For the 8th consecutive year, the San Francisco Center for Humanitarian Assistance and its partners at the United States Navy, United States Marine Corps, United States Coast Guard, FEMA, the California National Guard and the City and County of San Francisco are planning a series of training and exercise events to take place from 2-7 October 2017. These events will bring together leaders of Federal, State and Local government disaster response agencies, first responders, foreign dignitaries, non-governmental organizations and private sector companies with Department of Defense services to improve the Nation’s ability to respond to catastrophic disasters.

Monday 2 October

Defense Support of Civilian Authorities (DSCA) Commodity Point of Distribution (CPOD) Exercise

The San Francisco Department of Emergency Management (SFDEM) in partnership with the Port of San Francisco and the Center for HADR, will conduct a DSCA Exercise and Workshop to test disaster transportation and logistics strategies from the new Bay Area Earthquake Plan. In response to a Federal Disaster Declaration, the Bay Area Earthquake Plan indicates that FEMA will request DoD support to deliver resources to FEMA staging areas and from there to Commodity Points of Distribution (C-PODs) in the city. The exercise will include the delivery of resources from a US Navy vessel via Landing Craft Utility (LCU) and then trucked to the pre-identified and set up C-POD location. Testing this “last tactical mile” helps to ensure that when San Francisco’s ingress/egress points are limited due to damaged infrastructure, resources will still be able to flow into the city.


Tuesday 3 October

Veterans Art Exhibit

For the fifth consecutive year, the San Francisco Fleet Week Association has scheduled a Veterans Art Exhibit as part of its dynamic event offerings for San Francisco Fleet Week 2017. Under the professional guidance of the prestigious Academy of Art University, the Exhibit is staged in the gallery of the Cannery, Fisherman’s Wharf, San Francisco.You will be impressed at the amazing talent as you experience this exhibit from the works of Artists who have also made the choice to serve their country. The exhibit will be open to the public Oct. 3 – 26, 2017; Tuesday – Sunday 9:00 am – 6:00 pm, closed Mondays. (Open to the public)

Veterans Services Resource Fair

Join us for a free resource fair for transitioning Active Duty service members and Veterans to connect and network with employers, hiring managers, and service organizations. There will be a financial seminar given by Bank of America, experts available to assist Veteran entrepreneurs, and Fortune 500 companies looking to hire and answer questions about transition. This event will be followed by a discussion with author and filmmaker Sebastian Junger about his book “Tribe”. Location: Marines’ Memorial Club & Hotel

Interoperable Training with San Francisco Fire Department: EMS Ride Alongs

USMC military medical personnel will have the opportunity to ride-along with San Francisco Fire Department (SFFD) ambulance crews to share best practices. (By invitation only)

Wednesday 4 October

Senior Leaders Summit: Medical Peer to Peer Exchange Seminar

The 4th Annual Emergency Medical Seminar brings together the civilian and military medical communities for an exchange of best practices. The seminar highlights how advances in battlefield medicine continue to change the spectrum of emergency and trauma care in the US. (By invitation only)

Senior Leaders Summit: Senior Leaders Seminar Day 1

An invitation only, two-day seminar featuring keynote speakers, panel discussions and workshops where elected officials, government, private sector, and military leaders work together reviewing innovations and best practices in humanitarian assistance. Day 1 features our International Program highlighting events and efforts in disaster response. The day ends on board the US Navy ship for a capability tour and mixer. (By invitation only)

Interoperable Training with the SFFD: Urban Search and Rescue

SFFD will provide tactical Urban Search and Rescue (US&R) training to the military at their rubble pile on Treasure Island. In 2011, Marines used skills learned during San Francisco US&R training during disaster response operations in Japan. (By Invitation only)

Thursday 5 October

Senior Leaders Summit: Senior Leaders Seminar: Day 2

During Day 2 of the seminar leaders will be briefed on the 2016 SFFW DSCA Exercise, as well as participate in topic based discussion groups focusing on gaps from recent exercises in order to identify future exercise topics that may influence regional planning. (By invitation only)

Interoperable Training with USN: Shipboard Firefighting

SFFD personnel will participate in an interoperable training for shipboard firefighting with the USN. (By invitation only)

Friday 6 October – Sunday 8 October

Humanitarian Assistance Village

The Humanitarian Assistance Village is an interactive demonstration of U.S. Military and Civil capabilities in responding to a disaster. The 2017 Village will include an educational program for participants to learn about these capabilities. Guided by a “Passport”, participants will be encouraged to explore four different theme camps and receive a stamp from each: Mass Care and Shelter, Power and Utilities, Community Response & Rescue, and Environmental Management & Decontamination. Participants who turn in a completed Passport with 4 stamps will be eligible for a prize drawing.

Saturday October 7

AT&T K-9 Heroes: Bark at the Park:

Demonstrations include dogs trained in urban search and rescue, detection and more. Learn why these K-9’s are heroes to so many! Location: Duboce Park (Open to the public)