SF CARD – San Francisco Community Agencies Responding to Disaster – connects nonprofit, faith-based and private organizations with the network and knowledge they need to continue providing critical services after a disaster. We help organizations prepare for emergencies as small as a one-alarm fire and as large as a massive disaster wreaking havoc across the region. SF CARD’s function is threefold: Preparedness, Response and Recovery.



SF CARD’s mission is to build a disaster-resistant community by ensuring non-profit, faith and community-based organizations serving the greater San Francisco Bay Area’s vulnerable populations are prepared for a disaster.  Moreover, play a central role in coordinating these organizations’ disaster preparedness, response, and recovery efforts.

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The idea for SF CARD sprang from the 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake. Local nonprofit and faith-based organizations’ immediate response and leadership in the recovery phase of the disaster made their importance evident to local response agencies. In 1994, SF CARD formally began its coordination initiatives to support local agencies and the vulnerable populations they serve.

For more than 22 years, SF CARD has been a leader in providing emergency management programs and services to the nonprofit sector and the faith-based community. In recent years, SF CARD has expanded its services beyond San Francisco to several Bay Area counties.

Today, SF CARD is one of the most respected and established intermediary agencies dedicated to organizational disaster resilience and an essential link between those agencies and public sector first responders. The San Francisco Foundation hired SF CARD to provide technical assistance and training services to 45 agencies in five Bay Area counties: San Francisco, Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, and San Mateo.SF CARD is also keeping an eye on the future. With climate change, for instance, communities need to be concerned about the impact of rising temperatures on vulnerable populations. The Walter and Elise Haas Fund has enlisted SF CARD over the years to help local congregations prepare heat wave response plans for their senior parishioners.