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Redwood City and San Mateo County Present Special “SMCReady” Emergency Preparedness Event - Information Tables, Video Premiere, and “Earthquake” Movie - FREE On Courthouse Square

Redwood City, CA - April 9th, 2008 - Redwood City and San Mateo County want to help the community prepare for potential disaster such as earthquake, fire, flood, or terrorism – preparation that can make a huge difference in protecting families and property. A fun, easy, and even entertaining first step is to attend SMCReady, a special outdoor emergency preparedness event for the whole family on April 17th!

The event starts at 7 pm at Courthouse Square in Downtown Redwood City, with emergency vehicle and equipment displays, lots of emergency preparedness information and handouts, CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) and “Are You Ready” class information, safety volunteer opportunities, fun giveaways, and more. The event also features the world premiere of San Mateo County’s brand new video on personal emergency preparedness, “ Get Ready San Mateo County,” followed by a free outdoor showing of the 1974 classic disaster movie, “Earthquake.”

  • Thursday, April 17th, 2008
    7:00 pm (“Get Ready San Mateo County” video premiere at 8:00; “Earthquake” movie at 8:30)
    Courthouse Square
    Downtown Redwood City (Broadway at Middlefield)

This free event is sponsored by the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Services (OES) in partnership with Redwood City and its Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department. Popcorn, hotdogs, and drinks will be available for purchase, so it’s perfect for a fun and very informative family evening in Downtown Redwood City. This event is sure to bring all participants closer to being better prepared for an emergency or disaster.

For more information on emergency preparedness programs in San Mateo County visit or call the Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Services at 650-363-4790. And, lots of emergency preparation information for families is available on Redwood City’s website.

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Lucas Wilder
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