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Flood, Earthquake, Fire… Redwood City 's Two-Hour "Are You Ready?" Class Can Help Prepare Community with the Basics of Disaster Preparedness

Redwood City, CA - February 4, 2008 – Floods, earthquakes, fires, and other disasters are a fact of life, but there’s a lot the community can do to minimize the impacts.

The Redwood City Fire Department’s "Are You Ready?" program is a quick and informative introduction to disaster preparedness, providing the basics of how to prepare for and live through the aftermath of a major emergency such as earthquake, fire, or flood. Every individual, family, and group of community members will greatly benefit from this very useful overview of disaster preparedness – in just two hours, participants will gain the basics and have a higher level of confidence in what they need to do in the event of a disaster.

Interested community members can sign up now for the upcoming session of “Are You Ready?” which is scheduled for:

Wednesday, February 13, 2008
6:30 - 8:30 pm
Community Activities Building
1400 Roosevelt Avenue

Advance registration is required
- to register for this session, go online, or call 780-7400.

This FREE class covers the basics of what to do before, during, and after a major emergency. Participants will learn how to get informed, put together a kit, and make a plan. "Are You Ready?" class size is limited, so interested community members are encouraged to sign up now!

Training materials and instruction are provided by the Redwood City Fire Department. The success of Redwood City’s disaster preparedness program depends on neighbors throughout the community learning how to help themselves, their families, and one another in the event of an emergency. Redwood City urges neighbors to become a part of this citizen-based disaster response team, and to encourage friends and neighbors to become involved. For those wishing a more intensive, in-depth training in disaster preparedness, the City offers its Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program, a 20-hour series of classes currently offered once a year. Information on CERT is also available online.

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Captain Ernesto Gomez
Redwood City Fire Department


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