BasicSafety.net is a social good initiative aimed at putting a free disaster preparedness guide into every home in San Francisco (and eventually, beyond).
We live in a potential disaster zone, we all know this. There are 7 significant fault lines running through the region. And we know the next major quake isn’t a question of IF, it’s a question of WHEN.
If it’s a big one like the 1906 quake (or if we're hit with a terrorist attack, wild fires, or flooding) then we could be in serious trouble. Despite all this cheerful information, a lot of people still aren’t prepared. They either have no plan, no supplies, or don’t know what to do after a disaster hits. That’s why we're trying to put free disaster preparedness guides into every household in San Francisco.
Why, isn’t all that information available online already?
Yes, it is. And despite that, and numerous outreach campaigns, many people still aren’t prepared. Basic Safety Net was created to address a gap in our approach to dealing with emergencies: what happens immediately after a major disaster, and how to prevent additional risks to health and property damage.
Given the diverse population of the city, we've created guides available in:
We’re hoping to do an English/Tagalog version for our Filipino population as well.
These guides probably won't convince everyone to make their plan. Some will, but many will simply put the guide in a kitchen drawer, and that’s where we want them to end up. Because after a quake, you just might need to know how, or when, to shut off your gas. You might need to know how to purify water without electricity. Where will the money go?
Funds collected will go towards printing and distribution of the guides via the USPS. There are roughly 345,000 households in San Francisco. Current estimates put costs around $182,000 to reach all of them. It might seem like a lot, but compared to the cost of damage from one fire, or the loss of just one life, it’s a worthwhile investment. We're starting with Phase 1, and trying to raise the first $50,000. This will allow us to reach over 90,000 households.Prioritizing the greatest need
We’ll start with the neighborhoods that have the lowest income and are most at risk, and then go zip code by zip code. We will also update our progress so you know the impact your donation is making.
How you can help
Please join us in making our community better prepared to deal with, and reduce the impact of, our next major disaster... be it an earthquake, tsunami, or zombie attack*. (*guide isn’t super helpful in case of zombie attack)
• Even a small contribution of $10 will help us reach 20 households.
• Spread the word by sharing this with your friends, and co-workers
• Companies can make matching donations