In 2013, Sam moved to a condo complex in downtown Oakland. Shortly after moving in, he joined to head up its Emergency Preparedness Committee. Sam coordinated Committee members attending Oakland Fire Department’s CORE Program (Communities of Oakland Respond to Emergencies). To better follow CORE’s recommendations, a program was devised to increase residents’ preparedness for emergencies such as earthquakes and fires. Although addressing actions in “minor” emergencies, the program mainly focuses on a major disaster that overwhelm first responders and leave residents in a condo such as ours on their own for at least 7 to 10 days.
So far, the Emergency Preparedness Committee has done the following: