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Emergency Preparedness & Safety Commission

Commission Info

Staff Liaison:
Captain Chris Clements
Police Captain
email: clementsc@pacificapolice.org
T: 650-738-7314

Sergeant Tom Cumming
Police Sergeant
email: cummingt@pacificapolice.org

General Inquiries
Captain Chris Clements
email: clementsc@pacificapolice.org

Commission Meeting Times/Locations:

The Pacifica Emergency Preparedness & Safety Commission meets on the third Wednesday of the month at 6:30pm in the front conference room of the police station located at 2075 Coast Highway in Pacifica.

Commission Purpose/Objectives:

The purpose of the Emergency Preparedness & Safety Commission shall be to recommend and advise the City Council on City programs, activities, plans and other related actions that assist the City in preparing for possible future disasters.

The Commission consists of nine (9) members appointed by the City Council. The commission membership should, where possible, be representative of the City's neighborhood areas. In addition to the nine regular members, there shall be three (3) ex officio members who shall be representatives from the high school and elementary school districts, and from the American Red Cross.

The powers and duties of the Commission shall be advisory only and include

  • To assist in the preparation and review and make recommendations to Council on disaster preparedness plans;
  • To increase community awareness of the possibility of future disasters and the need for disaster preparedness;
  • To develop and distribute disaster preparedness information in the City;
  • To develop, implement and promote, with Council approval, disaster preparedness programs and activities in the City;
  • To promote and develop resources, volunteer and self-help groups to be utilized in the event of a local disaster;
  • To assist in the coordinating of disaster preparedness with other governmental agencies.

Additionally, the commission sits as the appellate body for appeals relating to abandoned/ inoperable vehicle abatement, vehicles parked 72 hours or more and appeals of staff decisions relating to traffic safety issues. The current commissioners' terms are set to expire every calendar year on October 31st.


Commission Members:





Term Expires

Doug Hladky




Debra Johnson

Vice Chair



Feliks Gasanyan




Frank Erbacher




Jay Crawford Commissioner   jcrawford@ci.pacifica.ca.us 10/31/2025






Vacant  Commissioner     10/31/2023

Gregor Blackburn

Commissioner   blackburng@ci.pacifica.ca.us


Evelyn Taverna Commissioner   tavernae@ci.pacifica.ca.us 10/31/2023


Ex-Officio Commissioners include:  Marcus Peppers (Jefferson Union High School District), Jorge Machado (Pacifica School District), Betty Fleming, American Red Cross

Commission Staff and Council Liaisons:






Chris Clements

Staff Liaison

Police Captain



Tygarjaz Bigstyck

City Council Liaison

City Council Member





Resources / Other Items of Interest:

Earthquake Safety Video

SMC Alert Network
Pacifica provides its residents with the ability to participate in the county alert system known as SMC Alert. The program allows participates to receive automatic notifications to their computers, cell phones or any device capable of receiving email on such things as utility outages, road closures and weather warnings. For more information and to sign up, visit www.smcalert.info.

San Mateo County Department of Emergency Management
The Department of Emergency Management (DEM) coordinates countywide preparedness, response and protection services and activities for large-scale incidents and disasters. For more information,  visit:    https://cmo.smcgov.org/department-emergency-management.

California Governor's Office of Emergency Services

Cal OES is responsible for the coordination of overall state agency response to disasters. Assuring the state's readiness to respond to, recover from all hazards and assisting local governments in their emergency preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation.  https://www.caloes.ca.gov.

United States Department of Homeland Security
In addition, there are more resources available from www.ready.gov.

CERT Training
The Pacifica Police Department is offering another session of Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training at the Pacifica Police Department. You can sign up on line with the following ink: http://www.cityofpacifica.org/depts/police/natural_disasters/cert.asp

Wildfire Preparedness
New Wildfire Preparedness Webpage.
After considerable work by the Emergency Preparedness & Safety Commission to raise awareness about wildfire preparedness in Pacifica, this new webpage has been added to the City website. We have worked with North County Fire Authority to help bring several useful resources to one location. Learn about defensible space, evacuation planning, fire insurance for homeowners, and register to receive alert notifications through SMC Alert.

Want to find out where hazards are in your area?  Click on the following link:  an interactive map.

72 Hours - Are you Prepared?

Emergency Check List


Agenda/Minutes Archive:

Archived Agendas

Archived Minutes


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