5 tips for disaster prep

Here are a few quick and easy tips for disaster preparedness that could save a life.

1. Schedule PG&E Free Safety Check
They will come inspect gas appliances, help you locate your shut-offs. and they can find your underground service lines: 800-473-5000
2. Get a Fire Extinguisher & Smoke Detector
Keep your extinguisher near an exit and install a 10-year battery smoke detector. Always call 9-1-1 for help.  Seeing is believing – watch how quickly fires spread: https://tinyurl.com/y98x4shl.
3. Remove Fire Hazards
FREE toxic drop off at SMC Health (32 Tower Rd) dump your old paint and cleaners, aerosol spray cans, chemicals. Schedule online: www.smchealth.org/hhw
4. Make a Plan
In a major disaster you might only be able to make and receive calls from out of the area. Designate a contact person out of the region who can field calls and pass on messages. As a family, choose a meeting place on your block and in a nearby an open space.
5. Keep a “Go Bag”  under your bed 
Pack closed-toes shoes, battery-powered flashlight, extra batteries, pry-bar, copies of essential documents, snacks, water, and cash in small bills. 
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San Mateo is near four major earthquake fault lines: San Andreas, San Gregorio, Hayward, and Calaveras

RESOURCES: 

hsd.smcsheriff.com/smcalert – SMC notification system to alert you during urgent or emergency situations.

myhazards.caloes.ca.gov – MyHazards is a tool to discover hazards in their area and learn steps to reduce personal risk.

SanMateoCERT.org – Community Emergency Response Team 25-hr training and Get Ready 2-hr workshops.

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