Disaster experts ask: RU Ready?

Peninsula disaster-preparedness experts are starting a series of classes Wednesday designed to help in survival efforts during an emergency.

If the Big One rattles the Peninsula, or another disaster hits, emergency officials will be unable to take care of everyone immediately, organizers of the RU Ready disaster-preparedness course said. As a result, residents must be prepared to survive the situation on their own, Hillsborough Emergency Preparedness Coordinator Bill Reilly said.

The two-hour course, sponsored by the Central County Fire Department, is the first of its kind and could lead to a bimonthly event in Burlingame and Hillsborough, Burlingame emergency preparedness Coordinator John Parkin said.

Interest in this area always peaks after events such as the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake and the recent Southern California wildfires, but it is always necessary to plan ahead for the unforeseeable, Parkin and Reilly said.

“You don’t want people running around with their hair on fire, but you do want people to continue to be interested in it,” Parkin said. “So don’t just have these plans sitting on your shelf.”

Preparing to survive for five days and compiling a list of personal necessities, such as medicines and foods, is of the upmost importance, Parkin said.

The class will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in Hillsborough Town Hall. Call (650) 558-7600 to RSVP.

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