emergency preparedness

Emergency Supplies Coming for Golden Gate Heights

By Jonathan Farrell

In July, members of the Golden Gate Heights Neighborhood Association (GGHNA) formally expressed its endorsement and support for providing emergency supply boxes at various locations in the district. The boxes would be installed and maintained by the Neighborhood Emergency Response Team (NERT).

In a letter supporting the local placement of emergency boxes, GGHNA noted: “In the event of a major emergency, such as a serious earthquake, NERT volunteers, who are under the direction of the San Francisco Fire Department, will establish a primary staging area in Golden Gate Park at the Big Recreation Field.”

An emergency supplies box would contain important communications equipment and other supplies to aid in assessing damage and injuries, the need for rescue, care and relief and communication coordination during the height of an emergency before city, state and federal authorities can mobilize.

“We support locating a NERT storage box in the neighborhood so that residents on this relatively less accessible hilltop (of our neighborhood) are served in the event of emergency and appreciate your cooperation in selecting the best location for these critical communication and coordination supplies,” said GGHNA president Sally Stephens.

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A NERT storage box for emergency supplies.

Due to a $25,000 grant from SF Supervisor Norman Yee’s office, the Inner Sunset/Golden

Gate Heights Neighborhood Emergency Response Team (NERT) hopes to locate a container of disaster response supplies somewhere in Golden Gate Heights to help the community after a major earthquake. NERT would like to have the boxes in strategic locations in the district, so residents can be fully prepared in the event of an emergency.

Sites for the emergency relief boxes are currently being sought for the Golden Gate Heights. The locker would have to be accessible at all times.

The NERT supplies locker measures 60-inches wide, 30-inches deep and 37-inches tall.

“We can paint it any color (like brown) to be unobtrusive,” says Sherry Beschert, a NERT coordinator.

“We were enthusiastic about the proposal, with the idea of placement at either Golden Gate Heights Park or the J.P. Murphy Playground,” said Frank Noto, a representative of the Sunset Heights Association of Responsible People (SHARP).

For more information or to host an emergency locker, send an email to sffdnert@sfgov.org.

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