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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.

2021 Class Schedule
All Classes Held Via Zoom for 2021 Calendar Year

Disaster Preparedness - for Organizations and Staff

July 14, 10am to Noon

Your organization survived the covid-19 pandemic. Is it prepared for the next disaster?

Come learn the reasons why organizations need to plan for disasters before they happen and steps to develop a working plan. Be introduced to the OPEN framework for preparing a  Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP) for your organization. Develop the values framework for disaster planning - Who do you Serve? and What are your Essential Services?

The second hour will include a session on Personal Preparedness for staff or clients - resilience is key to survival.

Incident Command Systems - for Non-Profit and Faith  Based Organizations

July 21, 10am to Noon

The Incident Command System (ICS) is a proven method for

managing disasters in any organization. Equip your organization with

the tools necessary to improve communication within the disaster

response framework. Focus will be on adapting this powerful tool to

the non profit and faith based environments.

Practice a Day in the Life scenario in order to put the skills into


Continuity of Operations Planning - Getting Started

July 28, 10am to Noon

Continuity of Operations Planning (COOP) is a powerful tool for ensuring your organization can navigate disruptions of service with minimal chaos.


This class will show how Disaster Preparedness planning and ICS combine to create nimble organizations. Learn the principles of OPEN in order to develop and maintain your organizational Continuity of Operations Plan. Course will include an opportunity to dive deeper into several areas of concern including Risk, Training and Testing your Plan.


This course continues in Restoring Operations on August 4, although they are also suitable as stand alone classes.

Restoring Operations Safely - Getting the Most out of your COOP

August 4, 10am to Noon

"Planning is everything; plans are nothing." Using an After Action Review methodology, learn how to jump start your Continuity of Operations Plan into existence based on lessons learned during the covid-19 pandemic.

The powerful OPEN methodology will guide deep dive discussions in the areas of Risk, Critical Information, Cross Training and Plan Testing. Build on and expand understanding gained from the Continuity of Operations class the week before - but don't let missing last week stop you from attending, prior knowledge is not necessary when you have a Continuous Improvement Process mindset - we will cover that, too.

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

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Volunteer Management

Volunteers are a critical resource in disaster and non-disaster times.  Learn volunteer management tips from the experts in the field:  the importance of having a plan, key components of an effective volunteer program, and what volunteer managers need to know to be successful.