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Disaster Preparedness and Redwood City's Emergency Services Organization

  • CodeRED emergency notification system - update your contact information
  • Links to disaster preparation information
  • "Are You Ready?" 2-hour class information
  • CERT training information

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 three days (click here for an example of a three-day survival kit).

You should also consider joining with some neighbors (or on your own) and participating in one of 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.

  • Our 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.

Click here to view an earthquake and fire safety presentation.

The following links offer additional information for being well-prepared:

The west coast is subject to earthquakes, including deep sea earthquakes that could cause a tidal wave. While a tidal wave's impact on the bay side of the peninsula is uncertain, it’s a good idea to keep it in mind when assessing your home’s disaster preparedness. The Red Cross offers information on tsunamis and ideas for preparation.

By planning ahead with family members and neighbors, you’ll be best able to stay safe and sound during a large-scale emergency.

Here is a link to an overview of Redwood City's Emergency Services Organization, as a summary of the November 22, 2004 Emergency Plan Presentation to the City Council


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