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“One Community, Many Cultures” Celebration May 18 at Courthouse Square

Redwood City Together Hosts “One Community, Many Cultures” Celebration
Redwood City, CA – The entire community is invited to join in the “One Community, Many Cultures” event, a celebration of the rich and historic diversity of Redwood City. This event, which helps to illustrate the valuable contributions and shared values of both recent immigrants and those from throughout the City’s history, is coordinated by Redwood City Together, and takes place:
Saturday, May 18
Noon – 4 pm
Courthouse Square, and inside the San Mateo County History Museum (2200 Broadway)
This will be a fun, family-friendly event, featuring live performances on Courthouse Square that include Mexican Folkloric, Egyptian, Salsa, Polynesian, Tongan, Flamenco, and Soul Line Dancing. Plus, everyone can enjoy a fantastic array of foods during the special Food Tasting from 12:30 to 2:30 pm inside the Museum. The Food Tasking is just $5 for three tastings – food selections include: Russian, Indian, Turkish, Mexican, and Middle Eastern.
Also on the Square is a fun mapping exercise – an opportunity for attendees to share personal stories of migration by identifying where they and their ancestors/family migrated from, shown on a map. The map will be a great tool for seeing the incredible diversity of locations, from around the world, from which today’s Redwood City residents originated.
Indoors at the Museum all day (free admission on the day of the event!): Sequoia High School’s “Art for Social Change” exhibit; Cañada College video “Life Without A Voice”, Pacific Islander Initiative’s photo voice exhibit, and Youth Digital Stories. Plus, children   will be invited to make crafts representative of many cultures. Activities will include making a Polynesian lei, creating an Irish  wreath, designing an Italian mask and folding a Japanese origami banner. And as part of the event, the Museum will open a remarkable new photo exhibition, Faces of the Community: Yesterday and Today, which will feature 12 photos taken of nineteenth century San Mateo County residents by James Van Court and 12 photos taken of contemporary residents by photographer Juan Luis Aguirre.
The two sets of photographs show people doing similar things more than 100 years apart. Children at play and adults at work demonstrate how much things have changed and how much things have stayed the same – all in the context of the diverse population of the Redwood City community.

The event is being put together by Redwood City Together – a collaboration of caring community members and organizations working to build a stronger, inclusive, and welcoming community. As our community continues to grow and change, Redwood City Together believes we’re most successful when we appreciate our shared values and build on the strength of our diversity. People from all backgrounds want safe streets for our children, neighbors who look out for each other and a thriving community where we can prosper together. The group is coordinated by Redwood City 2020, a collaborative of key public and private organizations in our community working to ensure the health and success of all children, youth and families served by the Redwood City School District. Together, the partners of RWC 2020 identify barriers and then implement collaborative approaches that will open the doors to success. Visit Redwood City 2020 at


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Downtown Businesses to Offer Valet Parking Friday/Saturday Nights

 Good morning  –

We just sent out the news release below, and I wanted to make sure you get this information: a group of Downtown businesses, in cooperation with Redwood City, are starting a valet parking program for Friday and Saturday nights. Please read the news release for all the details!



For Immediate Release
April 30, 2013


Sean Brooks
Redwood City Economic Development Manager

Alpio Barbara
Downtown Business Group
Downtown Businesses to Offer Convenience of Valet Parking – Friday/Saturday Nights
Redwood City, CA -Starting on the evening of Friday, May 3, a new  level of convenience will be offered for visitors to the Redwood City  Downtown Theatre District – a valet parking system with nearly two dozen   participating restaurants, stores, and entertainment hot spots! Thanks   to the Downtown Business Group, the Fox Theatre, Shops on Broadway, and  the City of Redwood City, this new program will make it easier and more  convenient to visit Downtown. And, at only $5 with validation, it’s a  great parking deal.
Every Friday and Saturday night  from 6 to 11 pm visitors driving into Downtown can drop off their cars  near Courthouse Square, and enjoy all that Downtown has to offer,  without worrying about parking. This will be especially beneficial for  motorists during those crowded nights when Downtown is full of revelry,  shows, shoppers, and diners.
This program is the result of  many Downtown businesses coming together in a cooperative effort to  address their customers’ concerns with the sometimes-impacted parking  situation. As Downtown Redwood City continues growing into one of THE  great destinations for entertainment in Silicon Valley, valet parking  will help bring parking relief, more convenience, and peace of mind, at a  low cost, to anyone looking for convenient parking on those busy Friday  and Saturday nights.

Here are the details (please see for maps and updates):

Start Date:   
This Friday, May 3rd

Nights of Operation:
Every Friday and Saturday

Times of Operation:
6 – 11 pm

Drop-Off Spot:
On Middlefield Road at Broadway (adjacent to Courthouse Square –see map) Note:   Due to City street closures for Music on the Square concerts, the  drop-off location on Friday nights from June 7 through September 27, is on Winslow Street at Theatre Way (see map)

$5 with validation (from participating businesses, below); $10 without validation


Downtown Business Group, Fox Theatre, and Shops on Broadway, in cooperation with the City of Redwood City

Valet Company:
All About Parking

There   are many participating businesses where valet parking will be validated  to get that low $5 price. The participating restaurants are:

  • ARYA Global Cuisine
  • Café La Tartine
  • Chipotle Mexican Grill
  • Downtown (coming soon!)
  • Fish’s Wild
  • Five Guys Burgers & Fries
  • New Kapadokia
  • Pizza My Heart
  • Portobello Grill
  • Quinto Sol
  • Saba Café
  • The Melt
  • The Old Spaghetti Factory
  • Yoppi Yogurt
  • Sakura Teppanyaki & Sushi
 The great entertainment venues/operators participating are: Fox Theatre, Broadway By The Bay, Club Fox, Cinemark Century Theatres, and Dragon Productions Theatre. Other participating Downtown businesses are: Fresh Takes Media Arts Center, Cost Plus World Market, and DB Shoes.  Thanks also to Hunter Storm Development (developers of the upcoming  Redwood Tower project) for providing the parking area to be used during the Friday night concert series.
The  Downtown Business Group and Fox Theatre, and Shops on Broadway are  excited to be able to offer this additional parking option, in  cooperation with the City of Redwood City. This valet parking program is   a great, new way to make it easier and more convenient for visitors to   enjoy beautiful Downtown Redwood City!
Visit Redwood City’s award-winning website at    for information about the City and its services, the community,  recreation programs, education, and local business. Subscribe to Redwood   City’s email newsletter and other City documents by visiting

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Reminders for Saturday: Free Document Shredding; Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Good morning, and happy Friday!

Here are a couple of reminders for tomorrow (Saturday): Redwood City’s free document shredding event from 9 am – 1 pm; and the Redwood City Police Department/Stanford/DEA prescription drug “National Take Back Day” from 10 am – 2 pm. Please read below for details on both of these events.



FREE Document Shredding Event

for Redwood City Residents

Bring your personal documents for safe and secure on-site shredding – for FREE!


Saturday, April 27th from 9 am – 1 pm
Redwood City Public Works Parking Lot
1400 Broadway, Redwood City

No need to worry about paper clips or staples.

Please note: Limit of 3 (three) boxes (10″x12″x15″) worth of materials per household.

Please be prepared to show proof of Redwood City residency.

Shredding takes place throughout the event period as sufficient quantities are accumulated. 

For more information contact the Redwood City Public Works Department at 650-780-7464 or Recology San Mateo County at (650) 595-3900



Turn In Expired / Unused Medication for Safe, Proper Disposal

National Take Back Day

The Stanford Pain Management Center in partnership with the Redwood City Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) offer an opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by properly disposing of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.

National Take Back Day – Turn In Expired/Unused Medication
Saturday, April 27
10 am to 2 pm

Bring your medications for disposal to the Redwood City Police Department at 1301 Maple Street, Redwood City, CA 94061.

The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked
This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue.  Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the numbers of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.  Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines-flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash-may both pose potential safety and health hazards.

For information about National Take Back day, visit the Drug Enforcement Administration at

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YMCA Healthy Kids Day Event Saturday

Good afternoon –

The Sequoia YMCA is holding a great event this Saturday. It’s the Sequoia YMCA Healthy Kids Day, and it looks like a wonderful, healthy time for families!. Please read below for the details and get this on your weekend calendar.





The Y invites the entire community to participate in YMCA Healthy Kids  Day, the nation’s largest celebration of health for children and  families. Healthy Kids Day is THE day for kids to get a jump on a summer   full of activities- from sports to learning-that will keep them growing  and achieving. Join us and jumpstart a journey that lasts kids a day, a  summer and, we hope their entire future.
Saturday, April 27
10 am – 2 pm
Sequoia YMCA
1445 Hudson St., Redwood City
In partnership with the City of Redwood City Parks and Recreation Department, activities at Healthy Kids Day include a health and resource fair, family ZUMBA, bounce house, camp games, face painting, healthy snacks, obstacle course, summer camp registration. Bring your family to YMCA Healthy Kids Day on Saturday, April 27!
Each year Healthy Kids Day is celebrated across the country at more than 1,700 YMCAs, with more than 800,000 attendees. These events are free, open to everyone, and include fun, engaging and creative activities to get kids active from head to toe and promote year-long wellness and healthy living for children and families.
While you’re celebrating Healthy Kids Day, register your child for a YMCA summer camp by Monday, April 29, and enter to win an Apple iPad mini. One entry per family. Winners to be announced May 13.
Contact: Trenton Hill (650) 481-1210

Visit the Sequoia YMCA at

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Neighborhood Workshop: Tools for Managing Conflict

Good morning –

Back by popular demand!

This great neighborhood workshop, “Tools for Managing Conflict” is presented by our partners Peninsula Conflict Resolution Center (PCRC). I think you’ll find it of great interest – please read below for the details.


~ malcolm


Tools for Managing Conflict

A neighborhood workshop hosted by Redwood City and PCRC 

  • Thursday, May 9, 2013 
    6:30 – 8:30 pm
    unset Room, Veterans Memorial Senior Center

    1455 Madison Avenue, Redwood City

    This workshop is FREE

This interactive, instructive, and very useful workshop will introduce participants to a variety of communication skills and mediation tools as means to resolve conflict and engage others in more valuable discussions.
As much as we might try to hide from it, conflict just seems to be a fact of life. We’ve all seen situations where different people with different needs – neighbors, family, colleagues – have come into conflict, and many of you may have been part of those challenging conversations. The fact that conflict exists, however, is not necessarily a bad thing!
As long as conflict is approached effectively, it can lead to personal and professional growth; can make the difference between positive and negative outcomes; and can even strengthen the relationship between those involved. In this workshop we will explore our own style and approach to conflict, learn effective skills for managing difficult conversations and steps to resolve conflict.     The Tools for Managing Conflict workshop focuses on how to engage others in productive conversations, and offers communication and mediation skills as a means of resolving conflict. The evening will help to equip you with tools and skills to manage multiple forms of communication and interactions in a variety of settings including neighborhood, work, church, community, and more. These skills offer a great way of building community through communication!
Please let us know if you’ll be attending so we can arrange for refreshment, by sending an email to


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City Council Adopts Climate Action Plan

Good morning –

I’m happy to let you know that last night the City Council adopted the Redwood City Climate Action Plan – the news release below outlines the details, and you can see the Climate Action Plan at


~ malcolm


For Immediate Release
April 23, 2013

Malcolm Smith
Public Communications Manager

City Council Adopts Climate Action Plan
Redwood City, CA – At its April 22, 2013 meeting, the City Council of Redwood City  unanimously adopted the City’s Climate Action Plan, which includes 15  key measures to help the City meet the state-recommended target  reductions in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The City’s Climate Action  Plan is online at

Implementation   of many of the measures has already begun as a result of state  mandates, adopted General Plan policies and programs, and previous City Council direction. Now, with the official adoption of the Redwood City Climate Action Plan, the City formalizes its commitment to California’s   Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, and establishes a clear roadmap for the City’s activities in meeting climate protection goals by 2020, and beyond. The Plan includes actions in the areas of renewable energy, smart  growth development, residential, commercial, and City energy efficiency  programs, solid waste diversion, water conservation, parking management policies, and others.

It’s very important that the City lead by example,” said Council Member Ian Bain, who sits on the Council’s Environmental Initiatives Subcommittee. “There   are big benefits to energy efficiency — not only for the environment,   but financially as well.  As we find ways to reduce ongoing energy  costs, that’s money we can re-direct to other vital City programs. We’re   showing the community that we’re committed to this cause, and we ask  for their commitment as well.

The   City will be carrying out the measures in its Climate Action Plan  toward complying with state regulations, which encourage local  governments to reduce emissions in their jurisdictions to 15 percent  below 2005 levels by 2020.  According to Redwood City’s GHG inventories and forecast, by the end of 2020 an   annual reduction of nearly 62,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide  emissions would need to be accomplished throughout the community in  order to achieve the state recommended target reductions.    The measures contained in the City’s Plan are actually expected to  exceed that goal by 2020, with a total annual reduction of an estimated 63,500 metric tons.

This   Plan builds on the work that the City and community members have been doing to ensure the quality of life in the future, and moves us to the next step,” said City Council Member Barbara Pierce, also on the Environmental Initiatives Subcommittee. “The   City and the people who live and work here are partners in this  important effort and Redwood City now has the tools to really make this partnership work.

As   part of implementation of the Climate Action Plan, City staff will  monitor community greenhouse gas emissions, complete GHG inventories,  evaluate progress, and identify new measures as necessary to ensure  significant reductions in GHG emissions are being achieved in accordance   with the targets established in the Plan. An initial task is for staff   to conduct cost-benefit analyses of measures, including the best methods  for implementation and the impacts on the community, and bring recommendations for implementation back to the City Council for review.

Visit Redwood City’s award-winning website at    for information about the City and its services, the community,  recreation programs, education, and local business. Subscribe to Redwood   City’s email newsletter and other City documents by visiting



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Redwood City’s Plastic Bag Ban Starts October 1, 2013

Good afternoon –

As I’m sure you know, a number of cities on the peninsula, as well as San Mateo County, implemented a reusable bag ordinance today, April 22 (also known as a plastic bag ban).

Please note that Redwood City’s plastic bag ban does NOT take effect today. Instead, the City Council wanted to give businesses six months to use up existing stocks of those bags – Redwood City’s plastic bag ban starts on October 1, 2013.

This ordinance bans distribution of single-use carryout plastic bags by all retailers except restaurants and nonprofits, and does not include protective bags for produce or meat, dry-cleaning, and newspapers, among other exemptions. The ordinance does require retailers to charge a minimum of 10¢ per paper bag used (25¢ as of 2015). Enforcement will be complaint-based, and conducted by San Mateo County. More details are on the City’s reusable bag ordinance information page.

Please  share this information with others – Redwood City’s plastic bag ban starts on October 1, 2013.


~ malcolm

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Student Art Project Reception Tuesday; Blood Drive on Thursday – both at Redwood City’s Downtown Library

Good afternoon – here are two quick items I wanted to get to you this week:

1. “Art for Social Change” – a reception unveiling art by Sequoia High School students, on April 23

2. Blood Drive at the Library, on April 25

Please read below –


~ malcolm



You’re invited to

Art for Social Change


Please come to a reception in the Community Room of the Redwood City Downtown Library featuring an exhibition of Sequoia High School students’ linoleum prints.

Meet student artists and see the world through their point of view!

Tuesday, April 23, 2013
5 – 7 pm
Redwood City Library
1044 Middlefield Road

Artwork created under the guidance of Favianna Rodriguez, local artist and activist.

Exhibition made possible by Redwood City 2020/Immigrant Youth Action Team, with funding from the San Francisco Foundation’s Koshland Arts Mini-Grants Program.

For more information email



Redwood City’s SHAPE Team invites you to

Save Lives by Giving Blood!

Join the blood drive on Thursday, April 25, 2013, from 1 – 7 pm at the Downtown Redwood City Library Community Room located at 1044 Middlefield Road.

Just go to to make your appointment. Or, send an email to Deanna La Croix at ( or call her at 780-7308, to have your life saving appointment made for you. Walk-ins are also welcome!

In appreciation, all donors will receive a 10% off coupon and be entered into a drawing for a $500 spending spree, compliments of Sports Basement!

If you plan on donating, please do not forget to bring proper identification (i.e. driver’s license, CA identification card), and don’t forget to eat a healthy meal beforehand.

The link below provides you the tips for a successful donation:

Thank you for your support!

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Cleanup Day TOMORROW! Coffee with the Cops on Tuesday

Good morning, and happy Friday!

I’d like to give you two quick reminders this morning: tomorrow is Redwood City’s annual Spring Cleanup Day in honor of Earth Day; and Tuesday April 23 is the next Coffee with the Cops event, at Starbucks on Marsh Road.

Please read on for the details!


~ malcolm


Celebrate Earth Day by Joining Redwood City’s Pride and Beautification Committee for the
Annual Spring Cleanup! 

Also, Recology’s “Great Compost Giveaway”     You’re invited to join the Redwood City Pride and Beautification Committee for the fun, family-friendly annual Spring Cleanup Day on Saturday April 20, 2013! Get a head-start on Earth Day, which is April 22, by  participating with friends and neighbors in this very popular community-building cleanup activity.

Redwood City’s Earth Day/Spring Cleanup
Saturday, April 20, 2013 – 8:30 am Public Works Services building
Meet at 1400 Broadway (between Chestnut and Woodside)

Meet at 8:30 am on Saturday April 20 at the City’s Public Works Services building, located at 1400 Broadway (near Woodside Road). After a complimentary continental breakfast, clean-up teams will move out and descend on this year’s targeted areas. Then at noon, volunteers will meet for a special free BBQ lunch as a ‘thank you’ for participating in this annual fun project that helps the entire community.

And, from 9 am to 3 pm on Saturday, April 20, residents of Redwood City can take up to one cubic yard of free compost (that’s about three garbage cans full) – a limited supply will be shared among Redwood City community members on a first-come, first-served basis. Thank you, Recology!

For more information see the news release.


Join members of the Redwood City Police Department for

“Coffee with the Cops”

The next Coffee with the Cops is scheduled for Tuesday, April 23  from 5:30 – 7 pm at Starbucks, Marsh Manor, 955 Marsh Road.  

This is a great idea by our police department, continuing last year’s very successful Coffee with the Cops events.  These are informal visits at local coffee shops, for officers and a sergeant to meet and talk with neighbors and community members. Just chat, ask questions, and learn about police programs and efforts in your neighborhood. No formal presentations, and you are invited to drop in any time during the 90 minutes that police staff are there. Find the one closest to your neighborhood and drop in, or visit any of the Coffee with the Cops events.

For more info and the complete schedule, see the news release (which also has the schedule of the Chief’s Town Hall Meetings).


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Earth Day Bus Stop Cleanup; Caminar Fundraiser at the Fox; Disaster Prep for Businesses; RU Ready Presentations

Good afternoon –
Well, as you can see from recent emails, there are more and more events and activities getting scheduled, throughout the community. I’m happy to provide these four for you this afternoon:
  1. Volunteer to participate in an Earth Day cleanup of the Redwood City Transit Center, with SamTrans on April 22
  2. A fundraiser for nonprofit Caminar, for adults with disabilities and mental illness, at the Fox Theatre, with great music and video appearance by Quincy Jones, on  May 3
  3. A disaster preparedness workshop specifically designed for businesses, by the Red Cross on May 7
  4. And, a reminder that residents can schedule a free R U Ready disaster prep session, by the Redwood City Fire Department)
Please read below!


~ malcolm


SamTrans Earth Day Cleanup!

SamTrans invites you to participate in Earth Day by volunteering to help clean up some of their bus stops along El Camino Real – and help to make it a Grand Boulevard!In Redwood City, it’s the Redwood City Transit Center, at El Camino just off of El Camino near James and California (next to Sequoia Station).

SamTrans’ efforts in support of Earth Day on April 22 include some El Camino Real clean up.  We will be providing gloves and bags to volunteers and we will be taking away the trash from each location as well.

Here are all three sites involved:
Monday, April 22, 2013
  • Mission and Evergreen in Daly City (7:30 to 8 a.m. approx.)
  • Sneath Lane and ECR in San Bruno (8:17 – 9:21 a.m. approx.)
  • Redwood City Transit Center, Redwood City (10:41 – 11:20 approx.)
For more information contact Christine Dunn at 508-6238 and
“Caminar for Mental Health”
Fundraiser at Fox Theatre Featuring Jazz Pianist Alfredo Rodriguez

On May 3rd nonprofit mental health group Caminar is joining forces with  Quincy Jones and Alfredo Rodriguez, a phenomenal Cuban Jazz pianist, for a fundraiser  and to build awareness about mental illness issues. Quincy Jones will be  joining us via video to introduce and speak about Alfredo Rodriguez.

Friday, May 3, 2013
6 pm
Fox Theatre, Broadway in Redwood City


Musical   genius Quincy Jones recently co-produced Alfredo Rodriguez’s album  Sounds of Space, a jazz piano album.  Quincy decided to co-produce this record because he heard Alfredo perform and he was truly inspired.  Quincy said “He is very special, and I do not say that easily because I  have been surrounded by the best musicians in the world my entire life  and he is one of the best.”

Alfredo Rodriguez ( is an international  jazz piano sensation. This is an event that you don’t want to miss.  Come and enjoy amazing music composed and produced by Alfredo Rodriguez  and Quincy Jones, and help the great cause of Caminar.

Caminar is a nonprofit agency has been providing services for adults with disabilities and mental illness for over 49 years. Their mission is to improve the quality of life for people with disabilities by providing opportunities for them to live in the community with dignity and independence.

For more information on Caminar visit


The American Red Cross Presents
FREE Organizational Preparedness Workshop
Disaster Preparation for Businesses!

Purpose: To provide nonprofits and small to medium businesses with the tools to design and implement emergency planning, emergency response and continuity of operations plans.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013
9 am -3:30 pm
Salvation Army, 660 Veterans Blvd. in Redwood City

Instructors: Certified business continuity planners affiliated with the American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter

To register or for more info, contact / (415) 427-8134

Learning Objectives

  • Learn best practice methods related to organizational resilience program management, including emergency planning, emergency response, continuity planning, and conducting and using a Hazard Vulnerability Assessment.
  • Gain knowledge of effective continuity program management.
  • Learn how to develop and implement an emergency response plan.

Participant Materials Provided by the Red Cross:

  • Organizational Preparedness course manual, which includes emergency plan and continuity of operations plan templates
  • Free preparedness starter kits for each participating organization  upon completion of Ready Rating online assessment and workshop!

Thank you to our corporate sponsor: PG&E

Recommended Preparation: Enroll in and complete the free one-hour Red Cross Ready Rating online assessment:


The Redwood City Fire Department Asks…

Are You Ready?

You can schedule a free two-hour Are You Ready disaster preparation class for your own group, neighborhood, office, business, or team (minimum of 20 people), on your schedule, provided by the Redwood City Fire Department. The 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

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. When a disaster happens and police, fire and emergency services are spread thin, will you be prepared to care for yourself, family, friends and neighbors?

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

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

Visit for more information about preparing yourself, your family, and your home to survive an emergency.

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