EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS and NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH
Fire Resiliency in Woodside Hills
Every recent year has seen a more sever fire season than the year before. This has been true for several years now. Recently, PG&E has begun shutting down power to large sections of California, and some in Woodside, to avoid fire ignition on dry, hot, windy days.
At a meeting of the Town of Woodside's Emergency Preparedness Committee in 2019, the Fire Chief told the group that there are no small wildfires anymore. It used to be the case that a fire could be contained and quickly extinguished before it got large. Few got large. But now, as soon as they start they begin to grow quickly.
It is more important than ever that we work together as a community to make Woodside Hills as safe as possible. Please visit our Fire Resiliency page to learn how easy it is to make your home and property harder to burn.
Click here to visit the Woodside Hills Fire Resiliency page.
And be sure to attend one of the great online classes offered by WPV-Ready, the Emergency Preparedness program that operates throughout our fire district. There are upcoming classes in "Fire Resiliency in Your Neighborhood," and, "Basics of Personal and Neighborhood Emergency Preparedness." The Fire Resiliency class will take you through things that our Fire Marshals check for when they come out to do a fire risk assessment (which they will do for free if you call them).
Click here to visit the WPV-Ready Events page.
Woodside Hills will be a Firewise USA Site
The Firewise USA Site program is a way for us to organize fire risk assessments done throughout Woodside Hills, and do something effective about the results. These are the same risk assessments that the fire department does when you call and ask them to come look at your property. They are the same risk assessments you can learn about in the "Fire Resiliency in Your Neighborhood" classes at https://WPV-Ready.org/Events.
But once you organize the risks throughout a community, you know whether the real problem is dry grass, dead trees, or old shake roofs. And then we can start fixing problems community-wide by focusing on the worst risks first. Please join our discussion, and help us make Woodside Hills a Firewise USA Site this year.
Click here to visit the Woodside Hills Firewise USA Site Program page.
Seven Neighborhood Watch/Emergency Preparedness groups have been formed in Woodside Hills, each with its own coordinator. Each group’s area is shown on the Emergency Preparedness and Neighborhood Watch map. Click here to see the map. Our goal is to increase the safety and sense of community among our residents and to give us a meeting place and some basic supplies in case of disaster.
This does not entail actual patrolling or surveillance, but rather, knowing each other, remaining observant for activities that are out of the ordinary and contacting each other when such things occur.
These Neighborhood Watch programs include those who live on:
1. Brookwood/Hardwick/Lynn Way and Sheridan
2. Ridgeway/Crest/Cinnabar/Croyden and Cragmont
3. Wildwood and parts of Woodside Drive
4. 600-800 Woodside Drive
5. Kenmore and adjacent homes on Woodside Drive
6. 100-300 Woodside Drive, Maybury and Normandy Lane
7. Harcross, Oakford, Northridge and Summerhill
Whenever there is suspicious or criminal activity, everyone in these Neighborhood Watch groups gets the pertinent information so we can be alert and hopefully be able to best protect ourselves and our neighbors. San Mateo County Sheriff’s Deputies recommend the best safety measure is that neighbors get to know one another. Beyond that, they encourage residents to call them on the non-emergency number: 650-363-4911
Another important function of Neighborhood Watch Program is to get prepared for the aftermath of a disaster such as an earthquake or fire. Woodside Hills' representatives with the WPV-Ready program work with us to get our neighborhood prepared in case of a large-scale disaster. An Emergency Supply Container is available to each group after approval by WHHA Board.
Residents are encouraged to attend a six-week class in more advanced emergency response offered free by the WPV-CERT. You can find information about the class at http://WPV-CERT.org/Events.
We are hoping to add all neighbors to the appropriate group. If residents would like to have their name, phone number, email address and emergency contact information included in a database shared by others in your group, please contact WHHA Board Member Emerson "Chip" Swan by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or give him a call at (650) 382-7541. The coordinator will add you to a document that includes a map of the parcels of this Neighborhood Watch group with the name and phone number or email address of each member resident. This document is distributed to those participating. Each resident who participates agrees to keep this document only for internal use pertaining to the Emergency Preparedness / Neighborhood Watch program.
We hope you share our intent to keep this neighborhood friendly, safe and free of crime or threats to personal safety and will consider joining the NW/EP group on your street.
Neighborhood Watch/Emergency Preparedness Coordinators for Woodside Hills