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Thursday: Atherton prepares for emergency

'Get Ready Atherton' preparedness event is from 6-8 p.m. in Holbrook-Palmer Park

It's emergency preparedness made easy. Atherton will hold a "Get Ready Atherton" event Thursday, March 26, in Holbrook-Palmer Park to give residents "one-stop shopping" for information, supplies and answers to their questions about emergency preparedness.

Theresa DellaSanta, city clerk and assistant to the city manager, who has been coordinating the event, said residents "need to know that the first to respond for help in the event of a major disaster, particularly in Atherton, will likely be a family member or a neighbor -- not the police or fire department. Being prepared and being informed is your best insurance policy to protecting yourself and your family."

The event officially begins at 6 p.m., but the California Highway Patrol will land a helicopter on the park's baseball field at Holbrook-Palmer Park at 5:30 p.m.

A Red Cross emergency vehicle, the county's Office of Emergency Services command van, disaster supply trailers, a fire engine and Calwater emergency vehicles will also be on hand.

Brad Aagaard from the U.S. Geological Survey will discuss the San Andreas fault and explain where Atherton's most vulnerable areas are.

Other guests include the Atherton Disaster and Preparedness Team (ADAPT), disaster prep representatives from each of 16 Atherton neighborhoods who will be ready to sign up their neighbors, representatives from Atherton town government and staff, the Menlo Park Fire Protection District, CalWater, PG&E, Red Cross, CHP, California Earthquake Authority, Peterson Power Systems and USGS.

Emergency supplies will be available for purchase from ACE Hardware, Redwood Trading Post, Big 5, Pharmaca, Earth Shakes and Wise Company.

Those attending will receive a free "Get Ready Atherton" tote bag with emergency supplies and raffle tickets for more emergency supplies.

Dinner will be available for purchase from a food truck.

"Attending this event will help educate and prepare you and your families for a major disaster," Ms. DellaSanta said.

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