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San Bruno Fire Department Emergency Preparedness


Public Safety Power Shutoff?

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What can I do to prepare for a Public Safety Power Shutoff?

The effects of climate change are making California’s wildfire season longer and more intense, threatening our homes, our lives and our economy. That’s why it is important to prepare an emergency plan in advance in the event your family is affected by a power shutoff – or any other emergency.
  • Have a personal safety plan in place for every member of your household (including pets).
  • Plan for any medical needs like medications that need to be refrigerated or devices that require power.
  • Build or restock your emergency supply kit, including food, water, flashlights, a radio, fresh batteries, first aid supplies and cash.
  • Identify backup charging methods for phones.
  • Learn how to manually open your garage door.
  • If you own a backup generator, ensure it is ready to safely operate.
  • To learn more ways to prepare, download our fact sheet.



The likelihood that you and your family will recover from an emergency tomorrow often depends on the planning and preparation done today. There are several steps that citizens of San Bruno can do to be prepared for the next disaster or emergency. These steps include the following:

Get a Kit of emergency supplies that will last up to three days per family member. Don’t forget your pets!  (see below link for additional details)

Make a Plan to include family communications, shelter-in-place and evacuation. (see links below for additional info)

Be Informed, visit and sign up for emergency notifications from SMC Alert.

Get involved, sign up for one of our CERT courses, and learn how to save a life at one of our CPR classes.


The following materials will aid you and your family in preparing for the next unexpected event

This Emergency Preparation Checklist provides a great general guideline for things to do before the next disaster occurs.

This Family Disaster Plan publication provides a guide for your family before and after the next disaster occurs.

This publication lists what should be in your Family Disaster Kit.

This Food and Water list provides a good guide on how to store, use and maintain food and water for an emergency.

This publication developed by the USGS and the Red Cross has a great collection of information for preparing and dealing with the special hazards of living in Earthquake country.  This publication titled Putting Down Roots in Earthquake Country (Spanish) (Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean) is developed specifically for the Bay Area Region.

How to Duck Cover and Hold

This info is about how and when to Shelter in Place.

This publication has helpful information on how to deal with the aftermath of a Transportation Disaster such as an aviation disaster.

Being part of a major metropolitan region brings the unfortunate risk of Terrorism.  This Terrorism publication has info on how to prepare and deal with a Terrorist disaster.

Useful tips for helping the disabled

San Mateo County Ready


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SMC Ready

San Mateo County Alert

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