On October 17, 1989, San Francisco experienced an earthquake with a magnitude of 6.9 on the Richter scale. The aftermath of such an event and its effect on San Francisco's residents led to specific action. The San Francisco Fire Department, prompted by the residents in the city, formed the Neighborhood Emergency Response Team Training Program, which currently provides training in disaster and emergency response. Since 1990 the NERT program has trained more than 24,700 San Francisco residents to be self reliant in a major disaster.

The underlying premise is that a major disaster will overwhelm first responders leaving many citizens on their own for the first 72 hours or longer after the emergency. Our goal is to teach as many San Franciscan's as possible that, with basic training, they can make a difference in the lives of their families and others when, not if, they are affected by a disaster large or small.


  • Develop self-confidence and peace of mind as you learn practical information and learn hands-on life-saving skills
  • Build community as you develop and share your skills and resources to protect yourself, your family and home, and your neighborhood
  • Create a lifeline between your family and neighbors, and the City's emergency responders
  • Increase the safety and well-being of your family and neighborhood

Mission Statement
Beginning with ourselves, we will be prepared and work as an individual or together as emergency response teams to assist our families and neighbors in time of disaster and to be prepared to make decisions that do the most good for the most people.

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