All City employees are designated by both State and City law as Disaster Service Workers (DSW). When a citywide emergency is declared, all City employees are required to serve as DSWs.
In the event of a disaster, the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) will be activated to manage major emergencies and request employees through the emergency notification system to advise them of whether and when to report to DSW duty. All DSWs will ensure the safety of their family before reporting in for duty.
DSWs are needed to perform general duties such as clerical support, damage assessment, driving, food preparation, sorting, packing, or loading. You may have more specialized duties, depending on the work you do every day, and/or any special skills you may possess. Let your Emergency Preparedness Manager know if you have special skills you do not use in your regular job, such as language skills, a commercial driver’s license, or CPR training.
DSW are never asked to perform tasks that they are not trained to do or would compromise their safety.
Community Emergency Response Teams (CERTs)
In addition to City employees, Community Emergency Response Team (CERTs) act as DSWs in an emergency supporting the community. Learn more about CERTs.