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SF CARD has been named to serve as the community preparedness liaison for the Bay Area Urban Areas Security Initiative (BAUASI) Training and Exercise Program (TEP). 

SF CARD, in its role as community preparedness liaison, will work with Voluntary/Community Organizations Active in Disaster (V/COADS), health care coalitions, Community/Neighborhood Emergency Response Teams (C/NERT) networks, and other community partners to share training and exercise needs as well as information about TEP activities and provide a platform for ongoing stakeholder feedback. Moreover, as Community Preparedness Liaison, SF CARD’s vision is to provide frequent opportunities for community preparedness partners to participate in a wide range of training and exercise events and to train with first responders. 

The signature work of the Community Liaison Partnership is a yearly series of trainings offered around the 12 counties in collaboration with Collaborating Agencies’ Disaster Relief Effort (CADRE), Alameda Voluntary Agencies Active in Disaster (VOAD), Center for Volunteer Nonprofit Leadership (CVNL) and others to assess needs throughout the BA UASI footprint.

If you would like some additional information about this program, please contact Heather Lee, SF CARD Program Manager,

The mission of Bay Area UASI is to improve regional capacity to prevent, protect against, respond to, and recover from terrorist incidents and catastrophic events. The Bay Area UASI works in close collaboration with diverse stakeholders at the local, state, and federal levels. The BAUASI region includes the Counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Monterey, Napa, San Benito, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, and Sonoma, plus the three cities of Oakland, San Francisco and San Jose.

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Government and Faith Based Organization Coordination in Times of Disaster

Recorded September 27, 2021

Mary Ellen Carroll, Executive Director of San Francisco Department of Emergency Management (SF DEM) and Michael Pappas, Executive Director of San Francisco Interfaith Council (SFIC) discuss the 18 months and counting collaboration between their organizations to ensure that the faith community (houses of worship, supportive services, medical organizations, and more) received accurate, timely and relevant information during the evolving covid-19 pandemic response by SF DEM. 

Watch this hour long interview to learn how this collaboration started, challenges and ideas for moving forward. 

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Contact our Partners for information on their BA UASI training schedule.

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