This Is Only a Test: NERT Emergency Preparedness Drill in Precita Park on Saturday

This week marked the 23rd annivesary of the 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake. In case you need a reminder of just how much that experience totally sucked, don’t miss the video  Julian Lozos, Bernalwood’s Chief Seismologist, posted on his blog, showing the effects of the earthquake at the time. Horrifying.

We don’t know when The Big One will happen, but we do know that Bernal Heights will be prepared — thanks to our solid foundation of chert and the many trained Neighborhood Emergency Response Team (NERT) volunteers who are ready to help when disaster strikes. I completed NERT training in 2002; it’s an impressively rigorous program.

This weekend, NERT volunteers from around the City will come to Precita Park for a large-scale emergency response drill. Neighbor John tells us more:

Here is some background on the NERT drill at Precita Park on Saturday, October 20.

Twice a year the San Francisco Fire Department NERT program runs city-wide drills. The October drill takes place in our neighborhoods. This year, the Bernal NERT team is hosting the drill for San Francisco Fire Battalions 6 and 9, which represent about a quarter of the city (Bernal is supported by SFFD Battalion 6, located in Station 11 at 26th and Church).

The drill starts goes from 8:30am to 12:30pm and will be staged on the west end of Precita Park, near Folsom. NERTs will be practicing the Incident Command System (ICS, a standard method for managing emergencies developed in response to wild fires in San Diego, 9-11 and Katrina), Damage Assessment, Cribbing, Utility Shut Offs, and HAM Radio Communications. Expect to see around fifty NERTs in their signature yellow hard hats and vests working in the staging area and walking around the neighborhood.

The drill is only open to SFFD-certified NERTs, but come by and talk to one of the Public Information Officers if you are interested. Or, come by the Bernal NERT table at Fiesta on the Hill on Sunday to learn more.

PHOTO: Shannon K

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