FIRE EXERCISE – This Saturday, May 16

May 15, 2015

The Woodside Fire Protection District (WFPD) is hosting a Wildland Fire Exercise in Woodside on Saturday May 16th from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. Old La Honda Road will be closed to through traffic and limited to residents from approximately 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The drill will include a voluntary evacuation for residents of Old La Honda Rd. Firefighter crews will stage at Lawler Ranch Road and simulate wildland firefighting operations in the neighborhoods along Old La Honda Road. The Town of Woodside and WFPD will notify residents during the drill using SMC Alert and an automated emergency telephone messaging system “Rapid Notify.” The San Mateo County Office of Emergency Services will also be participating. You can sign up for for SMC Alert to receive emergency notifications here or contact: Selena Brown, Woodside Fire via email or call her at (650) 423-1406.

Citizens Emergency Response Preparedness Program (CERPP) gives good advice on preparing for the drill as well as for a real emergency. Go to the CERPP website.

1. Review & update your family emergency plan with all family members.

2. Plan ahead what you will take. Have packs ready?

3. If there is time blow leaves & debris from roof, gutters, decks. Remove combustible material away from your home. Close windows & doors, garden hoses should be connected, hose down any embers in your yard, deck or roof.

4. Know how & when to turn off: Electricity, Water & Gas.

We thank both WFPD and the CERPP for the important work that they do.

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