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DEM regularly assembles a variety of advisory groups and strategic partnerships, each with a
particular role in San Francisco’s preparedness.
FEMA National Advisory Council
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) National Advisory Council (NAC) is an
advisory committee established by federal law to ensure effective and ongoing coordination of
federal emergency management activities. Members include representatives from a wide array of
backgrounds and communities involved in or affected by the emergency management profession,
including DEM Executive Director, Anne Kronenberg. The NAC provides recommendations to the
FEMA Administrator on a variety of issues within emergency management and plays a pivotal
role to ensure effective and ongoing coordination of federal preparedness, protection, response,
recovery, and mitigation for natural disasters and man-made disasters.
California Earthquake Early Warning Advisory Board
The Earthquake Early Warning System is a series of sensors in the ground that detect shaking
and can send warnings before the shaking occurs. Even a few seconds of warning before shaking
occurs can have many lifesaving benefits including time for residents to drop and cover, trains
halting, and for doctors to pause delicate surgeries. Earthquake Early Warning is becoming more
and more of a reality for California and the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (CalOES) is
tasked to develop a comprehensive statewide earthquake early warning system.
To support implementation of this critical system, DEM Executive Director, Anne Kronenberg was
named as the Northern California Representative to the California Earthquake Early Warning
System Advisory Board by the California State Senate Committee on Rules to represent county
government. The position switches between Northern and Southern California. As one of
seven voting members, Director Kronenberg provides advice on four functional areas: system
operations, research and development, finance and investment, and training and education.
As the representative for local government, she is in an ideal position to champion an effective
system for local municipalities that provides residents, businesses, and emergency responders
with warning to take proactive action ahead of an earthquake.
Homeland Security Executive Committee
The Homeland Security Executive Committee is chaired by DEM and includes department heads
from City public safety agencies to provide executive-level support and input into the City’s
homeland security and emergency management program.
The Disaster Council is chaired by the Mayor and is managed by DEM. The Council provides a
public forum for City departments and stakeholders to review high-level information on the state
of disaster planning in San Francisco.
Disaster Preparedness Coordinators
Disaster Preparedness Coordinators coordinate City-wide emergency planning across multiple
agencies. DEM convenes more than a dozen public safety departments every other month to share
information on major events, and training opportunities. Each of the following City departments
have a Disaster Preparedness Coordinator:
Asian Art Museum
Children, Youth, and Families
Fine Arts Museum
Office of the Mayor
Mayor’s Office on Disability
Public Utilities Commission
Recreation and Park
Unified School District