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Disaster Preparedness

CERPP Neighborhood Emergency Response Teams

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In the event of a widespread disaster (such as an earthquake), the emergency services are likely to be overwhelmed.  Our fire department - Woodside Fire Protection District (WFPD) - has developed a neighborhood self-help program called CERPP (Citizens Emergency Response and Preparedness Program).

The WFPD has been divided into 25 divisions, nine of which are in Portola Valley.  Several of the divisions are further subdivided into areas. Links to the divisions and volunteer leaders are listed below. These locations have communication radios, first aid kits, and trained volunteers to help neighbors in an emergency.

Report to your area or division leader if the following emergency circumstances apply:

  • Your phones do not work, or
  • You cannot get through to 911, or
  • 911 says they have no help to send.

The division and area leaders will have radio contact with the Town's Emergency Operations Center (EOC) located at the Town Center, which will, in turn, will have radio contact with the County and State.