The tragic earthquake and resulting tsunami in Japan serve as a blunt reminder to the Bay Area that a disaster can strike quickly, without warning, and with devastating consequences. I want to remind you that preparing your family and home for a possible disaster – earthquake, flood, or fire, for example – can make a life-or-death difference.
The Redwood City Fire Department offers information and tips for disaster preparedness on its web page located at www.redwoodcity.org/fire. Remember, in the event of a major disaster, homes, neighborhoods, or entire areas 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 ensure the safety of your family and home is to be well-prepared before disaster strikes.
Here are links to get you started or to improve your disaster preparedness – they’re all on the Fire Department’s website as well:
- CodeRED – Redwood City’s emergency notification system
- SMCAlert – San Mateo County’s emergency notification system
- Pocket Guide to Emergency Preparedness – prepared by the San Mateo County Health Services Agency
- Three-day Survival Kit Guide
- SMCReady – Disaster preparation information and resources from San Mateo County
- San Mateo County Office of Emergency Services
- American Red Cross
- National Fire Protection Association
- Federal Emergency Management Agency
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
And, even though the tsunami resulting from the Japan earthquake has not significantly affected the waters here in the Bay Area, it’s important for anyone living near our coastline to have information about tsunamis.