POLICE EMERGENCY NUMBERS
You can also call regular 911 from a landline phone, but if you call 911 from a cell phone you will get routed to the Sacramento CHP offices and there will likely be a delay in getting through to local police or emergency services. The 363-4911 phone number is the number for the dispatch of the San Mateo County law enforcement unit that responds to problems in Palomar Park. Calling that number directly gets you straight to them - avoiding the step of going first through the state CHP.
POLICE NON-EMERGENCY NUMBERS
For non emergency questions for to report any suspicious activity/vehicles etc. in Palomar Park you should call the same local dispatch number: 363-4911
We all are urged to contact the Sheriff's office (363-4911) if we have ANY concerns about anything in Palomar Park that may be at all out of the ordinary. Their advice to us is to call without hesitation and let them decide what actions to take. In the past even simple calls about cars driving at odd hours or lurking in driveways - seemingly trivial occurrences - has led to apprehension of criminals who have been victimizing local neighborhoods.
For general questions, our primary contact for Palomar Park is Walter (Wally) Rosalez. You may reach him directly at: 257-3403 extension 4. You can also reach him via his email of firstname.lastname@example.org. Contact him or dispatch (363-4911) if we have ANY concerns about anything in Palomar Park that may be at all out of the ordinary. The Sheriff's office advice to us is to call without hesitation and let them and law enforcement decide what actions to take. In the past even simple calls about cars driving at odd hours or lurking in driveways - seemingly trivial occurrences - has led to apprehension of criminals who have been victimizing local neighborhoods.
SAN MATEO COUNTY ALERT SYSTEM
You can help yourself be more informed by subscribing (opt-in for text message or emails) to the San Mateo County Alert system (SMC Alerts). You can create or update your account (profile, devices, or unsubscribe, etc.) at http://www.smcalert.info on the web. The system is administrated by the Office of Emergency Services, 400 County Center, Redwood City, CA 94063 650.363.4000
SAN MATEO COUNTY SHERIFF
Direct dispatch for our law enforcement is 363-4911 and is the most efficient way to contact them.
FIRE EMERGENCY EVACUATION:
• Citizens may be notified by emergency personnel if evacuation is necessary, or by a phone call from the San Mateo
County Office of Emergency Services & Homeland Security (Reverse 911 System)
• Safely make your way out of the area using the pre-designated exit routes, or as directed by emergency personnel.
• If evacuations are ordered, an evacuation center will be setup.
Proceed to: St. Matthias Catholic Church, 1685 Cordilleras Rd
• If evacuated, contact the Red Cross, or an emergency worker at the evacuation center to provide information about your
status so that family or friends can be informed. American Red Cross # 415.427.8000
• After an area has been evacuated, the area will remain closed until the threat has passed.
There are four exit routes:
Exit Routes: 1 2 3 4
1. Palomar Drive to Scenic Drive
2. Loma Road, through the gate, left on La Mesa to Crestview Dr ***Foot Traffic Only***
3. Palomar Drive, through the gate on to Pebble Drive, left on La Mesa to Crestview Dr.
4. South Palomar Drive to Cervantes Road to Edgewood Road
See the Palomar Park Fire Evacuation Plan page for details and a pictorial map of evacuation routes.
The current drought conditions put Palomar Park at an usually high fire risk. High temperatures and low relative humidity are prime conditions for very high fire danger. Please use extra caution with all outdoor activities such as weed whacking, mowing, construction, cigarette disposal, barbequing, etc. and most particularly during hot spells.
FIRE UPDATE: Recently in May a charcoal BBQ re-ignited in the early AM hours due to warm and windy weather conditions and a coal escaped and caused a fire to start. Fortunately, nearby residents were alerted by smoke and called the fire department (363-4911 gives the Sheriff). The quick response of the fire department put the fire out before it spread beyond the single property. Make certain any BBQ coals are completely extinguished - soaking liberally with water.
FIRE PREVENTION IN PALOMAR PARK
Find fire prevention and drought info at the Palomar Park Fire and Drought page for details.
Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG)
Website Home: www.abag.ca.gov
This site has earthquake and liquefaction maps. It also provides tips for preparing your business and home for an earthquake, and for driving after a disaster.
American Red Cross - Are you ready for an earthquake? (Aug, 1998)
Website Home: www.redcross.org
This flyer shows you how to prepare for an earthquake. Included is a checklist for preparing for an earthquake.
California Earthquake Authority
Website Home: www.earthquakeauthority.com
The California Earthquake Authority (CEA) is a privately financed, publicly Managed entity that offers residential earthquake insurance to California homeowners, renters,
condominium owners and mobile home owners.
California Governor's Office of Emergency Services - Earthquake Preparedness Tip Sheets
Website Home: www.oes.ca.gov
This site has several tip sheets describing how to prepare for an earthquake. There also are tip sheets in Spanish.
California Seismic Safety Commission
Website Home: www.seismic.ca.gov
The Homeowner's Guide to Earthquake Safety, 2005 is available online along with other earthquake preparation resources.
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
Website Home: www.fema.gov
This is a treasure trove of information. This site contains information regarding earthquake preparation, safety and action items.
Los Angeles City Fire Department – The earthquake Preparedness Handbook, c1997
Website Home: www.lafd.org
This handbook will help you prepare and maintain your readiness for an upcoming earthquake. A text-only version of the handbook is available for easy printing.
San Francisco Office of Emergency Services
Website Home: www.72hours.org
This valuable source of information will help prepare your family for a wide variety of potential emergencies. Includes a guide for developing a plan to survive the first 72 hours following a major disaster - when communications are disrupted and emergency responders may be too busy to assist you; also offers suggestions for assembling an emergency supply kit and "go-bag".
San Mateo Health Department - Pocket Guide to Emergency Preparedness
Website Home: www.smhealth.org
A compact quick reference tool to help prepare for and respond to emergencies; includes phone numbers of local San Mateo County public health and safety organizations
United States Geological Survey (USGS) - Earthquake Preparedness and Response
Website Home: earthquake.usgs.gov
This site has links to earthquake preparedness websites and publications available online. The sites are primarily from government agencies and non-profit organizations.