Resilient Diamond Heights Meeting Feb. 27: Emergency Supplies Needed for Your Home or Business

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For those new to our Resilient Diamond Heights (RDH) email list, RDH has provided resources, trainings and plans for preparing Diamond Heights for all types of emergency situations. Residents from other neighborhoods are welcome to attend our meetings.

Please join us for our next meeting Feb. 27th with dinner at 6 pm and Emergency Supplies Presentation By Greg Carey, 6:30 to 8:00 pm. Please reply to Betsy Eddy at betsy.eddy@gmail.com so that we have plenty of food for dinner.

Betsy for the Diamond Heights Community Association and Resilient Diamond Heights.

Have you wondered how to start preparing your household for an emergency? Do you know the difference between a “Go Bag” and a “Shelter Kit”? What about additional needs to help your neighbors?

In this month’s Resilient Diamond Heights (RDH) Workgroup Meeting on Feb. 27th, we will look at examples of these various levels of preparedness. Not only will we peak inside home supplies, but also look at examples of what a NERT volunteer may want to have ready as well as some of the more sophisticated equipment RDH has been accumulating to provide neighborhood support in the case of an earthquake, major fire, or extended power or water outage. Come prepared with questions and be sure to invite your neighbors who might not know about the work we’ve done for over 12 years to prepare for disaster.

Also remember to follow us on Facebook to stay up to date on being better prepared for the unexpected: https://www.facebook.com/resilientdiamondheights/

Resilient Diamond Heights Workgroup Meeting
Thursday, February 27th, Dinner: 6:00, Presentation 6:30 to 8:00 pm
St. Aidan’s Church, Upper Level, 101 Gold Mine Drive
Parking: Next door in the Safeway parking lot 

Greg Carey’s RDH Pamphlets for Evacuations, Food Safety, Heat Emergencies, Sanitation and Sheltering

Hi Resilient Diamond Heights Workgroup,
Here are Greg Carey’s five excellent pamphlets. Thank you, Greg!
Let me know if you cannot download the pamphlets.
Betsy for RDH
Resilient Diamond Heights
Public Information Brochures
Resilient Diamond Heights (RDH) has developed five brochures to train its volunteers and the public on how households can prepare for a wide variety of emergencies. This was undertaken when we found that very little of information scattered over the Internet is in a format that is easily understood. Some is written for the professional, and covers plans rather than procedures. Other material is over-simplified with little details of what or why certain recommendations are made.

These new brochures are based on broad research, and condensed into a single page (front and back) covering each safety topic, with graphics from the Internet where helpful. Links within the brochures allow more details if the reader desires. The following descriptions include a link to each brochure, allowing it to be downloaded for local reading or printing.

Planning Evacuations: The experience of the 2017 Santa Rosa fires that destroyed whole neighborhoods was that no advanced warning was given until sheriff’s deputies began pounding on doors at 2 AM. The average family had less than 8 minutes to gather people, pets, and belongings before evacuation. This brochure explains how to prepare your household, whether the emergency is a local fire or an area wide disaster: https://www.dropbox.com/s/g43nvk6kk6yfucm/Evacuation%20Flyer_1_6.pdf?dl=0

Sheltering: The New York Times recently ran an article that explained that construction of most San Francisco high-rises will protect life, but that damage after a 7.0 earthquake may render 50% of the buildings uninhabitable. Looking on the bright side, this also suggests that at least 50% of the residents will be able to shelter-in-place during the recovery. This brochure provides tips on preparing to shelter, include the important lists of what should be in your “Go Bag” and what should be in your “Shelter Kit”:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/dbwyeb6qqa593m1/Shelter_Flyer_1_0.pdf?dl=0

Heat Emergencies: San Francisco’s extreme heat during the 2017 Labor Day weekend led to the death of several people, along with the hospitalization of dozens because most homes lack air conditioning. This brochure provides tips for remaining healthy, and especially provide tips for vulnerable residents who depend on assistance from relatives and neighbors to remain safe: https://www.dropbox.com/s/6d5upws26fgi0ts/Heat_Flyer_1_1.pdf?dl=0

Food Safety: A power outage affects both refrigeration and the ability to cook food to prevent illness. Refrigerated food begins to spoil after as little as 4 hours, and a regional disaster could leave homes without power for days. This brochure explains how to stay safe at both the household and the neighborhood levels until mass feeding is set up by the government following a large disaster: https://www.dropbox.com/s/cz0erorgmpsquuh/Food_Flyer_1_0.pdf?dl=0

Sanitation: Regional emergencies may cut off water for days or weeks, rendering toilets unusable. This brochure explains how to prepare for this possibility and how to maintain safe and sanitary conditions until plumbing returns to normal:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/unbnb4t1uhn6lhm/Sanitation%20Flyer_1.pdf?dl=0

Resilient Diamond Heights Workgroup Meeting and Dinner May 23

Our Resilient Diamond Heights Workgroup has been meeting for 9 years to work with neighborhood organizations and residents to prepare for that big earthquake in our future and for local emergencies. Please attend to learn how you can become involved.

Resilient Diamond Heights Workgroup Meeting

Tuesday, May 23rd, 6 pm dinner – sandwiches and salads, meeting at 6:30 pm 

St. Aidan’s Church, upper level, 101 Gold Mine Drive at Diamond Heights Blvd. 

Please reply to me betsy.eddy@gmail.com if you plan to attend so that we will have plenty of food. 

Parking available across the street in the parking lot next to Safeway 

Please invite those who may be interested in our important planning for Diamond Heights. 

On the 23rd, we will present the scope of work for two of our projects:

  • Planning for the Neighborhood Support Center at St. Aidan’s Church that will serve as an important meeting place to gather and share information after a disaster. We are working with Daniel Homsey, Director of the Neighborhood Empowerment Network (NEN), and his Resilient San Francisco projects to design this project based on a handbook developed in New Zealand after the destructive earthquakes there in 2011.
  • Creation of a disaster preparedness strategy for Diamond Heights. This initiative will focus on identifying the vulnerable populations in our community, what their preparedness needs and goals are and how to help them achieve them. Resilient Diamond Heights will work with the Neighborhood Empowerment Network (NEN), the Departments of Public Health, Human Services, Emergency Management and the American Red Cross on this effort. 

We are really excited to invite you to join us in this important mission and look forward to seeing you on May 23rd. 

Betsy for the DHCA and Resilient Diamond Heights Team

RESILIENT DIAMOND HEIGHTS MEETING JAN. 31, 7 PM

You are invited to attend the next Resilient Diamond Heights Workgroup meeting on Tuesday, January 31 at 7:00 pm at St. Aidan’s Church, 101 Gold Mine Drive. Diamond Heights neighbors and organizations have been meeting for seven years to develop plans to prepare the neighborhood for local or regional emergencies. We are hopeful that moving the Workgroup meetings to the evening will make it possible for more people to become involved. We want to hear your thoughts on what is needed for resilience preparedness in Diamond Heights. Please respond to Betsy Eddy, betsy.eddy@gmail.com, if you are able to attend.  

Details about the San Francisco NEN/ECP work can be found at: http://empowersf.org/ecp/.