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Golden Guardian 2010 Full-Scale Exercise

San Francisco Department of Emergency Management

Tuesday, May 18, 2010 from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM (PDT)

Golden Guardian 2010 Full-Scale Exercise

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Please Note: This Exercise will be filmed by Emergency Management Magazine

Welcome to the Golden Guardian 2010 Full-Scale Exercise

The Department of Emergency Management is proud to announce that San Francisco is participating in the Statewide Golden Guardian full-scale, port security exercise on May 18, 2010.  One of the main reasons we conduct exercises is to test plans and procedures and identify areas that need to be changed, improved and/or updated. This exercise will focus on a terrorist attack scenario on Bay Area ports.  There are two rationales for testing this scenario:


  1. It is in alignment with San Francisco’s identification as a Tier One City by the Department of Homeland Security. This designation means we may be more likely to experience a terrorist attack than other designated areas designated as Tier Two.  
  2. It reinforces our commitment to the Strategic Plan and the Emergency Response Plan by leveraging our relationships with our regional and state partners.

Scenario Type: The Golden Guardian exercise is based on an explosive attack/bombing using improvised explosive devices (National Planning Scenario #12).

Scenario: On May 18, 2010, at 0900 multiple “notionalized” explosions will occur throughout the Bay Area.  The Ports of Oakland, Redwood City, and Benicia will all suffer various degrees of explosions. An explosion does not occur in the Port of San Francisco.  It is expected that the USCG Commandant or Captain of the Port will raise the MARSEC level (port security threat level) for all Bay Area ports to level 2 and it is projected that the level will be raised to 3 (the highest port threat level). 

Department Commitment:  DEM will be activating the Emergency Operation Center for this exercise. Participation in the Golden Guardian Exercise is open to all City Departments, Agencies and our private sector and non-profit partners. However, we are asking the following departments to send a minimum of two-three representatives to serve a shift in the EOC:  Police, Fire, Sheriff, MTA (both Muni and Parking and Traffic), Port, SFO, DPW, Technology, SFUSD, Emergency Communications, 311, DEM, DPH, HSA and RPD.  

Lunch:  Lunch will be provided to all exercise participants.

Parking:  Parking is very limited at 1011 Turk Street, it is recommended that participants use public transportation.

Questions:  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Andrea Davis at 415-487-5016 or

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1011 Turk Street
San Francisco, CA

Tuesday, May 18, 2010 from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM (PDT)

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