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San Francisco Hospitals Preparing for Asian Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit


  • SF Department of Public Health
  • SF Department of Emergency Management
  • US Department of Homeland Security
  • US Secret Service
  • Associated state agencies


The Asian Pacific Economic Cooperation is hosting a summit in San Francisco from Nov. 11 to 17. President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, Secretary of State Antony Blinken, and dignitaries from numerous foreign countries will attend the weeklong summit, which has been designated a National Special Security Event. All hospitals, the San Francsico Department of Public Health, the San Francisco Department of Emergency Management, and various state agencies are working in coordination with the Secret Service and Department of Homeland Security to plan for medical needs ranging from non-emergency circumstances to a mass casualty incident. Hospitals have received patient distribution procedures, the Secret Service is conducting site visits, and a countywide tabletop exercise is planned.  

Hospitals are asked to plan adequately for increased workforce needs, refresh confidentiality and media procedures with staff, and assess potential operational impacts such as supply chain delays and difficulty for staff/patients to get into and around San Francisco for services. There is intense scenario planning for every medical contingency as San Francisco attempts to safely host world leaders and approximately 30,000 attendees. 

Hospitals will continue to work in coordination with state and federal agencies in preparation. CEOs are committed to assigning staff to participate in the countywide tabletop exercise. The Department of Public Health will continue to work through Hospital Council to provide updates and coordinate with hospitals.