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Mar 01

Step 1 for disaster preparedness: Sign up for emergency alerts

Posted on March 1, 2021 at 8:31 pm by Clay Curtin

Each city in San Mateo County, including Menlo Park, partners with the San Mateo County Office of Emergency Services to use the San Mateo County Alert System (SMC Alert) for disaster and emergency notifications. Sign up at

The SMC Alert system offers community members the ability to register to receive public alerts about emergency events, instructions during natural disasters or critical events, weather warnings, crime warnings, major road closures, traffic issues and more. Once enrolled, subscribers can tailor the types of warnings they receive, along with specific jurisdictions or cities they are interested in receiving notifications.

City officials encourage all residents and employees working in our county to sign up to receive alerts from this countywide system. If you are already registered, please take the time to revisit and update your contact information, at least twice a year. Consider adding it to your preparedness to-do list just like changing your smoke detector batteries!

Register to receive emergency alerts at and choose “Register Now” or call the Office of Emergency Services at 650-363-4488 for recorded instructions about updating your SMC Alert account.