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DEPARTMENT HIGHLIGHTS _________ ____ North Bay Fires Emergency Management Mutual Aid Deployments The October 2017 Northern California wildfires burned at least 245,000 acres, forced 90,000 people to evacuate, destroyed almost 9,000 structures and killed at least 43 people, making it the most destructive wildfire California has ever experienced. San Francisco sent more than 200 individuals to help in the response and recovery from these fires. Contributing departments include: Fire Department, Police Department, Sheriff’s Department, Emergency Management, Public Health, Human Services Agency, Department of Technology, Controller’s Office, Port, Public Works, and Animal Care and Control. Bay Areas Urban Areas Security Initiative Joins Regional Response to North Bay Fires The devastating North Bay fires required a regional response to support our overwhelmed North Bay communities and the Bay Area Urban Areas Security Initiative (UASI), a Division within DEM, joined the region’s effort to help. Thanks to the development of numerous strategic initiatives funded and led by the Bay Area UASI, the response and recovery was benefited by the following: • The Bay Area Joint Information System (JIS) Framework plan was activated to facilitate regional JIC-JIS coordination and operations to share public information, Public Information Officer talking points, press releases, monitor social media, facilitate media analysis and rumor control. • Guidance developed from the 2017 Shelter Capabilities Building region-wide workshops and Yellow Command Table Top were actively used by the City of Santa Rosa, Sonoma, Solano, Napa, Marin and Contra Costa counties to plan and execute effective sheltering operations. • The C-POD operation’s guides were executed and C-POD Type III equipment deployed to facilitate registration and distribute commodities such as water, face masks, and gloves to populations re-entering evacuated areas in Sonoma County. • The Emergency Management Mutual Aid (EMMA) plan was used to provide Emergency Manager mutual aid to the North Bay affected areas. The EMMA plan was developed with a combination of Bay Area UASI and Los Angeles UASI funds.