Brad is happy in our hearts 2011
I dreamed this morning of leaving a conference and hurrying around just once more to a comfortable lobby area to say goodbye until next time to Brad Graham. I found him, as expected, calm and cheerful, hosting a small group of men, listening, advising, laughing, dropping in the perfect witty remark as needed.
He looks great, with new glasses – bifocals, which we referred to as his "bi's" – and a short beard, which tickles you slightly as he kisses you with open eyes, no strings attached.
A letter to my city supervisor 2011
Dear Supervisor Mirkarimi,
As Archbishop Niederauer said during the funeral of Lt. Vincent Perez and firefighter/paramedic Anthony Valerio, a major earthquake will come to San Francisco. Like them, we will give our best to help do the most good we can. Like them, we will rely on our training, the equipment we have prepared, and luck to pull through. Sadly, the latter is not under our control. As this event reminds us, even some of our best can be laid low. But they were not alone; in the wake of the tragedy, we should recall that the rest of their team did succeed in extinguishing that fire before it could claim more lives. By staffing the incident appropriately the danger could be successfully addressed, even in the face of such a loss.
We cannot staff our city for the kind of earthquake we expect purely with full-time, professional first responders. With thousands of people per square mile and an expectation of many major fires, our few fire, police, and paramedics on duty will be busy with the most significant incidents, leaving thousands, perhaps hundreds of thousands, of smaller incidents to be handled by citizens.
The San Francisco Fire Department’s NERT program can allow citizens to respond effectively, within our training, using the equipment we as volunteers have been taught how to prepare in advance, and help pull our city through the next big quake. For that to happen, the program must remain fully funded and tightly integrated with all other city preparedness efforts.
I will do what I can as one citizen, but no matter how much training I take, alone I cannot resolve the incidents we expect in Hayes Valley. I need more NERTs working alongside me and that means I need more opportunities for my neighbors to be trained and more awareness of the program throughout the city.
I thank you for your support for the NERT program to date and hope that you will continue to see the great return on investment which it provides.
Dinah Sanders, Hayes Valley NERT co-coordinator