Is your family ready for an emergency?
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Why be prepared.
Being prepared = Safety, Comfort and Peace of Mind.
The state and federal government suggest that the average person should be prepared to be on their own, without any assistance for a minimum of 3 days.
As evidenced in Katrina, flooding across the mid-west, Northridge and the Bay Area earthquakes, response times in major disaster is more on the lines of 7 – 14 days, depending on the nature of the event and how wide spread the damage is.
In the event of a major disaster, the best way to make your family and your home safe is to be prepared before disaster strikes.
Disaster can strike quickly and without warning. Depending on the nature of the event you could be forced to shelter in-place possibly with no water or utilities, or you might have to evacuate, such as in the case of a wild fire. There are many things that you can do to prepare yourself for a disaster. To prevent yourself from being over whelmed, make it a family effort. Don’t forget about your family members with special needs, children, the elderly and your family pets.
In the Bay Area we hear a lot about being earthquake ready, but the disaster could be anything from winter storms and landslides or wild fires.
Get A Kit – Make A Plan - Be Informed
The following are links to a variety of websites that provide great information on being disaster ready.
• www.smcready.org – San Mateo Office of Emergency Services provides helpful tools and information on how to prepare your family and home for a disaster.
• www.smcalert.info – SMC ALERT is an alert notification system used to immediately contact you during urgent or emergency situations with useful information and updates by sending text messages to your:
• Email accounts (home, work, school, etc.)
• cell phones, pagers
• Smartphone’s/handheld devices
• www.cerpp.org - CERPP is the Citizens Emergency and Preparedness Program serving the Woodside Fire Protection District, which includes the Towns of Woodside and Portola Valley and some adjacent unincorporated areas. CERPP’s primary goal is to promote emergency preparedness and response capability at the citizen and neighborhood level in the event of a disaster that overwhelms traditional emergency response resources.
• – This is a link to the Woodside Fire Protection District. Woodside Fire offers a verity of class from Basic CPR to First Aid, CERPP training and others.
• Pocket Guide to Emergency Services (prepared by San Mateo County)
Additional Helpful website links to disaster preparation information
- Disaster preparedness tips for pets from the Humane Society
- Activities for kids at the U.S. Fire Administrations website and at FEMA's website.
- USGS for earthquake information and preparedness
- The Federal Emergency Management Agency get ready website
- Living with Fire - A guide for homeowners in San Mateo County
See below for more websites on being disaster ready
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