Be Prepared And Plan In Advance Of A Disaster
In the event of a major disaster, you can be sure that the staff of the City of Redwood City is doing all it can to ensure the public safety, and is working hard to restore services and return our community to normal.
But remember, disaster can strike quickly and without warning. It can force you to evacuate your neighborhood or confine you to your home, and your family may be without basic services like water, gas, electricity, and telephones, or access to stores and other services for several hours or days. While public safety personnel will be on the scene after a disaster, they cannot reach everyone right away.
Therefore, the best way to make your family and your home safe is to be prepared before disaster strikes.
The Redwood City Fire Department urges everyone to be responsible for their own and their family's safety and emergency preparedness by taking the time now to plan for such a situation. It's recommended that people be self-reliant, that is, able to get along without any outside services or assistance, for five to seven days.
Redwood City's Disaster Preparedness Training Programs
- "Are You Ready?" is a one-to-two hour single class that provides the basics of what to do before, during, and after a disaster.
- Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training program offers a series of classes (20 hours total) during which you'll learn more in-depth, crucial information about fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, disaster medical operations, and more.
Other Helpful Links and Resources
- SMCReady - lots of disaster preparation info and resources from San Mateo County
- San Mateo County Health Services Agency
(including a "pocket guide" to emergency preparedness)
- San Mateo County Office of Emergency Services
- American Red Cross
- National Fire Protection Association
- Federal Emergency Management Agency
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Federal Emergency Management Agency flood information
- Creek Cleanup
- Disaster Preparedness
- The Red Cross offers information on tsunamis and ideas for preparation [PDF]