SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS)— Emergency response agencies across the Bay Area are looking at disaster systems and protocols in the aftermath of Sunday’s 6.0 earthquake in the North Bay. Even agencies that were not directly involved in the response are learning lessons from the temblor.
San Francisco residents certainly felt the shaking shortly after three o’clock in the morning, but the city didn’t suffer much damage. Regardless, Anne Kronenberg, executive director of the City and County Department of Emergency Management, said her agency sprang into action.
“We quickly provided messages to San Franciscans through social media and traditional media. If you were following Twitter, I’m sure you saw the thousands of tweets that were happening,” she said.
Kronenberg said communication is an area where emergency service agencies always can improve.
Captain Tom Madigan with the Alameda County office of emergency services adds that the quake was a lesson of how it’s always good to have an emergency operation plan in place for the situation at hand, but also for any other “large-scale disaster”.
“In Alameda County we worked to test our plan on a regular basis,” Madigan said.
He said the response to Sunday’s temblor demonstrated that the mutual-aid coordination system between county agencies works well.