The City of San Mateo is proud to again partner with the San Mateo United Homeowners Association on the March “Be Ready, Be Safe, Be Involved” Campaign. San Mateo’s Neighborhood Watch (Police) and Community Emergency Response Team (‘CERT’ – Fire) join together with our neighborhood leaders to reinforce the partnerships and programs that play a vital role in keeping neighborhoods safe, helping residents prepare for and respond to disasters, and encourage community involvement across San Mateo.
The San Mateo Police Department’s Neighborhood Watch program emphasizes neighbors key role in safety by being observant in their community and being SMPD’s “eyes and ears” on the street. Neighborhood Watch groups work with SMPD and share information to help stop and solve crime. The San Mateo Fire Department’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) is a certification program that provides valuable safety training to members of our community, so that they can take action and help supplement emergency response resources in the event of a disaster or other large emergency.
Our Neighborhood Associations, along with our public safety-oriented Neighborhood Watch and CERT participants, make up a large part of the growing City of San Mateo Volunteer contingent – Citywide volunteers dedicated themselves to 81,539 hours of service in 2012, valued at over $1.7 million. This dedication to volunteerism in the name of public safety inspired the League of California Cities to bestow upon the City of San Mateo the 2012 Helen Putnam Award for Public Safety Excellence – “…a significant accomplishment!” said San Mateo City Manager Susan Loftus, “This award-winning community collaboration campaign is an example of our long-standing commitment to community involvement and engagement. The City’s partnership with our Homeowners and Neighborhood Associations helps ensure our growth in readiness, safety, and involvement of San Mateo residents.”
San Mateo Mayor David Lim added “One of the things that make the City of San Mateo a great place is our sense of community. Helping each other through our Neighborhood Associations, Neighborhood Watch and CERT is a great example of San Mateans’ commitment to making this the safest of places to live, work, learn, and shop.”
The City of San Mateo encourages you to join us for the upcoming City Council Meeting on Monday, March 4th at 7pm, when Citywide Volunteerism efforts including Neighborhood Watch, CERT, and SMUHA will be honored by the Council.
On March 12th at about 5:15pm, representatives from San Mateo’s Police and Fire Departments, Neighborhood Watch, CERT, SMUHA, and Citywide Volunteerism will also be gathering for a photo opportunity and will be available for any media in front of the San Mateo Police Department at 200 Franklin Parkway in San Mateo.
The City will be launching an online campaign starting March 1st. Look for multimedia information at the City’s website http://www.cityofsanmateo.org , http://www.nextdoor.com, twitter, Facebook , and on San Mateo TV. Displays will also be up in the Walgreens window downtown on Third Ave., and the “Be Ready, Be Safe, Be Involved” banner will be hanging over San Mateo Drive between Third and Fourth Avenues.
City of San Mateo website: http://www.cityofsanmateo.org/index.aspx?nid=2265