In accordance with FEMA’s “Whole Community” approach to crisis response and community and economic recovery, the Offices of Emergency Services (OES) in the counties and core cities of the San Francisco Bay Area, recognize the need for communication, coordination and cooperation among all community stakeholders in the community – those directly involved in emergency management as well as those with an interest in rapid and effective recovery.
When disaster strikes, businesses want to help, but often do not know how. Historically, information and resource sharing activities between the public and private sectors have too often taken place in an ad hoc, isolated, and reactive fashion, resulting in less than optimal assistance to individuals, families, communities, and the economy. The impact of the 2007 and 2008 Southern California wildfires, 2009 H1N1 flu pandemic, 2010 San Bruno gas pipeline explosion, 2011 Occupy protests, and other global emergencies and disasters have emphasized the critical need for the organized synchronous exchange of information and resources between public and private sector organizations in mitigating against, preparing for, responding to, and recovering from disaster events.
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