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In 1989, the City of Oakland was rocked by the Loma Prieta earthquake. Even though the epicenter was 60 miles away, the quake caused significant damage in Oakland and quickly strained the resources of local police, firefighters and paramedics.
In response, the Oakland Fire Department Office of Emergency Services developed CORE, an emergency preparedness and response program to empower citizens to become more self-sufficient in emergency and disaster situations.
The devastation and trauma of the Oakland Berkeley Hills Firestorm of 1991 underscored the need for CORE to expand its curriculum to include fire prevention and suppression. CORE soon became a multi-hazard training program incorporating preparedness and response to earthquakes, fires, severe weather, chemical accidents and terrorism.