and police buildings are required to go beyond code, but that's another part of the discussion, when would it make sense to go beyond code? certainly part of that is how much did the building shake and you want a little bit of flexibility in the building, so that the structure will stay with it, but if there is too much flex ibilitflexibility, th non-structural component of the
building could fail. we have some components that are innovative requiring certain levels of stiffst in -- stiffness in the building. that's something they have been doing in other parts of the world for a little while. finally some of the other executive directive ones. i think this is more to the work that we're doing here at disaster council, around the state safety assessment program and how we're able to get buildings back up and cleared after an earthquake. that was a part of the decisi decision -- discussion on tuesday, where a lot of folks from different parts of the state around what's the best way to evaluate our buildings. there respect -- aren't a lot of cities that have buildings over 240 feet. you can't take a person that comes from, you know, potentially an engineer from
santa monica that's not use to looking at tall buildings and then have them look at our tall buildings. there are questions on how do we make sure we have partnerships that have people to evaluate those buildings. so another big part of it is looking at a downtown recovery plan and recovery framework. i'll go to the next slide here. the reason for this, i think there are many, thinking of different events that have happened, and the other reason is you think of downtown. we're looking at the tall buildings and we want to understand the context of those tall buildings, where are they sitting in? you can see the red on this scatter plot here shows those buildings that are higher and you can see by age, a fair number of them are relatively new. your building may be perfectly fine, but in the building across from you fails and you had to cordon off that building, then
your building may be perfectly functional will not be able to be occupied or used. so there are implement -- implications for the building owners and the neighborhoods around it. we wanted to think of chinatown, soma, mission bay, those areas that are communities where a lot of people live and i should mention, we're also going to look at the demographics of people in the tall buildings and lot of them are seniors, older people, people with disabilities where the idea of living in a tall building with an elevator is very convenient, but it does pose challenges after an earthquake making sure those elevators function and people can get out and you have rest centers and those things. the last slide i'll end on, we put together this draft recovery task force. you know, we've been talking with seattle with a recovery task force, portland is in the process of creating one, fema
has guidance around developing a recovery task force and we started to lay out the outline of what we thought one would look like in san francisco. we have a contract that's out that we will hopefully go into, entering soon to put together this framework and think about how san francisco will approach the recovery of a major earthquake or any other type of event. it would involve a mixture of public and private, and non-profit people in the leadership roles. it would be looking at a lot of these different recovery support functions the way we have emergency support functions. they wouldn't match one to one, but again when you begin to talk about recovery, it's not something that lasts a short period of time. it can go on 5, 10, 15 years, and some aspects may be done quickly and in two months and other aspects, including
housing, it could take several years. so having said that, thank you for your time. i don't know if we -- i think i'm over. i don't think we have time for questions. >> it's okay, anyone with comments or questions, we have time for one or two. >> and i'm available, easy to find afterwards. it's online as well. >> thank you, it was a great event last week, so thanks brian for all your work on it. are there any members of the public that wish to comment on this item at this time? okay, seeing none, we will move on to number 5 on our mayor directive 1804. also, whoever is speaking or if there are any comments, please remember to use the microphones as we are televising and recording this meeting.
heather. >> okay. >> thank you everyone, i'm heather green. [indiscernible - low volume] >> here's the mic phone. >> thank you. >> no problem. >> i'll be all right, i think. let's see. can you hear me okay? okay, so i'm here to report back on the piece of the mayor's executi executive directive that our office took the lead on working and close collaboration. let me thank the department of emergency management, the
department of public health, the mayor's office, our city administrator for making all of this work possible. the piece that i'm talking about is the inventory of locations available for use during future poor air quality and other weather-related events. the directive was issued in the wake of the smoke event that we had last fall, but as director carol was just saying, we have heat coming to us as well, and those are both important types of events that we need to plan together because the systems that treat them are related, hvac and cooling, and we need to look at these things in tantum. we also heard that smoke is dangerous and smoke affects us, but it's heat that is an acute risk in the short-term. we want to be mindful of where
the real, most pressing risks are. the work that we did in our office was delivered through the heavy lift of four fellows who i want to thank and name. that would be -- thanks to their data lift, we were able to consolidate the data we have from three different sources of the city, our emergency shelter list, our facilities resource and renewal model that we use, and our facility system of record to get a handle on all the buildings that were even conceivably possible, so we didn't leave any stone unturned. that gave us 765 buildings, a lot, too much to process, so we put some common sense screens to get a shorter list. we excluded private buildings
for the short-term, which we have on our shelter list to take a first pass on public buildings, excluded things that have an unfit use, so things like our fire station and police station where we would not want people congregating, like our health clinics, and those things don't make sense to send people there. two small buildings, buildings that were less than 900 square feet, just to draw a line to exclude the stand alone restrooms and small properties that we have in those systems. then we excluded those with no hvac systems whatsoever, so that's something we were able to capture through our renewal models. many of our buildings have nothing, and certainly not the mechanized ventilation that we know we need. now wet go to less than 10%, 143
buildings. the next follow up, thank you to all the departments on this slide and more as well. you know, we ask that the fellows asked out and asked the facility subject matters, and these departments to get to the answer as fast as possible. we could do an engineer's review of every building of the 143 buildings, but our building manages know which ones are best set up for the work that a rest bit center would need to do. we're trying to move as fast as possible, we are trying to get a handses -- handle on what the best next step would be. thank you to everyone that contributed. there is a list that emerged of buildings that are ready today to serve, if activated with the proper protocols for cooling
and/or cleaner air. so you'll see that. while i'm here, the cleaner air, and in this column. sorry, my kid had some doctor issues this morning so i'm on call. the list for cleaner air, ready facility is smaller than the cooling set. we know that we have work to do to build this list regardless. you can see that there is some distribution across. several of our libraries are well set up and we have cultural centers in here, where they recently had their cooling system upgraded and has a strong filtration system, so that's relatively new addition to this set. there is also some things that don't appear in this table that
are important to consider as we figure out how we're going to activate in the future. we know for example that our public pools can be an important part of our cooling response, not well suited for cleaner air, the ventilation piece is not there. in terms of cooling body temperature, quickly, those can be valuable resources. our museums and some of our performance spaces do have good cooling. we have to figure out the operational piece of all this and so, we want to make sure that we're proceeding in alignment with all the emergency response planning that needs to happen. we also ask those same subject matter experts to identify those buildings that might make good sense for near term investments which the building is oriented and with the systems today, to make it relatively seize sit -- easy to install systems like
portable air conditioners and air scrubbers. this is not a complete list. we know we have more work to do to identify those building that have the kind of cultural competencies we need so people can use them if we need them. we plan to continue that work in the month ahead. in the meantime, some candidates. next steps, so this has been folded into the more general memo about this executive directive overall, but we know that we need to define restbit centers, the level of service that we want to have as a city and the operational requirements there, confirm this short list we want to incorporate, which we want to incorporate into our actual response plan, and make sure the desired level of service that we are recommending is equitable and our office will be thinking about that over the summer conducting a more
detailed assessment of public facilities for future investments, like to install air conditioning in all of our major recreational and cultural centers. if we want that response, it would be a multimillion-dollar effort and we need to think smart because resources in the city are needed for lots of different things. this most importantly incorporates these facilities into the plans for emergency response to heat and smoke. we are looking at a one time procurement of the kind of portable system that will make -- it will be a quick activation and expansion of the network here. building a communications plan, this will be a d.e.m. and d.e.h. co effort. training our key stakeholders on air quality and heat protocols, once finalized, and last considering addressing the
service with private facilities, and we'll hear how important the activations we're able to achieve through the neighborhood empowerment network and all our community partners. government will not be able to provide emergency response alone, right? and any kind of major disaster, our communities will be part of the first response team and so, we need to figure out how we can best support them so the expectation is not entirely on us, and also the response can be distributed to those who need it. finally, the planning for especially vulnerable populations, i haven't discussed the school facilities, as you know, are not in the per -- privy, and we need to have detailed conversations with the school districts to make sure we're supporting them in whatever way we can and likewise
for the unsheltered, who do not have easy access to indoor air in a smoke event, we want to make sure they are, you know, addressed specifically in our response plans. with that, i will -- >> thank you. >> thanks francis. just a couple comments, thank you so much heather for your work. i want to acknowledge public health's efforts over the many months last year for completing the air quality annex and they presented last time we went in march. you know, just to go over the key areas, which again are to develop strategies to reach the most vulnerable populations around air quality exposure is to avoid exposure and to stay indoors. finally, that heat protocols will take precedence over air quality should we have a combined event of heat and air
quality which is totally within the realm of possibility. and there are a couple things about mutual aid, which is one of the directives from the mayor. d.m. has come pine-- compiled a roster that's needed for future mutually deployments and in addition, identify all the training and courses that are required to continue to grow that roster. we are working and we'll continue to work with city departments to support you in that. right now i want to ask francis to step forward. francis has really been such a leader regionally. i want to thank you for your work and we'll hear what he's been up to the last 9 months or so. >> good morning and thank you dr. carol. >> i'm sorry, before you start francis, why don't we give the council an opportunity to ask heather any questions or comments. >> just a question for heather and comment for d.e.m. on our heat response issues before we
move on. heather, we should probably make sure that presidio's inventory, and that relates to a coordination point which is on hot weather events. people will go to the coast. >> yeah. >> and we had a drowning at chrissy field during one of the heat events and i think as a city, in partnership with the national park service and the presidio, we need to decide on messaging and make sure the coast and beaches are safe because that is where people will go. so, it might involve also a little bit of human resources and making sure we have ocean trained staff available at some of our beaches or decide that we're not going to do that at all, and then our messaging needs to be crystal clear. we're senting people to the pools, get in the water when it's hot, we need to make sure our beaches and coastlines are
safe. >> correct, thank you phil. >> and thank you to rec park to acting quickly and opening the pools. i understand they were quite full and there are life guards there and we don't have the same situation on our coastal waters. i'm a surfer, and i know very well, they're not for swimming, really, for the vast majority of people. thanks for your comments. >> okay, good morning, my name is francis, i'm the director of external affairs. i am very excited today to present an update on the regional messaging component of our executive directive. what you have before you today, and this is document involves a lot of blood, sweat, and tears, is a revision, a revised draft of the bay area regional air quality messaging tool kit.
we ensure that cities and counties have clear and consisting messaging when it relates to air quality emergencies. the last thing we want is for our different counties and cities saying different things on how to stay safe, where to go during these air quality events and unfortunately that's what happened over the past two years. this effort was really a lot of work to try to gain consensus throughout the region on what the appropriate public information and protective health measures are. so i'm going to talk about how we got there. so first of all, this executive directive came in december, but we started doing some research and information gathering in february and through april. so we distributed surveys throughout the region to public information officers, to community based organizations, to elected officials to get their input on what they saw
during the air quality events, the type of information they saw, what was put out, what they would like to see, what would be helpful for them. we also got a lot of great information from subject matter experts in this area. so the association of bay area health officers, and i want to do a big shout-out to drdr. jan here who helped facilitate and get consensus on what the appropriate health measures are for air quality events. so we got a lot of input there. during that time, we developed a draft tool kit, which was reviewed by regional partners and one important thing here is that we put it to the test. in may, there was a regional -- okay, i'm going to take a pause here. we have the mayor and she's going to do some commendations
for people that did a lot of good work. >> welcome mayor breed, thank you for joining us. we're going to stop for a second as francis said and return to item number 3, which is our special come dags -- commendations. we've been talking about vulnerable populations since we started this conversation and this meeting and honestly, we cannot do it without our community partners. i'm so honored to have you here. i'm going to turn it over to mayor breed. >> thank you mary ellen and everyone for being here today. i remember the year before last when we had one of the first heat waves, one that we knew was coming, but didn't really understand how significant it would be because it wasn't something that we as a city was use to. we love san francisco because we
love the cold weather, probably. we all know that climate change is real and there are a number of issues that are impacting our environment and that includes challenges with wildfires, the issues around, you know, unanticipated increases in temperatures, which has really put us in a different situation. i remember when i was on the board of supervisorsers -- supervisors, we had hearings to talk about, where did we go wrong to respond and address the issues to support our residents, but in particular, our very vulnerable communities, especially our seniors. at that time, so many of the departments came together to talk about ways to work with our community-based organizations to improve our response to addressing any type of challenge, whether it's changes in air quality or changes to our temperatures, or what have you,
we wanted to be prepared for any situation and you all answered the call. i know i put out an executive directive last year when the wildfires hit and there were challenges with temperatures, and you know, without hesitation, so many of these incredible non-profit organizations and city college and interfaith council, and others, just really stepped up to the plate and made either facilities available, provided bilingual notifications to communities, did wellness checks and the things we needed to do to make sure there's no loss of life during this process and we checked in on our most vulnerable citizens throughout san francisco. in my mind, i knew i wanted to see this happen and you all made it a reality. so today, it's really about the organization who stepped up and went beyond the call of duty to
ensure the safety of so many residents in san francisco. just a quick example, i remember at that press conference, the year before last, one of the things i mentioned was meals on wheels or in-home support services, and those individuals who have direct interactions with some of our seniors on a regular bass -- basis, we need to put in place the kinds of systems to ensure as they're delivering those meals, checking in on those individuals, we need to say these people are okay or they need some additional assistance in some capacity. in addition to that, one of the other things that was talked about the rec and parks facility, opening our libraries and museums, where we know there was an air conditioner, because i know -- i'm sure you all had the same experience in your own
personal apartments or homes, no air conditioner exists in san francisco almost in any home and fans were sold out all over the place. at the end of the day, we need to make sure that our public facilities which actually have air conditioner is available to the public during extended hours and so many of our departments went above and beyond to make sure that the places we have in our city were available to people and so, we have improved what we provide in terms of outreach and support to the residents of san francisco. we have made, you know, things a lot better, things are truly organized and it's really about the relationship between the city department, the non-profit agencies, the community, and all of us coming together to really rise to the occasion when a disaster hits of any kind.
so i know that this is what this council is about, addressing those concerns and getting prepared for things we know are going to come. an earthquake is not a matter of the, it's -- if, it's a matter of when. we live in earthquake territory so we need to prepare for that. we have some other things we need to better prepare for in the future and this is just the start. i want to say thank you to all the agencies and organizations and people that really went above and beyond the call of duty to ensure the safety and well-being of so many san francisc franciscans. that's why today i want to take a moment to really honor you. sometimes i think we don't realize, we go on about our lives, we're working hard and everyone is focused on their jobs, but sometimes we need to stop and pause and recognize the
significance of what has been accomplished because of the work of so many incredible organizations. that's what today is about and with that, i'm going to turn it over to mary ellen to name the different organizations and their roles. we'll do photos and clap and then we're going to get back to work on the very important ensuring that san francisco remains prepare for anything that comes our way and thank you so much for playing an important role in doing just that. so mary ellen. >> thank you. [applause] >> okay, thank you so much. i'm going to call out the organizations and their representatives please come up and get your certificate. so we have bay view senior
>> and i believe that's everyone. oh, is there more? >> meals on wheels. >> oh, sorry. >> meals on wheels who did an incredible job for us. [applause] >> thank you so much. >> and finally san francisco in-home support services public authority, please come up. [applause] >> thank you so much. >> okay, group applause for
>> look at the telephone. one, two, three. okay. [laughter] >> great. >> thank you. [applause] >> all right, so all the fun is over with, time to get back to work. again, i want to thank all of you for everything you are all doing to keep us safe. it means a lot and congratulations to all the great organizations for the work you have already done and the work you will continue to do when we need you. thanks so much for being here today. thanks everybody.
[applause] >> okay victor. sorry, francis, you're in, you're on, go. >> okay, so talking about the public information tool kit. it was also important to get regional buy-in and regional review. i wanted to talk about regional partners that helped develop this tool kit, as well as reviewed it. we had the air quality management district, the association of bay area health officers, the regional management and prevention association, the regional joint information center, the officers from throughout the bay area, the county of alameda office of sustainability, and our urban area security initiative participated in this as well. now you can't develop a tool kit and think it's going to work during an emergency if you don't test it. so we were fortunate to have the
opportunity to test it at the california region two multi-agency table top that focused exclusively on air equal. there were health officers, city officials, public information officers that were responding to a simulated air quality emergency and they utilized this tool kit to help push out public messaging. now it helped us gain a lot of valuable insight on the usability of the tool kit and the messaging we had. now, i did talk about this already. now, how is this tool kit organized? how will this be useful for people? so part one includes some of our core messages, some of the messaging principles, and templates for use during air quality emergencies. so they can be f.a.q.s, fact sheets, short messages, long messages, press releases, it can
be used by any jurisdiction within the bay area, and they are, you know, organized by audience, so we can have messages for school, we can have messages for people doing special events, we have messages from employee to employer, or employer to employee, these are all critical things our survey was asking for. part two is also very important. for all purposes, it's a best practices guide for communicating with the whole community, so people that are hard to reach, our most vulnerable, how are we reaching out to them and making sure that people that aren't necessarily connected through the traditional media, through social media, electronically, how are we reaching them and really going that last mile? so what's next? so, from today to july 22nd, we're going to have an open
review period throughout the region where people will comment on the tool kit and provide further feedback. any feedback received by july 22nd will be part of the final draft. the final draft will be available in early august and posted to the website. what i want to say about the final draft is we're already starting to see some input about usability of it, so we're going to streamline it a little bit more to make it more useful during emergencies. the other important thing is this tool kit will be translated in the threshold languages in the bay area. we have accessibility information for the entire population. finally, we want to make sure people know how to use it. we're going to have webinars throughout the region, talking to public information officers and municipal officials about where this tool kit is, how you can use it during the next air quality emergency. with that said, are there any
questions? thank you. >> thank you. [applause] >> do we have any public comment on this item? okay. so, we will move on to item number 6, which is the report on the city and county's planning efforts related to public safety power shutout program. before we jump into this, i was remiss in not acknowledging an important person, an important event here. we have a new fire chief, jeanine nicholson. this is her first disaster council as chief, so it's worthy of note. i want to welcome you and say how happy i am to work with you sister and have you by my side in our efforts here in the city.
please say a few words and introduce yourself if you would like. [applause] >> thanks everyone. so it's great to be here. i want to introduce some of my command staff that's here. victor is here. [applause] >> deputy chief of administration, jose is here. [applause] >> and the guy really charge in the diaster, the assistant chief of homeland security. [applause] >> thank you so much. so the north bay fires of 2017 and 2018 caused unprecedented damage and significant loss of life as we're all well aware. in response to this tragedy, they have instituted and been