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Does MP have an emergency warning system?

Original post made by Kathy, Menlo Park: South of Seminary/Vintage Oaks, on Apr 8, 2007

Yesterday, the huge scrap yard fire in Redwood City filled our community with stinky black smoke. Regardless of whether this smoke is toxic (as pondered by some news outlets), clearly breathing such smoke isn't healthy.

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Posted by Concerned
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Apr 9, 2007 at 9:42 am

I am also concerned that there is no warning system in Menlo Park. It was difficult to find information about the toxic smoke on Saturday. Minimally Menlo Park should have a website where residents could find official information, in addition to the email notiification system to alert residents. The Almanac Online could also be a good resource. On Saturday I found KCBS radio and had the most current information.

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Posted by ResearchBeforeSpewing
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Apr 9, 2007 at 5:46 pm

Kathy, Concerned,

As Kathy noted in her post, the Menlo Park email system is for "updates on events, news, projects, and more." It is NOT an ALERT system for EMERGENCIES.

Seeing as we also live in San Mateo County, you should sign up for EMERGENCY ALERTS (Email and/or text to your phone) for cities in San Mateo County here: Web Link

There are links from that site for those that live in SF and Marin Counties also.

I received 2 emails on my computer and 2 text alerts on my phone last Saturday all pertaining to the Redwood City fire.

Unfortunately Kathy, not everyone that lives around us owns computers and cell phones, so the Police "staff and fuel costs" ARE a necessity, and most likely reached more people than the SMC Alert system.

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Posted by Kathy
a resident of Menlo Park: South of Seminary/Vintage Oaks
on Apr 11, 2007 at 10:43 am


Thanks for the link to the County's alert systems. I'm glad to know they were on top of the Redwood City fire situation.

It's true that MP's email system doesn't promise to send emergency alerts - though you might expect this to fit under the "and more" category.

Still, I haven't received a single email of ANY KIND through this system. Is it being used for anything?