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Redwood City Fire Department Urges Community to Be Prepared For Disaster

Redwood City, CA - September 7 , 2005 - As our country and the world have seen from some of the horrific consequences of Hurricane Katrina, advance preparation can mean the difference between life and death when disaster strikes. The Redwood City Fire Department wants to remind our community that preparing one’s family and home for a possible disaster – earthquake, flood, or fire, for example – should be a top priority.

To help with home disaster preparation and planning, the fire department offers information and tips on disaster preparedness on its web page.

It’s important to remember that in the event of a 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 family and home safety is to be prepared before disaster strikes.

On this webpage are links to crucial information such as a three-day survival kit guide and San Mateo County’s emergency preparedness guide, as well as to resources such as the American Red Cross, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and the National Fire Protection Association. The site also contains information on the organization and responsibilities of Redwood City’s emergency services program. Redwood City’s main web page offers a link to a list of organizations which are active in the hurricane relief effort.

The Redwood City Fire Department has five fire stations housing five engines and one truck, and currently has over 70 staff members including firefighters, firefighter/paramedics, captains and battalion chiefs, fire prevention staff, training staff, and administrative staff.

Visit Redwood City 's website at for information about the City and its services, the community, recreation programs, education, City government, and local business.


Gerry Kohlmann
Redwood City Fire Chief
(650) 780-7400

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