Seal of the City and County of San Francisco
City and County of San Francisco

To view graphic version of this page, refresh this page (F5)

Skip to page body

Disaster Service Workers

All City and County employees are designated by both State and City law as  Disaster Service Workers. In the event of a declaration of emergency, all public employees are obligated to serve as Disaster Service Workers and may be assigned to perform activities which promote the protection of public health and safety or the preservation of lives and property. This does not include first responders such as law enforcement, fire services and/or emergency medical services.


What to do in an Emergency:

If you are at work: During a declared citywide emergency while at work, report immediately to your department supervisor or a department designated staging area.

If you are at home: During a declared citywide emergency while you are at home or otherwise away from work, first ensure the safety of your family, then follow your department's emergency planning and/or DSW reporting instructions:

  • Listen to the radio to receive possible citywide reporting instructions:
    • KCBS (740AM or 106.9FM)
  • Contact your immediate supervisor in your chain of command to receive reporting instructions.
  • Follow the procedures for reporting to your normal work location or designated Staging Area.
  • Be sure to have your Disaster Service Worker Identification Card with you. It will be required to rapidly access emergency transportation routes.

For more information please refer to DSW Training, or FAQ about the DSW ID Card.

Disaster Service Worker Video

Personal Preparedness Video

San Francisco's Hub for Emergency Preparedness


Click Here For More Information on American Red Cross Personal Preparedness

Last updated: 8/28/2014 4:51:25 PM