LLIS Lesson Learned: Incident Management: Informing Elected Officials about Incidents   [open pdf - 50KB]

"On the morning of November 7, 2007, the motor vessel (M/V) Cosco Busan, a 902-foot container ship, struck the base of a Bay Bridge tower in San Francisco Bay, resulting in an oil spill of approximately 53,000 gallons into the Bay. Initial reports stated that only 140 gallons of oil had been released. However, reports throughout the day indicated that a much larger spill had occurred. A Unified Command structure was established on November 8, with the California Department of Fish and Game, the US Coast Guard (USCG), and a representative of the M/V Cosco Busan responsible for planning, managing, and responding to the oil spill. […] During the initial stages of the incident, only those members of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors whose districts border the Bay were notified of the incident. Other supervisors did not receive notifications or regular updates. The after-action report (AAR) observes that while the oil spill primarily impacted districts along the Bay, the response operations impacted all districts within CCSF [The City and County of San Francisco]. Consequently, the AAR recommends that 'all district supervisors and 2 executive leadership should be notified and kept apprised of significant events affecting CCSF.' This can be achieved through the development of a policy and a protocol within the CCSF emergency system. Emergency managers should consider developing a policy and a protocol to ensure that all elected officials and other relevant executive leaders are appropriately informed about incidents."

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