Are you ready? Disaster Preparedness Day is Saturday, July 30

Redwood City – Wildfires, tsunamis, earthquakes and, of course, the COVID-19 pandemic remind us that the best time to prepare your family for disaster is as soon as possible.

And the most immediate as soon as possible is the 18the Annual Disaster Preparedness Day this Saturday, July 30, 2022 at the San Mateo County Event Center.

This family event (the aim is to inform, not scare) offers demonstrations on first aid and how to prepare an economical emergency kit. Free admission, free parking and free hot dogs included.

“Disaster preparedness is one of the things I’m passionate about. The more we can prepare and plan, the better off we will all be,” said San Mateo County Supervisor Carole Groom.

Look for demonstrations from local fire departments and community emergency response teams, better known as CERTs. These volunteers help prepare their neighbors for the unexpected and can help first responders respond to disasters.

Kids can sit in a real helicopter, get up close to search and rescue team horses and meet firefighters.

Adults can speak with representatives from a host of organizations and community partners. These include organizations with specialist skills ranging from helping people with special needs to healthcare and animal care. Traders will also be present.

Doors open at 10:00 a.m. at the Saratoga Drive entrance to the Event Center, 1346 Saratoga Drive, San Mateo.

For a calendar of events and more information, go to smcdisasterprep.org or call the Supervisor Groom’s Office at 650-363-4568.