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Emergency Information

California Government Code, Section 3100-3109 

Disaster Service Workers

California Government Code, Section 3100-3109, states in part:

"It is hereby declared that the protection of the health and safety and preservation of the lives and property of the people of the state from the effects of natural, man-made, or war-caused emergencies which result in conditions of disaster or extreme peril to life, property, and resources is of paramount state importance… in protection of its citizens and resources, all public employees are hereby declared to be disaster service workers… all disaster service workers shall, before they enter upon the duties of their employment, take and subscribe to the oath or affirmation…"

Who Is Included In The Disaster Service Worker Status?  All public employees are included in disaster service worker status. Public employees include all persons employed by any county, city, state agency or public district. This means all FHDA employees have disaster worker status.

Do FHDA Employees Take The Oath Or Affirmation?  Yes. The oath or affirmation per California Code 3102 is signed by all FHDA employees as part of the hiring paperwork when you are first hired.

What Does This Mean For Faculty At De Anza?  It means you are responsible for the safety of your students in an emergency or disaster.  You are expected to follow the directions of the Building Monitors in your area and any one else in authority.  You are expected to participate in any disaster drills/training so that you will be better prepared should an actual situation arise.

What Does This Mean For Classified and Administrators At De Anza?  It means you are responsible for the safety of students in an emergency or disaster.  You are expected to follow the directions of the Building Monitors in your area and any one else in authority.  You are expected to participate in any disaster drills/training so that you will be better prepared should an actual situation aris

How Can We Prepare?

  1. Remember that in most disasters or emergencies, loss of power is an immediate problem.  This means that relying on a computer or network to retrieve a class list will not work just when you need it most.  Have a hard copy of your class lists with you at school and with you at home, include cell phone numbers if you have them.  (The list at home will help you contact students should the problem occur before you or the students have left for home).
  2. Know your building.  Be aware of the building(s) you work/teach in.  Know the evacuation route out of each area/classroom.  Know where the designated ‘safe area’ is in case of an evacuation.
  3. Know the procedures.  Know where the orange disaster flip card is in each area/classroom.  Be familiar with the situations in the card and what you are supposed to do.
  4. Know your building monitor(s).  Know the person/s responsible for your building(s) in an emergency. 
  5. Participate in the training and drills that are conducted. 

Join The Team!  You are invited to become a building monitor or assistant building monitor and to volunteer to help in the disaster drills.  All are welcome! Contact Pippa Gibson to volunteer.



Emergency Web site
Contact: Pippa Gibson
Phone: 408.864.8936
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Last Updated: 5/18/11