San Francisco: Emergency Preparedness & Support for Veterans During Fleet Week 2015

SAN FRANCISCO – In celebration of Fleet Week 2015, PG&E will showcase its emergency preparedness equipment and provide free giveaways to help educate families on ways to stay safe when a disaster occurs.

The utility, which has a strong commitment to supporting and hiring veterans, is also partnering in Fleet Week’s first-ever Veterans Employment Seminar to promote job opportunities – including a PG&E.

PG&E’s Everymary Hickey, director of preparedness and response support, talks with San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee during Fleet Week.

Evermary Hickey, PG&E Director of Preparedness & Response Support & Chief Greg Suhr, San Francisco Police Department

Evermary Hickey, PG&E Director of Preparedness & Response Support & Chief Greg Suhr, San Francisco Police Department

Fleet Week kicked off earlier this week in San Francisco and wraps up Oct. 12. Now in its 35th year, the celebratory event recognizes the contributions of men and women who serve in the armed forces.

“We are excited to celebrate the strength and capabilities of our U.S. Navy, and share best practices to help our families and communities stay safe during a disaster. We also know that veterans bring a unique, one-of-a-kind skill set and mind set to the job, and we want to connect them to opportunities with PG&E,” said PG&E’s Barry Anderson, vice president of emergency preparedness and operations.

With a $50,000 PG&E grant, The Fleet Week Association was able to expand programs offered to the public and introduce new services to the military for the first time.

Mayor Ed Lee holds press briefing to launch Fleet Week 2015

Mayor Ed Lee holds press briefing to launch Fleet Week 2015

Tuesday (Oct. 6), was the inaugural Veterans Employment Seminar at Fleet Week. PG&E was one of the featured employers of the program held at the Marines Memorial Club. PG&E representatives discussed the utility’s PowerPathway program that assists military veterans interested in energy sector jobs.

The week’s activities are also designed to highlight the importance of having a disaster plan.

Beginning today (Oct. 9), and closing out Fleet Week, visitors can visit the Humanitarian Assistance Village at Marina Green. The village is an interactive demonstration of U.S. military and civilian capabilities in responding to a disaster. PG&E will showcase its emergency preparedness capabilities and provide free giveaways to help educate families on how to stay safe when a disaster occurs.

PG&E encourages everyone to have an emergency preparedness plan that accounts for being without power and outside assistance for a minimum of 72 hours — and up to 14 days in a worst-case scenario.