Newsom accepts recommendations
from San Francisco Disaster Council
Bay City News Service
December 7, 2006
SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) - San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom
announced Wednesday that he has accepted a recommendation from
the San Francisco Disaster Council to adopt the council's new
Earthquake Response Plan Enhancement.
Initially presented for members' review at an October meeting
of the Disaster Council, the document supplements San Francisco's
existing Emergency Operations Plan with specific response planning
for a catastrophic earthquake, according to the Mayor's Office.
The document also includes input from all city departments and
data gathered from past urban earthquakes around the world, the
Mayor's Office reported.
"This plan enhancement provides our city with an unprecedented
level of planning and readiness in the event of a major earthquake,''
Newsom said in a statement. "By any objective standard, our
emergency services team has made incredible progress over the
last two years readying our city for a major catastrophe.''
According to Newsom's office, the citywide Emergency Operations
Plan was updated for the first time in 10 years in 2005 and now
provides for emergency response to multiple kinds of disasters,
In order to prepare for the plan enhancement, Newsom's office
reports that the Emergency Services Division reviewed research
of reports and reviews of large, urban earthquakes, including
the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake, the 1994 Northridge earthquake
and the 1995 Kobe, Japan earthquake.
The details of the plan enhancement were not immediately available.
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