Almanac

News - June 29, 2011

Portola Valley prepares for emergencies

In addition to considering the budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1, the Town Council in Portola Valley will devote some significant time to emergency preparedness a few minutes after 7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 29, in the Historic Schoolhouse at 765 Portola Road.

Scheduled to speak will be representatives from a Mill Valley emergency preparedness team, the Woodside Fire Protection District, and the town's Emergency Preparedness Committee.

Councilman Steve Toben arranged the presentation. "It looks like Mill Valley has done some serious work on evacuation planning," he told the Almanac. "I just thought it would be beneficial to cross-fertilize with them. They live in a part of the world that has similar features to where we live."

Mill Valley has conducted a "full dress" evacuation that included the evacuation of horses, Mr. Toben said. "We're progressing," he said, but "they're pretty sophisticated."

Go to tinyurl.com/MV-evac for a Youtube video on a Mill Valley evacuation.

In a recent discussion, the council discussed a need for new vigor in the Citizens Emergency Response and Preparedness Program, a group of volunteers who serve Portola Valley, Woodside and nearby unincorporated areas.

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