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how we really work together as a community. it has been very gratifying and i have to say. with this fire, which was critical that we pull a trigger before activating that. i would like to thank everybody, especially from your office, that supported that decision. in this jurisdiction, we are responsible for mass care and shelter. we get to cut our teeth on the apartment fires. we're going to have apartment fires or a bigger earthquake. there is no in between. it is really important that if we use these opportunities to learn from each episode and to
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go about and provide a better response to the next time, thank you for allowing us to be able to lower the threshold to get all partners together. just being there and being in assisting hand, you provide the hard work. >> before we move on to the next, i believe the president -- >> they came together to help with my constituents in this city. one thing i have seen consistently in the major fires is difficulty in getting folks that are able to translate to model and will communities.
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they will think about how to get personnel that are bilingual on to the scene. the first start of the presentation, i wanted to know a little bit more about them. gosh it was -- and >> it was serendipity. there was a backup for the internet. it took us a couple hours to
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find an employee that new the password. but we found it and then had internet around midnight or so. it was about 3:00 in the morning when we got the city network backup. it was a glitch, but it didn't affect our ability to handle the disaster. >> higher appreciate that given this is the second time i have heard of the situation involving somebody that did not know the password to the system. i hope we can address this in the future. >> we know the password now. [laughter] >> obviously, i hope that our agencies will figure out the situation.
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all of us have experienced female outages, and it would be good for us to know that it will not affect our emergency operations. >> i wanted to confide anybody from the disaster council, if you have comments, questions, suggestions about the new year's eve of sense, i would love to hear them. it will make us a collaborative environment, no less. and for the supervisor's benefits, they are there because the engine that oftentimes won't be there when we needed. that is heavily built the system and that is how we have practiced the system. we can't let it interfere with our ability to manage. >> in this day and age, a lot of high tea systems, we should be
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able to have uptime 99.99% of the time. that is what the private sector is able to achieve. >> moving on to the next item -- i do want to make one announcement. it was just reminded that we are convening a house a workshop to start to look at this issue of the interim housing. he typically have a shelter operation, how you have long- term solutions to housing. we know we are going to have the gatt for three months or three years while we get things rebuilt. and how to do that has been the subject of some debate and concern for a very long time. it started with the visibility of everyone and continues to remain there.
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the federal government has plans. we want to find what are good solutions for san francisco. convening that in the near future, that will be the kickoff to a larger process to really look at what to do in that gap between shelter and fully recovered. they can be a significant challenge as we look through the nation. again, it will be a situation that i think will take all of us to solve the. we need to get all of our heads together to come up with a way to do this. the next thing i would like to bring up, it was an exercise series that emergency management and public health were directly involved and a lot of other departments were indirectly involved in.
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the federal government health and human services wanted to do an exercise that looked at the post-end iraq's attack. how we would handle from three of four days into its how to a number of days. we're about lots and lots of work around the site of mass access and be able to get antibiotics to people very quickly. the department of public health has done an amazing job of exercising a plan that is really a template for the nation. the play but has been shared through a lot of jurisdictions. that is nice. this is a biological issue. this is a warfare agent that is not going to go away with one round of antibiotics. how you deal with hundreds of thousands of people exposed to something that will take a minimum of 60 days of
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antibiotics. what you do with the contaminants. it is a question that nobody has really addressed at the highest of all because it focuses on the 72 hours of getting the antibiotics out. we started this process back in the fall, and the exercise series really kicked off in february. it had every level of government and was really unique. has not been done to many times where we have local government, regional representation, public and private, state local government, health and emergency management. and the federal east coast, headquarters level. it created a very interesting discussion. even a focus on topics, it was a good discussion. they took the findings that we
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rose at local level and use that to and form an interagency exercise in washington d.c. that we attended a represented san francisco at this meeting. headquarters level people in the same room talking to these issues. and a very interesting. i will share some of the lessons as i see them. earlier this week, it is a bit of a blur because we went to the sea for 24 hours. they actually had a senior officials exercise. now we are getting up and to white house national security staff and assistance and undersecretary level. this was the full gamut of levels in the government. we have local. the state could not join us on monday.
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again, the same questions were repeatedly raised. we were able to gain some insight. -#es you that i got a lot of insight and it is very interesting. how the federal government operates, it is very different and between our regional partners the are located in region 9 and headquarters, they sometimes have a very different opinion about how things are going to go. it illustrates for these disconnects will occur. it gives us an opportunity to play out how to anticipate what is going to happen so we can get the job done. we have got to deliver. we can't get hung up because somebody in washington doesn't know the answer or one to give the answer. we will be held accountable.
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with that, this really high level of lessons that i took. the specifics of biologics, who the science is not perfect. they're a lot of assumptions and a lot of it is not tested. they know the bureaucracy gets an ally like nobody's brother. it was very and lightning how much bureaucracy will get in the way of us delivering us -- and aware of thus delivering what we need to deliver. the other thing that i would say, when it comes to who is in charge, in my world, we rely on a national response framework. i think it was something like a biological attack. it will be rather contentious. there will be a lot of debate over who is really in charge.
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that is based on some direct things i saw happening on monday, things were the federal government was actively looking for ways to interpret federal statutes so if necessary, they can impose their will. the state does not agree with that opinion. the state agrees that we are our own community. therefore, the governor and the mayor have a lot of authority. we will see what happens. it does give us insight so we can start to plan for that eventuality. you can't pin this on one administration are at other. it is something that people that have only worked in federal government have worked in their career. we saw the coordination of a
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public message. we saw firsthand, where we're just trying to get an answer about is radiation being released a threat to the west coast, they are unable to release and answer that they all knew. it will play out in any coordination of a public message. the medical surgeon is a huge gap in any community and is something bad has got to rise up to our number one priority, our health care system operates at 90% capacity on a good day. we are no exception to that. we have the incident management things figured out. we know how to solve problems together. our next focus of area has to revolve around the federal search. that will remain a high priority.
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that a huge challenge will be automatically don't start to focus on that. >> i think i can echo what they have been saying. a couple of health perspectives, is really hard for the federal government partners to think of a practical double. the really, i think, shed some light on developing practical standards. [inaudible] and really thinking through a framework of how to get our communities on that. you can't say you're going to do to every building in san
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francisco you did to our building. that was a huge thing that was really i opening. they have been thinking about it, but they have not been sharing it on the local or state level. i think that really came through. some of these things, it is a huge health issue that came out. it won't be enough for the entire bay area. again, if the new normal is anthrax, who would be in charge of that, and how would be affected. i think what was really encouraging was that we had a local thing here a few weeks ago.
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i think we felt on a local level, there and has been a lot of great work. we seem to communicate and work together a lot better than some of these vertical communications. and to echo for the health, they're really talking about the city. >> i will open it up to any members of the council of that like to ask questions. if you like to share on this exercise theory and anything, many of you participated in february. moving on.
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>> holly deal with the possibility of a false deposit. to what example -- to what extent is the private sector involved in these exercises? >> the private sector was involved in every level of this exercise to the chamber of commerce and the business groups. we have done locally, and there was 1 and march. the small business administration, they are at the table of these things. your legislation around the false positives are spot on. i was able to receive a briefing from people at the pentagon. this is where you have essentially the ideal environment for this sort of center. even under ideal conditions, they are still very unreliable. it is very important that we
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pass this legislation and knowledge the fact that there will be a fair amount of false positives. moving on to the last item, a real brief comment on st. patrick's day, a lesson we learned from new year's eve about how best to manage some of these incidents. >> at the debrief, discussions of having some alternative placed to take large numbers of drunk people of the than to the jail, the closed at 1:00 in the morning for any drunks. those six closed around 1:45. they were packed. what do we do with them.
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when is the next chance. saint patrick's day. we had six steals hospitals. they will respond to set up medical care after something like an earthquake. we went to the foot of market street. there is a slab of concrete there and we set up a field hospital. into the health department, we were able to legally operate as a one-night at john to the sobriety center. this is designed for the chronic public inebriates did -- a street person. and that is where they are taken if they meet the criteria for not going to a hospital.
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we took the same criteria. the nurse will train us insobriety medicine that is a specialty in and of itself. it was a thursday night, so we saw 11 patients between the ages of 22 and 32. they all would of gone the hospitals, most likely. we prevented those admissions, and six of them came by rail cars. five came from ambulances. this allowed the officers as well to have a five-minute turnaround. it just took five minutes to give us what we needed and we took it from there. we had the benefit, we're really pleased that we have a
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partnership. they have partnered with us to have heard people come out and move our tents to wherever we need them had set up. it is these three residents that put that up in the morning and took it down the next day. i trained them so well, that if the earthquake happened next week, we would make a call over there, a live rabbit one of our trucks, but get up and put it all up for us. that is set. supervisor mirkarimi: i wanted to say congratulations. before we go, all of these reports are very heartening. coming up, i would like to
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believe that the new year's eve response and the st. patrick's day response has been a good precursor for preparing for a very concentrated event that is not unfamiliar to any of us. ""mhíand let that be certainlya level of preparation. this weekend, with japan on our mind and japan town, i think the underscoring the theme is recovery. how encouraged the city family to come out and show full support. >> thank you very much. we will keep things moving here. we skipped over the tsunami alert >> i missed that one on my notes.
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we did have a tsunami warning that came out. we will be doing in after action report on this. né of the event. i wanted to touch on a couple of the basics. just a little after midnight, we had the eoc spun up. from there, the primary objectives that we have work to keep the senior leadership informed and to get out the right public message and be consistent and keep the public message out there. the warnings that we get our genetic endowment for the entire west coast. they can be really kind of scary. they require a little bit of analysis. we realize that the amount of water we are looking at is probably not any higher than the high tide we just experienced.
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our course of action was to set up a buffer zone that was essentially ocean beach and a great highway. and get on with our media partners, we are not evacuating into this is not something to panic over. they have a different story. for our purposes, we really felt like we had to get out there and keep people, and understand that there was really not a larger threats. with that, i think we accomplished those objectives. lee will be digging into those, so when the after-action report gets circulated, i would encourage people -- we will present it at another disaster
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council meeting. i think that is is for item four. >> any other comments before we move on to the next item? who is presenting for recent disasters? hashemi, primarily. the recent disasters, this will be fairly quick. i would like to invite members of the disaster council to engage in discussion. these events are so relatively early. having had the opportunity to be in washington with a lot of people that were directly involved, i wanted to convey some of the things that i've picked up. beginning with the new zealand experience, it so happened that one of the assistant illustrators was actually in new zealand representing the secretary of, and security at a
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meeting that happened to be there when the earthquake struck. i have the opportunity to talk to him a little bit. for the first time in a very long time, i am seeing seismic activity really register at the federal level. so often, they're focused on hurricanes and flooding. for now, seismic activity is really high on the radar. with that, there were lessons that he brought back that i thought were very interesting and insightful. it is not so much the number of directors scale that was the problem, it was the energy released in the shaking. this one was lower, but it caused far more damage. it is something i am sure that the department of building inspection is looking at. new zealand has good building
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codes and there are actively enforced. they still have a lot of damage to really new buildings. the lessons that will come out of that will probably drive changes down the line in our own building code. there are a lot of things to look at. mother nature will throw us a curve ball. that event in new zealand, liquefaction is something that we talk about, but until you see pictures of it right after it happened, i would encourage people to look at pictures of new zealand, christchurch after the event. they brought back pictures of a car. this really brought it home. we talk about this all the time
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and it is absolutely, positively the truth. neighbors are the ones that rescue neighbors. that is what happened in japan, that is what will happen here, are partners with the red cross and every other agency, we have to keep the focus on community resiliency. does anybody have any comments on christchurch new zealand? the japan van, very early, there will be a lot of lessons to be learned. we don't have the experts to really dissect it yet, i wanted to hone in on the experience in washington, the ringside seats in trying to get a public message out about this event. we were there 48 hours after the earthquake and a tsunami. mr. the really deal with the radiation aftermath. watching our partners in the
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federal government having offline conversations with them, they got hung up in the bureaucracy of saying what needed to be said. they were begging for just a press release from the federal government that said it is going to be ok. it just goes to the fact that public messaging is another area where we have got to streamline and focus. and with that, any comments about japan? excellent. >> we are going to have diana and commande>> excellent. >> hello. i am commander aa. [unintelligible]