For the seventh 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 3-10 October 2016. 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’ Skills Seminar and Career Fair

An opportunity for veterans, agency officials, company executives, hiring managers, and potential employers to come together and discuss the best practices for recruiting veterans, transitioning, and retiring members of the military.  The Career Fair offers an opportunity for veterans and transitioning members to learn essential skill sets for their job search and their future endeavors. (Seminar by invitation only)

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)

Veteran’s and Service Member Art Exhibit

Developed in association with the San Francisco Academy of Art University, this annual show features original works by currently serving service members from World War II to the present. The Center, with the support of the Academy of Art University presents this special exhibit for the month of October. The exhibit is open daily to the public Oct. 3-30 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Open to the public)

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

A three-day public engagement and interactive demonstration of US Military and civilian capabilities in responding to a disaster that draws over 250,000 people on the Marina Green.  The HA Village includes an educational program for participants to learn about these capabilities. Guided by a “passport”, participants will be encouraged to explore and receive a stamp from the four different theme camps: Mass Care & Shelter, Power & Utilities, Community Response & Rescue, and Environmental Management & Decontamination.  (Open to the public)


October 7, 2017

K9 Heroes “Bark in the Park”

Military and civilian heroes demonstrate some of the most important rescue work for us; both in the field and in the home.  See how these four legged friends have become heroes to so many. At Duboce Park. (Open to the public)