Spring, 2024

Highlands C.E.R.T.

What do you do? Where do you go?

The goal of the Highlands Community Emergency Response Team (C.E.R.T.) is to train Highlands residents, and other community individuals, in emergency preparedness and basic disaster response techniques. Each plays a critical role in providing support to emergency service personnel in the event of a disaster.

California seems forever susceptible to wildfires, earthquakes, heat waves, and power shutoffs. It can seem overwhelming, but you can be ready!

PG&E Wildfire Safety Webinar

Tuesday, April 16 at 5:30 – 6:30pm

Join by calling: 800-369-1776

Conference ID: 8077600

Join PG&E and your CERT community to:

 Learn about our wildfire safety efforts and progress in your community

 Hear about resources available to support you

 Connect with your local PG&E leaders, including Regional Vice President, Joshua Simes

The website will also show you:

 How to prepare an emergency kit in 6 easy steps

 How to create your own emergency plan

 A guide to emergency preparedness for people with disabilities

 How to keep yourself safe from a gas leak

 How to find local resources and support with 211

 About the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning

For more information on how you and your family can plan for and stay safe during an

emergency, please visit safetyactioncenter.pge.com

Upcoming Trainings…

JOIN US! San Mateo Highlands C.E.R.T. is offering a free Basic Training Disaster

Readiness workshop, from at Cal Fire Station 17 located at 320

Paul Scannell Drive in San Mateo. ALL ARE WELCOME!

New training dates coming soon......

Emergency Go-Bag

What items would you take with you if you had to evacuate your home quickly? A grab-

and-go bag is a small emergency kit that is easy to take with you, in case you need to

leave right away. Here is just a sample checklist to get you started:

  • Flashlight and batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Whistle
  • Poncho/Mylar blanket
  • Food/Water
  • Hand sanitizer/Alcohol wipes
  • Face masks
  • Personal medications
  • Spare glasses
  • Toiletries/Toilet paper
  • Pen and paper
  • Copies of important papers
  • Small multipurpose tool
  • Cash (small bills)
  • Emergency contact information
  • Change of clothing/shoes

Remember, when it happens, you won’t have time to think about it. Are you ready?

Self-Preparedness Resources

Feel free to access/print these guides for more emergency information:   

 Disaster Ready Guide.pdf

SMC Emergency Phone numbers.pdf


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