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- In response to Mayor Breed's Executive Directive 18-04, City Departments reported on how they will prepare for and respond to poor air quality and other weather-related emergencies, such as wildfire smoke and heat waves
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"As we head into wildfire season, we must be prepared for poor air quality and higher temperatures," said Mayor London Breed. "We need to look out for one another - especially our most vulnerable residents - and make sure that our communities know where they can go to access cleaner air and cooler facilities. We've made good progress, but the work can't stop here. We will continue to strengthen our preparedness and will find ways to partner with community-based organizations to make sure we are as resilient as possible."
In response to the poor air quality that
"Thanks to the hard work of City staff, we have reviewed our portfolio of City-owned buildings and identified those best suited to provide respite from extreme heat and smoke," said City Administrator
"The entire City is impacted by climate emergencies, but some people are affected more so than others. That is why we must work together to take care of those most at-risk to climate threats," said Executive Director
"The health and safety of the entire
DPH and DEM revised the City's Emergency Plan so that it provides recommendations and guidelines on how to protect public health during poor air quality events. The Plan identifies strategies to reach populations in
The Plan states that the best strategy for responding to poor air quality conditions is to avoid exposure to outdoor air by staying indoors as much as possible with the windows and doors closed. For persons who must be outdoors, N95 respirators will provide some level of personal protection against the harmful particles of wildfire smoke, but must fit well and provide a tight seal around the wearer's mouth and nose. In some cases, masks can make certain health conditions worse because it takes more effort to breathe through a mask. DPH will be providing N95 respirators for the unsheltered population in coordination with HSA and HSH. The Plan recommends that City Departments maintain a stock of N95 respirators for employees who must perform critical outdoor functions.
The Emergency Plan includes guidance on proper use of N95 respirators, and that guidance is also reflected in the public messaging toolkit. N95 respirators can only help when fitted properly.
Public Respite Centers
DEM is compiling a roster of City personnel across all Departments who meet new baseline training and experience requirements for potential future mutual aid deployments. This roster is separate from existing public safety mutual aid plans and includes staff from sixteen City Departments. DEM is also compiling a roster of deployable City personnel who have additional credentials or subject matter expertise often requested during or immediately following a disaster.
Regional Coordination - Public Outreach
DEM and DPH collaborated with the
The Memo from the
The City will address any potential service gaps caused by poor air quality and extreme weather events by collaborating with community-based and non-profit organizations that serve and are trusted by vulnerable populations. Mother
A more complete list of next steps is included in the Memo ()https://sfdem.org/sites/default/files/Update%20Executive%20Directive%2018-04%20062019.pdf2 submitted to Mayor Breed. DEM, DPH, the