2008 CERPP
Wildland Fire Exercise
Saturday, October 25th, 9am

Exercise Overview

By 9am your neighborhood has a distinct odor of smoke. Given the hot dry conditions, you're concerned, and begin to investigate. Neighbors contact each other. The CERPP radio network is activated. You learn that your neighborhood may be impacted by an approaching wildland fire.

The theme of this year's exercise is "Alerting and Information" The goal is for you to become familiar with the numerous methods you can use to initally be alerted to a fire in your neighborhood, even if you are away from home, and what methods you can use to get more information about the incident.

You begin to prepare your home and your family to evacuate. Here is a link to some of the things you may want to consider. You should continue to monitor the situation.

SMC Alert

SMC ALERT is an alert notification system used to immediately contact you during urgent or emergency situations with useful information and updates by sending text messages to your:

  • email accounts (home, work, school, etc.)
  • cell phones, pagers
  • Smartphones/handheld devices

To receive an alerts automatically, you will need to register with the system.

You can view recent alerts just by visiting the SMC Alert web page at www.smcalert.info


FireDispatch.com publishes live fire department emergencies as they are happening - in real-time, unedited, and long before they become "news". FireDispatch.com combines the latest web technologies including streaming audio and video, digital images, and dynamic mapping to virtually put you on scene with the firefighters. FireDispatch.com mirrors the real world, so content changes by the second, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week - you never know what will happen next.

Live dispatch status is available for all of San Mateo County as well as for the City of Palo Alto.

The CERPP Emergency Information Telephone Hotline
1-866-44CERPP or 1-866-442-3777

When an emergency situation in Portola Valley or Woodside becomes large enough to generate a significant number of inqueries for the public, the Towns, the Fire District, or CERPP can record a message with current and detailed information on the CERPP Hotline.

Need Help Planning
Your Neighborhood's Exercise?

If you are not sure how to make this an interesting and informative exercise for your neighborhood or division, we've compiled some ideas for you. We've also put together some suggestions for effective ways to get your neighbors interested and involved.

Ideas for Neighborhood Participation in a
Wildland Fire Exercise.