|Disaster Preparation / Preparación en Caso de Desastres|
Take Action Now to Prepare for Disaster It's important for your safety, the safety of your family, and the protection of your property
Prepare yourself, your family, and your home or business for potential disaster or emergency is everyone's responsibility. In the event of a major disaster, you can be sure that Half Moon Bay, San Mateo County, and other emergency services staff will be doing all they can to ensure the public safety, restore services, and return our community to normal.
But remember, disaster can strike quickly and without warning. It can force you to evacuate your neighborhood or "shelter in place" in your home. You and your family 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 make your family and your home safe is to be prepared before disaster strikes. Half Moon Bay urges everyone to be responsible for their own and their family's safety and emergency preparedness by taking the time now to plan for such a situation.
Know the risks in your area. Cal OES has a site which helps you see the risks in your area once you type in your address.
Note: for information specific to storms and flooding, please see Half Moon Bay's flood preparation page. All of the information below also applies to preparing for flood.
What You Can Do To Prepare For Disaster
1. Register for SMCAlert
2. Prepare an emergency/evacuation plan and discuss with your family
3. Prepare emergency supplies
4. Know how to disable utilities
What To Do During And After A Disaster
Evacuation Be ready to evacuate if directed by emergency personnel - the City/County may order optional or mandatory evacuations depending upon conditions. If evacuations are called for, it is imperative that you follow instructions of emergency personnel in the time frame noted.
Provide safe drinking water
In the Event of Flooding
Stay informed during and after a disaster
Check other radio stations for warning bulletins and any corresponding emergency instructions, including:
Also tune in to bay area television stations for further information.
Get More Preparation Information
Overview of Coastside Preparedness and Response Groups
CEAP - Coastside Emergency Action Program: CEAP is an organization that meets once a month, bringing together representatives from business, public safety, health care, and community support groups to discuss ways to integrate these different interests to work together to better help the Coastside during disasters. CEAP members are not activated to assist first responders unless they also belong to the CEC, which many do. The CEAP website is www.halfmoonbaychamber.org/ceap.
CERT - Community Emergency Response Team: CERT is a FEMA program designed to help citizens prepare for disaster, through training courses in the FEMA curriculum. CERT graduates are free to help neighbors prepare, but they are not automatically part of the CEC and therefore will typically not be activated to assist first responders during emergencies or participate in exercises. Visit the San Mateo County Office of Emergency Services web page for more information about CERT classes.