Emergency Management


City and County of San Francisco is posting this AIR QUALITY ADVISORY (SF Poor Air Quality Respite Locations)

SF CityNow

An Air Quality Advisory has been issued for the entire Bay Region  due to the Butte County Fire. 

From Red levels (unhealthy) up to Purple (very unhealthy) and even at Maroon (hazardous) levels, people should remain indoors with windows closed, and continue to remain indoors until air quality improves. Air quality also is dangerous for pets, especially birds and smoosh face breeds. Keep walks short and windows closed.

PLEASE NOTE: the use of N95 masks are no substitute for staying indoors. If you must absolutely be outside, and choose to wear a N95 mask, it needs to be fit tested or at the very minimum, fit well with no gaps and be replaced when airflow becomes restricted. N95 masks can be sourced at local hardware stores.

For those whose indoor air is inadequate, please refer to the map below for public places you can go to escape the poor air quality. Be sure to check the hours of operation for each facility before you go. For a complete list of facilities and hours of operations double click this link: SF Poor Air Quality Respite Locations

See https://www.sf72.org/ for more information on public spaces to escape poor air quality! Air Quality Index (AQI) can flucuate, keep updated with the latest information www.airnow.gov

UCSF Emergency Management will continue to monitor the unfolding wildfire smoke situation with our response community, including CalOES and SFDEM.  UCSF Hospitals and Emergency Departments remain open in our usual and professional manner.


Congratulations to the UCSF Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Class #2


On Friday April 7, 2017 UCSF graduated it's second class of Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) members.

UCSF CERT!  Meet and greet our new Emergency Management Specialist and UCSF CERT Coordinator, Jennifer Dessel.  jennifer.dessel@ucsf.edu

Tuesday, December 11, 2018, 11:30-1:00 p.m.

654 Minnesota Street-Tivoli Conference Room

UCSF CERT 3-Day Basic Training & Exercise  
Date & Time: TBD
Location: TBD
Description: The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) is FEMA /Citizen Corps. sponsored program that is designed to help communities prepare for effective disaster response through training and planning. With training and infromation, UCSF staff, faculty, and students can be prepared to serve as a crucial resource capable of performing many of the emergency functions needed in the immediate post-disaster period. During this 20 hour course students will learn: Disaster Preparedness, Fire Safety, Disaster Medical Operations and Triage, Light Search and Rescue, Team Organization, Disaster Psychology, Terrorism & the Incident Command System. CERT volunteers can assist others at UCSF and in their own community following a disaster when professional responders are not immediately available to help. CERT volunteers are also encouraged to support the UCSF Emergenency Preparedness Program by taking an active role in emergency preparedness projects.

Cost: FREE
Class Size is Limited to 20 Persons


Register for CERT Basic Training (Coming Soon)

AED Locations




654 Minnesota Street

654 Minnesota Street

Suite 180, Police Department Administration

Mission Hall

550 16th Street

Security Desk

Mission Center Building (MCB)

1855 Folsom Street

Security Desk

Laurel Heights

3333 California Avenue

Security Desk

Helen Diller

1450 3rd Street

2nd Floor Lobby

Mission Bay Housing - East

Hearst Tower

Security Lobby

Genentech Hall

600 16th Street

Security Desk

UCSF Police patrol vehicles are also equiped with AED (automated external defibrillator) devices. 

Are you ready? 

Disaster can strike at any time. Knowing what to do in an emergency can minimize the effect the situation has on you, your department and your loved ones at home.

From earthquakes to bomb threats to campus shootings, this website offers information to help you prepare yourself – and your department – for managing during and after a chaotic event.

Aside from the resources found in these web pages, the San Francisco Department of Emergency Management has helpful information on surviving the first 72 hours after a major event like an earthquake (sf72.org). FEMA has more information on their Ready.gov website.

EPA Infographic Respirator

Emergencies & Disasters

The UCSF Police Department’s Homeland Security Emergency Management Division engages in “All-Hazard” planning.  The Division continually maintains and updates the University’s emergency plan to better respond and recover from natural, technological and man-made disasters.

For further information:

Review the links in the side panels, or contact us:  emer.mgt@police.ucsf.edu.


UCSF is a Certified Storm Ready University

Storm Ready University - National Weather Service

StormReady is a nationwide program that helps communities better protect their citizens during severe weather. The program encourages communities to take a proactive approach to improving local hazardous weather operations. StormReady provides emergency managers with clear-cut guidelines on how to improve theirhazardous weather operations.  For more information on StormReady go to: https://www.weather.gov/StormReady