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Tuesday, October 29, 7 p.m.: 
 The Loma Prieta Quake: 30 Years After Panel Discussion

Meeting location: Newman Hall, Congregation Sherith Israel, 2266 California (at Webster)


Search and rescue team in the Marina, 1989. (Photo courtesy Guardians of the City)


On October 17, 1989, as many people were getting ready to watch the World Series known as the Battle of the Bay, the Loma Prieta earthquake rocked the San Francisco Bay Area. The quake registered 6.9 on the Richter scale, the largest seismic event to hit the Bay Area since 1906.
 Thirty years on, a panel of first responders will talk about their response to the disaster, from rescuing people trapped in the rubble to helping keep order and calm in the confusion of the aftermath. Their gripping stories will be presented along with historic photographs. We invite members to share their stories at this event.

Our panelists: Capt. Gerry Shannon (SFFD retired), a member of Station 9 in the Bayview District, responded to the citywide call to the devastated Marina District. Carl S. Koehler was sworn in as a SF Deputy Sheriff in 1975 and retired as Undersheriff in 2017. In 1989, he was a Captain in the Sheriff's Department and in charge of the deputies who were on duty as a result of the earthquake's aftermath. Lt. Cliff Gray (California Highway Patrol retired), responded to the collapse of the Cypress Structure in the East Bay. Capt. Erica Arteseros is the Program Coordinator for the San Francisco Fire Department's Neighborhood Emergency Response Team (NERT). In 1989, the residents of the Marina came together with the SFFD to request training for the next Big One, and NERT was born. 30 years later, the SFFD is still committed to the mission and offers NERT training year- round to SF residents. This panel will be moderated by SFHA Board Member Judi Leff.

Representatives from NERT will be on hand to share information on how to be prepared for the next Big One, in addition to Guardians of the City, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to preserve and share the history of San Francisco's first responders, including the SF Fire Dept, SF Police Dept, SF Sheriff’s Dept, and Emergency Medical Services. We also invite any SFHA members who are NERTS to wear their green vests to support our heroic speakers and honor their work.


Doors open at 7 p.m. with refreshments and a historical book sale; presentation begins at 7:30 p.m. sharp. There is a $10 admission for nonmembers. Paid parking at CPMC on Webster, one block away, plus a limited amount of street parking. Muni: 1, 2, 3, 10, 22, 24. 


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