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When disaster strikes, we come together to help each other. Getting prepared is about knowing your neighbors, saying hi to the regulars at the local market, and staying in touch with family and friends—both digitally and in person.

Preparedness is all about people.

Connect through your
digital networks.

In the event of an emergency, we all turn to our existing tools and networks—many of which are digital. Think about your connections and the online communities you’re already a part of, so you can share updates and information when something happens.

Sign up for

SMC ALERT is an alert notification system used to immediately contact you during urgent or emergency situations. You can set alerts to send emergency and non-emergency text and voice messages to your email accounts, cell phones, smart devices, voice messages to landline phones (home & work)

Meet your neighbors
on Nextdoor

Sign up for Nextdoor to meet your neighbors and create a community disaster preparedness plan.

In an emergency:
Log onto Nextdoor to share local information and resources with people who live near you.

Sign up
for Airbnb

Create an AirBnB profile so you are ready to find or share a place to stay if anything happens.

In an emergency:
Find a place to stay, or share your place with those in need.

Save documents
on Google Drive

Scan personal documents like your driver’s license, passport, and birth certificate. Save digital copies in the cloud through Google Drive.

In an emergency:
Access your documents remotely in case you can't get home. Know that there is a safe copy in the cloud.

  • Connect through your local networks

    Your neighborhood networks are important in an emergency too—consider the connections you already have—to your yoga studio, craft collective, spiritual groups, or friends in the neighborhood—so you can band together if something happens.

  • How to

    • My yoga class
    • My workplace
    • My bookclub
    • My neighborhood bar
    • My school
    • My congregation

Learn more from our partners.

To get even better prepared as a household, neighborhood, or community, connect with these organizations.

American Red Cross, Bay Area Chapter

American Red Cross, Bay Area Chapter provides a variety of trainings including first aid, CPR, and how to prepare for emergencies.
CERT Program preamble

CERT educates individuals about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations.
The San Mateo County Sheriff’s Homeland Security Division

The San Mateo County Sheriff’s Homeland Security Division works daily around the clock by air, land and sea to prepare and protect our residents from a range of threats.
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