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the majority of people who have spoken today are white and middle class? i don't want to see the problem in the tenderloin. i live at ground zero, and the problem is largely because of neglect by landlords and bad city policies. we have young, you know, latino boys selling dope, some of these guys are children. no one that i know of has ever done anything, given them an opportunity to get out of drug dealing. we see people in wheelchairs selling their drugs for extra cash. these are all things that the city can do something about.
why do we have a methadone center and two s.r.o.s, a bar, offices, and now, you know -- [inaudible] >> these are all city policies that, you know -- the problem isn't going to -- the problem has to be pulled apart piece by piece, and it's not going to happen in just one street. i do support the task force, by the way. thanks. >> supervisor mandelman: thank you. next speaker. >> hi. my name is michael, and i am
drug dealing, open air drug use, and all the problems that go with it. we live among four sites that are disconnected. what that means is every day, our staff, with their families have to navigate all the traumas that has happened in this tenderloin district. we have kids who we ask more and more recently to reflect on their time in the tenderloin and their boys and girls club. and they don't even mention it anymore. they've normalized it, something that should not be normal. and what has ended up happening is we go through your essays to get in college, they don't even mention it no more. this is a very beautiful, tune time for us to really make some changes. i look forward to seeing what we do next because there's a lot of energy, a lot of argueses, a lot of people that
are ready to do something great here. what we're looking for is to have a system changing procedure, to allow changes in practices to really occur. this task force is definitely a step in the right direction, and i can't wait to see what happens next. thank you. >> supervisor mandelman: thank you. next speaker. >> my name is felicia smith. i'm the tenant organizer at the hotel at hyde and geary, half a block away from where a major drug organization is at. i moved there five years ago, and i noticed when i first moved there, there were all these 13 and 14-year-olds out
there, and i knew what they were doing. and i wondered, why aren't they in school? and now, it's the same guys out there, and they have become more aggressive. i walk out my door, and within 15 feet, i've got them saying, do you want something, mama? do you want something? it got to the point where i finally screamed, i don't do drugs. they're getting more aggressive, they're getting meaner. i would like to say one thing, that we've had a lot of negativity here. i've been in san francisco 39 years. this is my fourth time around in the tenderloin. it is the best time. it's a community now. i can walk down the street and have people say hi, felicia.
how you doing? or give me a hug, come across the street. the three times before, i didn't know anybody. it is a community now. now we just need to get rid of the drug stuff. thank you. >> supervisor mandelman: thank you. next speaker. >> good afternoon. my name is eric arguella ao an work at the glide community justice center as a community organizer. i think to have a long-term sustainable out come that has sustainable communities, it's best to learn what are the issues. it is history of trauma, drug use, and poverty will play a role. we all know criminalization, incarceration, war on drugs has
not worked. it only creates a system of punishing then taking a holistic healing approach long-term. this needs to be addressed by bringing members of the local community who are the experts, who understand the del indicate balance between surviving and thriving, people of color who understand experienced profiling on a day-to-day basis, individuals in recovery and such. the outcomes will be truly informed, well thought out, and in a harm rubbieduction approan a long-term approach. thank you. >> supervisor mandelman: thank you. next speaker. >> good afternoon, honorable supervisors. my name is riannon baylard, and
i am the executive director of operations at u.c. hastings law. thank you for addressing this epidemic that is overrunning the tenderloin. i oversee policing and security for hastings and this is an issue that we deal with on a daily basis. our staff are scared to come to work. our students, if they choose to come, many who come to the neighborhood decide not to attend hastings because of what they see here. those who do choose to come are scared to go-between buildings, and yet these are individuals that have a choice. they can choose to go to school or work elsewhere. as has been said, there are many in the tenderloin who do not have another option, including many seniors and children as has been mentioned multiple times. so i see an opportunity here
for us to come together, to reject that the tenderloin has and continues to be a dumping ground for drug activity and activities that more affluent neighborhoods push out of their neighborhood and into the tenderloin. i don't know what the solutions are. there have been a lot of good suggestions that have been provided to today, but i believe if you are all commit today convening this multidisciplinary task force and also commit to recommendations that come from the task force, it will be a step in the right direction, and hastings stands ready to partner with you in these efforts. thank you. >> supervisor mandelman: thank you very much. next speaker. >> hi there. i'm a resident, and i work in the tenderloin. listening to all of these people talk, i realized something. you know, i'm not smart enough, nor am i -- well, we'll just leave it at that.
i'm not smart enough to figure out what will work on this task force. but i do know for sure what won't work. i think it was in 1914 was the first several mandated markets laws was -- narcotics laws was established. now, i don't know what is right, but i know a path to follow, and that is what we have done in the past. so you've got to be thinking outside of the box because buying -- hiring more police may seem like that's a thing to do but that's the worst thing because that's all we've not done in the past. so all i can say it i don't know what you can do differently, but please, let's think outside the box and let's be a task force that can do
something for a positive change and not just be the same old, well, we did this last year so let's do it this year because it's too difficult to come up with something. really meaningful, and have it work. thank you. >> supervisor mandelman: thank you. next speaker. >> my name is tony page. i'm a resident in -- off the -- off of 6th street. i'm also a volunteer at glide. the reason why i've come, you know, we're talking about open air drug dealing. thing is, where i live, i see it all the time. and most of the people i see doing it truthfully are kids. i'm seeing, like, 13, 14, 15, 16-year-old kids doing it, and they're the ones that aren't making that much money off of it. it's the people that send them that's really making the money.
a lot of these kids are doing it just for survival. i think it would be a good idea to come off of this task force so we're not criminalizing them. some of them are doing it because they don't see any other opportunity. we need new ideas, you know, to help bring this solution to a close, you know? and we also need a way to diverse the interests of these kids so that they don't think that drug dealing is the only way to go, you know? maybe more education or where to find more hobbies or common interests or something, just something, you know? because these kits -- kids are our future.
that's all. >> supervisor mandelman: thank you. next speaker. >> my name is fione o'shea. i'm a resident of 9th street. i.v. drug users that come down to the alleys after they purchase, if they're not in their cars because people do come in their cars to purchase in my neighborhood, too. most of the drug dealers in my neighborhood come on b.a.r.t. [please stand by].
department is interested in increasing that foot patrol, maintaining what they installed on the streets. i think there's a lot of people we see every day in the neighborhood, and whether it's street sweepers, the neighbors that live in the building or the neighbors that live a block away from us, one of the things we'd like to see on our blocks are guys and girls in uniform. >> thank you. >> supervisor mandelman: thank you. next speaker. >> hi. my name's john hui. s.f. native, born and lived here all my life. we've heard the stories of other people. mine is nothing special, but i want to share it any way. growing up, i experienced things that people of color experienced. when my mother and i would go to chinatown on the weekends,
she was harassed by this female police officer. because she didn't speak english, she didn't know what to do. my god father told us about issues he had to deal with growing up just because he's black. i was allowed to graduate from s.f. state with a criminal biology degree, but i wanted to get a degree in criminal justice. i'm back to school, trying to finish that up. i have a cousin that, you know, i've known him since he was two years old, since he moved here. great child, bubbly. he moved out to the tenderloin, and growing up, he's just been distant. he got to hanging around the wrong people. he doesn't listen to anyone. it's heartbreaking to see these things. i, yeah, just wants to put that
out there and share that. thanks. >> supervisor mandelman: thank you. next speaker. >> hi. my name is michael nolte. i want to thank you for having this hearing but i also want to thank you for having the hearing yesterday on the same thing, particularly, having a hearing on the assets and what does the city pay for? i think if a lot of these people could understand what is being paid for and not being paid for and how to improve it, that's part of the issue we need to address. business owners in the area are concerned about property damage. they're also concerned about -- as a resident, i'm concerned about how to keep the items in the stores that's affordable. when that damage gets passed
along to the consumer. i'm also a moderator of many message boards in the neighborhood. obviously, the elected officials are not necessarily moderating -- monitoring what's going on on those message board. they'd see the complications we have and maybe would do a -- find some solution just by what's being posted on the message boards. also, those who have been arrested in the past, there needs to be some skills be offered them so they don't recause problems. i think that's a major problem in being rehabilitated so they can move on with their lives. in the past, we've had in san francisco, the guardian angels,
and the guardian angels, they made a difference and can maybe do something that can fill in some of the gaps. thank you. >> supervisor mandelman: thank you. next speaker. >> officer krupke. is it a problem of excessive crimes? is it a problem of excessive crime control? the problem is both. so let's have another committee. we'll fill it with the staffers of all the n.g.o.s. it -- it occurred to me that this district, this neighborhood is -- because of the redistricting and the nature of redistricting, it's being threatened to being put into three separate districts. and also under jane kim, under her leadership, tens of
thousands of people in the tenderloin line in district three, outside this district. this is what has allowed this community to come this far, which is pretty amazing. don't you dare, don't you dare put someone on that redistricting commission that has not served on a single government board like what happened last time. >> supervisor mandelman: thank you. next speaker. >> i just wanted to say -- -- to hiv and then more recently, things like mrsa and other antibiotic resistant diseases. we fight these things with the drugs that are sold out there.
people don't talk about that there. part of what kept that down there is opium, and what it does to the immune system. for people to shutdown that open air market which makes or streets safer for something we have to have as a consistent issue in manhattan, that's a scary thing. it's just something to be aware of. thank you. >> okay. >> supervisor mandelman: thank you. next speaker. >> good afternoon, supervisors. my name is wendy, and these are some of my thoughts. you can't solve open air drug dealing without reducing demand. reducing demands means treatment for substance use and mental health issues. but please consider this.
the city spends $7 million per training class of the police department of about 50 people with an average of 35 that comes out of each graduating class. they come out, and they make $93,000 a year. no student loan debt, okay? first, is training for those of us in the helping profession, whether it's social workers and the like. people who work in these professions, they take training on their own, come out with lots of student loan debt, and they make about 40 to $45,000 a
year. just food for thought. >> supervisor mandelman: thank you. are there any other members of the public who would like to speak on this item before i close public comment? public comment is now closed. [gavel]. >> supervisor mandelman: supervisor haney? >> supervisor haney: well, first of all, thank you, chair mandelman. you're going to think twice before you're going to -- let me see your agenda before i bring items to your committee again, but i hope it was a worthwhile experience. this obviously is something that really, you know, most directly impacts the neighborhood that i represent but it's important to our entire city and to all of our residents. supervisor mandelman has put forward actually a task force that relates specifically to meth. as i heard all the calls for
creating a task force around this issue, i think it would be great to talk to you about what you've learned already from that process and what it would look like. so i just want to thank you and supervisor stefani and supervisor walton for letting us be a part of it. i want to thank everybody who's still here. i think it shows how committed we are to finding solutions around this. i really want to apologize, and i hope you'll extend apologies to folks who wanted to share but who couldn't stay. there are people working on safe passage every day. i just want to say i appreciate them. this was a department heavy hearing, but i think it was an important thing for us to do. it really showed us what is happening, it showed us ways we
can take as we pursue paths forward as a committeunity. i'm committed to having further conversations in the community about what those next steps will be, and we can have further conversation with a lot more opportunity for more comment out in our district. that'll be the next step. i also want to say i am incredibly impressed by comments of the members of the community today. it was also really hopeful to me that there was such unanimous and strong support of a task force. to be clear, that's not what i was calling this hearing to do, and i think it's all that much more powerful that there's a mandate to do that because the community came and said this is what we want. that did not come from me, that came from the district.
i am a resident of the tenderloin, i live on hyde street. i think if there's a community that can come up with the solutions and do this the right way and deal with the complexities and have empathy and understand all sides of it, it's our community in district six, not just in the tenderloin but in midmarket and soma, as well, and throughout our district. so there will be next steps. i learned a lot. i have a lot to process, as we all do, but this is not the end of it, this is -- we are going to continue this with urgency. the intention is not to refer it to some committee and you don't hear anything for a couple years. we're going to have to think about what we want that task force to do, what the timeline will be, and what the immediate short-term changes and prosecute priorities ne priorities need to be right now.
we have budget changes coming up, so i need to know what to move forward for for some long-term changes. thank you, supervisors, and to everyone who came out. sorry for the length of this, but more than anything, thank you for your commitment. i also want to let you know, a number of the departments did stay for the entire piece. oewd, the captain, the district attorney's office. so we appreciate that, as well -- our b.l.a., as well. thank you all for being here, and next steps coming very soon. appreciate it. >> supervisor mandelman: thank you, supervisor haney. this was a very long hearing. i think it's longer than you anticipated. it's longer than i anticipated. i know that i and some other colleagues had to rearrange some previous engagements. i guess for supervisor walton and stefani, i pledge to do a
better job in the future of figuring out how long things are going to be taking and limiting our staff presenters to a shorter period of time. i was thinking somewhere around hour two that if there's any neighborhood that is deserve of a little extra attention at city hall, it's -- you know, it's probably the tenderloin, and so i do think this was four hours well spent. i also think that as you say, the issues that came up here touch on larger issues that affect our criminal justice response, our response to substance use, our response to issues that are not neighborhood specific but do go across the city. given the interest of the board and the mayor and all of san francisco and more effectively tackling these problems, i think it was also a useful hearing in that regard. as you say, there are a lot of task forces and efforts going
on, the meth treatment folks are working. i thought it might make some sense to have some sort of blue ribbon around mental health and substance abuse, but there's some critical call for attention on the tenderloin. any way, i won't go on too terribly much longer, except to say that supervisor haney, you're okay with having this heard and filed -- you have two options. you can have this continued to the call of the chair, in which case, it would sit in this committee. if you wanted a further hearing, you could just pull it. i think i would prefer to have it heard and filed. >> supervisor haney: you don't want to do this again? yeah. heard and file. if we move forward in the task force, it would be the introduction of a task force. you can close and file this e one. >> supervisor mandelman: excellent. so i will have this heard and
>> good morning. we gather here today. welcome. we gather here on the 113th anniversary of the great earthquake to remember those lost. every year since the 190s -- 1920s would gather like today. several years ago once all of the survivors passed away, we pledged to be here to continue this rich tradition. as our native son summed up perfectly, san francisco is the ultimate survivor. now in a few minutes we will hear from some of our esteemed from san francisco. mayor london bead and the fire chief -- nay orlon -- mayor london breed and more. of course, let's not forget the
2019 survivor honoree donna. let's hear it for her. [applause.] >> that is right. these folks will tell us in a few minutes about preparation what to do and their preparation to get through the disaster such as 1906. a special thanks to the guardian of the city. give him a nice hand everybody. the guardians of the city are charged with preservation of the city emergency service history. thanks to the fire, police, department of emergency management and sheriff's department for continued suppo support. dave, of course, a personal friend is th the straw that stis
the drink and sweeps up so no one sees the mess left behind. a hand for ron ross. he is a founder of the san francisco history association. ron is the second longest attendee after donna. this is his last wreath hanging. he is retiring after forming it is 1982. we also want to thank ed ruskin and the m.t.a. for the streetcar. to my good friend who is the performethe prfor making this h. a big hand for big lee. is the mayor here? >> you look great. you look fantastic. our mayor is here.
she is a native daughter of the city who happens to be the mayor. the pride of the high school. a successful product of the inner city. please welcome our fine mayor, mayor london breed everybody. [applause.] >> mayor breed: thank you. good morning, everyone. now we know that if there were a woman mayor in 1906, this is how she would dress. i am here to celebrate history in san francisco because many of us who grew up here, we know that san francisco is earthquake territory. we grow up and learn from day one it is not a matter of if, it is a matter of when. in school we learn drills and the history of the city in terms of what happened during the 1906
earthquake, the loss of lives, loss of first responders, the destruction of our city, the challenges that exist there, but we also learn about the resilience of our city and how we bounce back, we rebuild, and we make sure that san francisco is better and stronger than ever. we continue to do that time and time again. i was here during the 1989 earthquake, and we rebuild. we also continue in this city to focus on emergency prepared necessary to ensure that our first responders have equipment and support they need. ensuring we put forth regulations for seismic safety for new development. ensuring that we make sure that every time a challenge comes our way, we come back stronger than ever. that is what being from san
francisco is about. it is important today we remember our history. that we talk about the challenges that exist during 1906. we talk about the people and the folks that really help to rebuild san francisco. today marks the time in history, one where we have seen some of the photographs, some of the discovered footage of just really how amazing san francisco was and what happened during that time. we look at san francisco and hear about what a beautiful city it is and continues to be. i am really excited to be here to celebrate with guardians of the city who continue to protect that history. i am here and excited to be with so many of our first responders from the fire department, police department, department much emergency management. people ready to roll up their
sleeves for the city. donna is dressed up just to remind us of an amazing lady who supported our fire department who helped build the tower, who contributed to san francisco, who continues to give of herself to ensure that we stick together, support one another through the challenging times and yes today during the good times as we celebrate. thank you all so much for being here this morning. what a happy and exciting occasion and what a great time to be from san francisco and to be your mayor. thank you, i am honored. [applause.] >> well, the mayor looking classy as ever upfront today. only to be equaled by our next
guest. this guy is personifying big city politics. he wears his age so well. one of the best mayors ever in the town. mayor willy lewis brown. let's hear it for him, please. >> good morning to each and every one of you. were you pleased with what i chose for london to wear today? doesn't she look good? that is outrageous, outrages. she reminded me that the outfit she is wearing was my age. (laughter). i didn't like that either. we are here, obviously, we do this always as the mayor says to remind people who we really are,
and believe me we have been doing this for so many years. when i was first running for mayor. he said something about a fountain. i had no idea what it was. it was no fountain. it was offensive and what have you. there was a fellow working for me named ed lee. i said if you want to keep your job, you get that god damn fountain working. he went on to be the mayor and the fountain still works. there is a guy assigned to do nothing except make sure that water is running if i pass that fountain. i love that. that reflects the ingennowty of this -- ingenuity of this city.
when donna shows up and gets out dressed by london breed, you know there is a new generation, new day and new time. welcome to all of you to this year's celebration. thank you. [applause.] >> always a part of every historic occasion. fantastic. our next guest is within 15 days every timer. days of the retirement. she is tough, fair and tells a good story. welcome fire chief joanne hayes-white everybody. [applause.] >> good morning, everyone. thank you for being out here and preserving our rich history and tradition. i am grateful this will be my
last time up here as chief of department. it is a phenomenal privilege and honor to sheriff as your chief for 15 years. today is about three things. we started this back a long time ago. now we are talking about 113 years commemoration. we commemorate those that suffered great losses and injury, including the fire chief in 1906, 113 years ago. we celebrate the city's resilience and use this to know about the important of disaster and emergency preparedness. all of the departments are working shoulder to shoulder to make sure we are ready when that challenge coming for us. thank you to all of you here this morning. thank you to the men and women of the san francisco fire department. you are here this morning.
neighborhood emergency response team program is wonderful. to mayor willie brown and mayor london breed and someone to be celebrated every day all about preserving the city history. 45 years you have been doing this. thank you very much. also, i was given a picture. i will continue to carry with me. this is willy del monte. he died in 2016. i want be to honor him. the guardians of the city for wonderful work and big thank you to the fire commission president here with me over 25 years of service to our department. i would like to call you both up. i know we are on a tight timeline. our new fire chief will be
taking the oath. i am proud of her. thank you very much. have a wonderful day. [applause.] >> the new chief following the old chief. it is going to be fantastic. it is funny. this guy has been on the job three years. he is a straight-shooter. his wife is also a member of guardians of the city, which is cool. welcome chief bill scott, please. >> good morning. it is hard to follow mayor breed and mayor brown so i want to echo a few things said. i want to thank everybody for
being here. these are moments we can remind ourselves how this city comes together. san francisco has a rich illustrious history of rising to the occasion. in times like these, that is exactly what we do. i want to put a plug i for our program. we get by with volunteers. people come together and they work and they volunteer. thank you all for being here. i want to recognize the men and women of the san francisco police department standing on the perimeters. [applause.] >> i want to recognize our great sheriff and law enforcement partners and all of our san francisco sheriffs. this is the sheriff's last year at the celebration. i want to recognize vicky.
give her a round of applause. thank you. >> chief scott, come on now, we are getting close. >> right now it is time to bring up a person that is really cool. she is the head of the department of emergency management. would you please welcome director maryelllen carol. >> it is wonderful to see everyone here. i want to thank mayor london breed for being here. you look amazing. i want to thank all of the others chief scott and vicky. all of you who have been wonderful mentors to me in my
new position, and i am humbled to be here to share the stage. i am going to be quick. with the department of emergency management. what it does is around personal and community preparedness. a couple directives today. one is to go to sf72.org. it is a great website about how to be prepared. on this beautiful morning when everything is great for the next morning we might wake up and things are not so great. secondly, you can sign up for alerts with sf alert. text 888777, put in your zip code. we will senduallerts about all kinds of things that might help but particularly natural disasters so we can contact you. today if you are signed up we
are doing a drill at 11:00 a.m. we are here for you. one of the most important things we the department of emergency management drew is to communicate with all of you in the event of anything happening. please sign up. thank you for being here. i will turn it back to bob. [applause.] >> all right. it is almost 5:11. i will put these folks on alert. the mayor, we are going to hang the wreath right after our minute of silence which is right now to remember those who perished and those who survived to rebuild san francisco. please, 30 seconds of silence right now.
singing. we will sing san francisco. do you want to start it with us? >> thank you for coming. here we go. one, two, three. ♪ it only takes a tiny corner of this great big world to find a place you love ♪ ♪ my home upon the hill, i love you still ♪ ♪ eye hav i have been aware bm back to tell you san francisco open your golden gates, you will meet no stranger ♪ ♪ san francisco here is your
wandering no more ♪ ♪ other places make me love you best, tell me you are the heart of the golden west ♪ ♪ san francisco, bring me home again ♪ ♪ i'm coming home to go wandering no more ♪ (applause). >> fantastic for 5:15 in the morning. we are going to 20th and church. if you want you can be in this streetcar number one for the ride up to the golden hydrant. it is right over here. right here. look at that. right there. if you want to join us, please do. we would like to thank you for being here for this great day. we will see you next year, god
willing. >> hi today we have a special edition of building san francisco, stay safe, what we are going to be talking about san francisco's earth quakes, what you can do before an earthquake in your home, to be ready and after an earthquake to make sure that you are comfortable staying at home, while the city recovers. ♪
>> the next episode of stay safe, we have alicia johnson from san francisco's department of emergency management. hi, alicia thanks to coming >> it is a pleasure to be here with you. >> i wonder if you could tell us what you think people can do to get ready for what we know is a coming earthquake in san francisco. >> well, one of the most things that people can do is to make sure that you have a plan to communicate with people who live both in and out of state. having an out of state contact, to call, text or post on your social network is really important and being able to know how you are going to communicate with your friends, and family who live near you, where you might meet them if your home is uninhab hitable. >> how long do you think that it will be before things are restored to normal in san francisco. >> it depends on the severity of the earthquake, we say to provide for 72 hours tha, is three days, and it helps to know that you might be without
services for up to a week or more, depending on how heavy the shaking is and how many after shocks we have. >> what kind of neighborhood and community involvement might you want to have before an earthquake to make sure that you are going to able to have the support that you need. >> it is important to have a good relationship with your neighbors and your community. go to those community events, shop at local businesses, have a reciprocal relationship with them so that you know how to take care of yourself and who you can rely on and who can take care of you. it is important to have a battery-operated radio in your home so that you can keep track of what is happening in the community around and how you can communicate with other people. >> one of the things that seems important is to have access to your important documents. >> yes, it is important to have copies of those and also stored them remotely. so a title to a home, a passport, a driver's license, any type of medical records
that you need need, back those up or put them on a remote drive or store them on the cloud, the same is true with any vital information on your computer. back that up and have that on a cloud in case your hard drive does not work any more. >> in your home you should be prepared as well. >> absolutely. >> let's take a look at the kinds of things that you might want to have in your home. >> we have no water, what are we going to do about water? >> it is important for have extra water in your house, you want to have bottled water or a five gallon container of water able to use on a regular basis, both for bathing and cooking as well as for drinking. >> we have this big container and also in people's homes they have a hot water heater. >> absolutely, if you clean your hot water heater out regularly you can use that for showering, drinking and bathing as well >> what other things do people need to have aren't their home. >> it is important to have
extra every day items buy a couple extra cans of can food that you can eat without any preparation. >> here is a giant can of green giant canned corn. and this, a manual can opener, your electric can opener will not be working not only to have one but to know where to find it in your kitchen. >> yes. >> so in addition to canned goods, we are going to have fresh food and you have to preserve that and i know that we have an ice chest. >> having an ice chest on hand is really important because your refrigerator will not be working right away. it is important to have somebody else that can store cold foods so something that you might be able to take with you if you have to leave your home. >> and here, this is my very own personal emergency supply box for my house. >> i hope that you have an alternative one at home. >> oh, i forgot. >> and in this is really important, you should have flashlights that have batteries, fresh batteries or
hand crank flashlight. >> i have them right here. >> good. excellent. that is great. additionally, you are going to want to have candles a whistle, possibly a compass as well. markers if you want to label things if you need to, to people that you are safe in your home or that you have left your home. >> i am okay and i will meet you at... >> exactly. exactly. water proof matches are a great thing to have as well. >> we have matches here. and my spare glasses. >> and your spare glasses. >> if you have medication, you should keep it with you or have access to it. if it needs to be refrigerated make sure that it is in your ice box. >> inside, just to point out for you, we have spare batteries. >> very important. >> we have a little first aid kit. >> and lots of different kinds of batteries. and another spare flashlight. >> so, alicia what else can we
do to prepare our homes for an earthquake so we don't have damage? >> one of the most important things that you can do is to secure your valuable and breakable items. make sure that your tv is strapped down to your entertainment cabinet or wall so it does not move. also important is to make sure that your book case is secure to the wall so that it does not fall over and your valuable and breakables do not break on the ground. becoming prepared is not that difficult. taking care of your home, making sure that you have a few extra every-day items on hand helps to make the difference. >> that contributes dramatically to the way that the city as a whole can recover. >> absolutely. >> if you are able to control your own environment and house and recovery and your neighbors are doing the same the city as a whole will be a more resilient city. >> we are all proud of living in san francisco and being prepared helps us stay here. >> so, thank you so much for joining us today, alicia, i appreciate it. >> absolutely, it is my