What You Can Do to Prepare for Disaster

Register for SMCAlert

SMCAlert will help you stay informed with immediate information by signing up to receive emergency alerts via text, phone, or email from the San Mateo County Office of Emergency Services.

Prepare an Emergency/Evacuation Plan & Discuss With Your Family

Learn the safest route to high, safe ground if you have to evacuate in a hurry. Decide on a place where your family can meet during and after a disaster strikes.

Prepare Emergency Supplies

Experts say that families need to be prepared to be self-reliant (that is, able to get along without any outside services or assistance) for 72 hours. Ideally prepare for full seven days.

Supply Information   

Know How to Disable Utilities

Learn how to shut off your gas from the Gas Safety Tips page. If you smell natural gas, see downed power lines, or suspect another power-related emergency situation, call 9-1-1 and then call PG&E at 800-743-5000. Never touch a downed power line. Do not touch any electrical equipment




  1. Carlo Wei

    Management Analyst
    Phone: 650-726-8256

  2. Chad Woodburn

    Coastside Emergency Coordinator
    Phone: 650-726-4069