Fire Preparedness Information
Town Staff is developing a program for an upcoming event to discuss fire safety issues. We will be announcing the event shortly, so please be on the lookout for an invitation to participate in the coming weeks.
In the interim, there is much you can do to prepare your family, home and property should there be a fire:
- Get to know your neighborhood CERPP leader. CERPP stands for Citizens Emergency Response Preparedness Program and is designed to promote community based disaster preparedness and response in the Woodside Fire Protection District.
- In the event of a fire emergency, the Woodside Fire Protection District will be the first to issue an alert to residents. WFPD will use SMCAlert to send out a notification through email to smart phones and tablets, and voice messages to landline phones and cell phones. I encourage you to sign up!
- The current notification system works like this - once WFPD sends out an alert, they will not update the message unless conditions change. I hope that provides some level of comfort to those who may have expected more messaging. You can be confident that even if a message is older, it is the best information available. And you can always go to FireDispatch.com to check on current incidents.
WFPD is working directly with those departments that fought the fires in Napa and Sonoma Counties to see if there are improvements to the notification process that can be added to the District’s communication.
- If you are concerned about tree limbs on or near power lines, please call PG&E at 1-800-PGE-5000. PG&E regularly inspects lines in the right-of-way, but may not be able to see power lines on your property. And remember, the black cables lower on a pole are telecommunication lines (not electric lines) and they do not pose a fire danger; you should be looking at the thinner lines near the top of the pole.
- CalFire provides helpful tips and information for residents on fire safety and preparedness; the Town’s website also provides useful preparedness information. You can also learn about creating defensible space around your home here.
- Please consider attending the Town’s Emergency Preparedness Committee meetings, and adding your voice to the conversation.