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Two Key Steps for Disaster Preparedness

Good morning, and happy Friday to you!

Here are a couple of pieces of very important disaster preparation information.

First, I want to announce the return of a great program – you can schedule an two-hour Are You Ready disaster preparation class for your own group, neighborhood, office, or team (minimum of 20 people)!

Second, I want to urge you to go to to sign up for Redwood City’s emergency telephone/email/text notification system.

Please read below for details!


~ Malcolm


Group, Club, Business, Home Owners Association, Neighborhood or Team – Schedule a FREE Disaster Preparation class today!
Provided by the Redwood City Fire Department

In an effort to better prepare our community for potential disasters, the Redwood City Fire Department will be conducting free “Are You Ready” training classes.  This two-hour presentation will provide valuable and very useful information on topics such as:

• Creating a family/office disaster plan
• Assembling home/office and portable disaster supply kit
• Sheltering in place • Evacuation procedures
• Preparing for and responding to specific disasters

Since we can only do our best to prevent man-made disasters and terrorism, and since we certainly can’t control “mother-nature,” it’s only a matter of time before a minor or major incident occurs in or around our immediate area. When a disaster happens and police, fire and emergency services are overwhelmed, will you be prepared to care for yourself, family, friends and neighbors?

In all places, home, work or school, it pays to be ready and prepared to deal with all types of natural and man-made disasters. Here on the Peninsula, we are subject to power outages, earthquakes, fires, floods, severe storms, extreme heat, gas leaks, plane crashes, disease and/or flu pandemics, and a host of other possible situations. The potential for an act of terror adds yet another dimension to disaster awareness and preparedness.

The Redwood City Fire Department offers training at the Fire Station or at your on preferred location, to neighborhoods, schools, businesses, and community groups of 20 or more.

Get Ready! Let us show you how!

Schedule a FREE presentation for your group. Please contact: Redwood City Fire Department Emergency Preparedness Coordinator, Christy Adonis at (650) 780-5798 or


Get Notified When an Emergency Occurs in Your Neighborhood or Area – Sign up for CodeRED

CodeRED is Redwood City’s emergency notification system and it’s VERY important that as many people as possible sign up. CodeRED allows us to telephone (and text and email) targeted areas or neighborhoods, or the entire City in the event of an emergency situation, and deliver a pre-recorded message.

You can have the system include your cell phone, work phone (even if out of the area), or other alternate number, plus email and text, so you are sure to be called when a CodeRED alert is activated in the area of your home or business.

The database already contains many thousands of numbers, connected to Redwood City addresses, but you should go to to ensure you’re in there, and that the information is up to date.

Examples of times when the CodeRED system may be utilized:

• Earthquake
• Fires or floods
• Chemical spill or gas leak
• Drinking water contamination
• Severe utility outage
• Major traffic impacts
• Evacuation
• Missing person
• Bomb threat
• Bio-terrorism threat
• Hostage situation

Whether you’re a resident, or you work or own a business here, you’ll want to be notified in the event of an emergency affecting your home, business, or place of work. Please go to to learn more and to sign up.


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