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The following are North County Fire Authority Media Releases that pertain to Brisbane as of June 2012.  For a complete list, see their Media Releases Page.

10-13-16: Second Alarm Structure Fire
12-26-15: Structure Fire
12-26-14: Structure Fire
09-08-14: Grass Fire
02-09-14: Vehicle into a Structure with a Gas Line Rupture
04-20-13: Second Alarm Grass Fire
04-12-13: Second Alarm Structure Fire
06-11-12: Vegetation Fire
06-02-12: Vegetation fire on Border of Brisbane, SSF, and San Bruno Mtn.

Archived OES News

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May 2010 4th Annual Wildland Fire Evacuation Drill

North County Fire Authority (NCFA) and Brisbane Office of Emergency Services will simulate an ordered evacuation of Sierra Point Road residents (between Humboldt Road and San Benito Road) on Saturday May 22nd, 2010 starting at 9am. Evacuation of Sierra Point Residents is completely voluntary, but your participation will help improve Brisbane's safety preparations. Although we are only evacuating residents on Sierra Point Road, all Brisbane residents are welcome to participate. Starting at approximately 9am, Police will start the evacuation of Sierra Point Residents using loud speakers. Listen for the evacuation order and head to either the Sierra Point Yacht club (if you choose to evacuate by car) or to the Community Park (if you choose to evacuate on foot) to be checked in at the Residential Assembly Point.

October 2009       Flu Season Starts Oct 1st                         

October 1st starts the beginning of flu season and this year flu season is much more complex than other years with the arrival of the H1N1 (swine) flu. It is more important than ever to stay informed and take steps to help lessen the effects of the flu in our community. There are three steps you can take to help prevent yourself and others from getting the regular (seasonal) flu or H1N1 (swine) flu. 

  • Get a flu shot
  • Wash your hands often
  • Avoid contact with sick people 

There are things you can do to protect yourself and others from the flu by reading the “What’s New with the Flu” brochure from the San Mateo County Health Department. 

September 2009  6th Annual National Preparedness Month

September is National Preparedness Month and this year the 5th Annual San Mateo County Disaster Preparedness Day, Visiting the Public Safety Pavilion at the Brisbane Day in the Park on October 3rd, visiting our Disaster Preparedness Section, and/or simply purchasing an Emergency Preparedness Kit from City Hall. Remember, each month OES will publish a tip of the month to help you with Emergency Preparedness tips.  

May 2009              3rd Annual Wildland Fire Evacuation Drill 

North County Fire Authority (NCFA) and the City's Office of Emergency Services (OES) will simulate an ordered evacuation of Humboldt Road Residents (between Solano Road and Glen Park Way) starting at 9AM on Saturday May 16, 2009. Participation is completely voluntary and if you choose to participate, please follow the directions of the public safety personnel and drive to the Residential Assembly Point located near the Sierra Point Yacht Club at the Sierra Point Marina. Should you need to evacuate on foot, there will be an assembly point at the Community Park, along with transportation to the Residential Assembly Point at the Marina.

April 2009  Swine Flu Information

The human swine flu outbreak continues to grow in the United States and internationally. According to Centers for Disease Control (CDC), as of April 28 there have been 64 laboratory confirmed cases in the United States; 11 of which, San Mateo County Office of Emergency Services (SMC OES) reports, are in California. There have been no reported cases in the Bay Area or San Mateo County. SMC OES is working closely with the State and CDC, along with neighboring counties to slow the spread of the swine flu. The presentation of the swine flu is very similar to regular seasonal flu (fever, sore throat, cough, congestion, and muscle aches). We must all continue to take the same preventative measures we took during this past seasonal flu 


  • Cover your nose and mouth with tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it. Cough or sneeze into your elbow instead of your hands.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol based hand cleaners are also effective.
  • Avoid touching your nose and mouth. Germs spread that way.
  • Try to avoid contact with sick people. Influenza in spread mainly person-to-person through coughing or sneezing of infected people.
  • Stay home when you are sick or wear a mask when out in public.

For more up-to-date information on the swine flu you can check the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website and/or by visiting San Mateo County Health Department's website.

April is Earthquake Preparedness Month

This month's devastating earthquake in Italy, along with the earthquake we encountered here in the Bay Area in March, reminds us of the importance of being prepared for an earthquake here in Brisbane. Are you prepared if we had an earthquake tomorrow? Visit our news section and learn about getting a kit and making a plan. You can also visit our specific disaster section and learn about earthquake safety. Here are 10 simple things to think about when preparing for an earthquake:

  •  Have an Emergency Preparedness Kit in your home, car, and at work.
  • Decide where your family will reunite if separated.
  • Keep a list of emergency telephone numbers.
  • Choose an out of area contact person for your family to report their whereabouts and conditions to. It may be easier to contact an out of area person than it would be to contact a local person if phone lines are busy or down.
  • Learn how to shut off gas, water, and electricity in case lines are damaged.
  • Keep breakable heavy objects on lower shelves.
  • Secure your water heater and appliances that could move.
  • Learn the safe spots in your home; under sturdy tables, desks, or against inside walls.
  • Learn the danger spots in your home; windows, mirrors, hanging objects, fire places, and tall furniture.
  • Conduct practice drills. Practice "Drop, Cover, and Hold On" and physically place your and your family in safe locations. Put your family plan to the test and make sure it works for your family. If not, make necessary adjustments.

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March 2009 Earthquake shakes Bay Area

A moderate earthquake shook Northern California today, March 30, at 10:40am. The U.S. Geological Survey said the earthquake measured a magnitude of 4.3 and centered 11 miles north of the City of Morgan Hill and 16 miles east-southeast of San Jose City Hall. Please read the News Release from San Mateo County OES on Practical Emergency Survival Tips

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October 2008

Flu Season Begins October 1st 

October 1st marks the beginning of another flu season. The best prevention of spreading the flu is frequent hand washing. Also avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth and avoid contact with people who are sick. Always cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing and place your tissue in the trash. View the checklist from the San Mateo County Health Department on things you can do to protect yourself and others from the flu. 

Office of Emergency Services will be at "Day in the Park"

Brisbane Office of Emergency Services will be participating at this years Day in the Park. We will be teaming with Brisbane Police Department, North County Fire Authority, Brisbane Community Emergency Volunteers, Red Cross, and San Mateo County Office of Emergency Services to provide information about Emergency Preparedness. Come to the Community Park in Brisbane October 4th 10am-5pm.

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September 2008

September is National Preparedness Month

This September marks the 5th annual San Mateo County Disaster Preparedness Day Fair, City of Brisbane's Office of Emergency Services National Preparedness Month Presentation on September 24th at Mission Blue, purchasing Emergency Preparedness Kits from City Hall, and visiting the City of Brisbane's Office of Emergency Services webpage to learn how to prepare yourself for possible disasters. You can also view the following four 5 minute instructional video's on emergency preparedness:

Ready America's Instructional Video

Ready Older American's

Ready Pet's Video

Ready American's with Disabilities

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August 2008 

Learning to be your Own Best Defense in a Disaster

How prepared are you for an emergency? Whether it's taking part in a fire drill, listening to the flight attendant's safety talk, or putting together an emergency preparedness kit, there are several simple steps we can all take to improve our odds in an emergency.

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June 2008 

Due to the recent Quarry Road fire on San Bruno Mountain, City Staff and Public Safety Personnel will hold a Community Incident Debrief at 9am on Saturday June 28, 2008 at the Sierra Point Marina; 500 Sierra Point Parkway (west of Sierra Point Yacht Club). All members of the community are requested to participate. Lowes Home Improvement will be present to educate residents on California Native Drought Tolerant Fire Safe Plants and their use in creating defensible space.  

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April 2008 

California Earthquake Preparedness Month

During the month of April, which is Earthquake Preparedness Month, The Office of Emergency Services, would like to encourage organizations, individuals, and families to have a disaster plan in place. Visit our Disaster Preparedness Section to learn more about creating a disaster plan and our Specific Disaster Section to learn about preparing for an Earthquake. Along with The Red Cross, we recommend that everyone have an Emergency Preparedness Kit at home, in your car, and at your work and office.

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January 2008 

Resolve to be Ready in 2008

To assist with its theme of preparedness in 2008, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security now has four 3-5 minute instructional videos available for viewing on its website: Older Americans, Ready Pets, Americans with Disabilities, and Ready America.

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October 2007 

Flu Season Begins

October 1st is the start of flu season and lasts until Spring Time. The best prevention is frequent hand-washing. Take a few minutes to learn how to properly wash your hands to help prevent the spread of the flu at home and work. Click here to view the San Mateo County Public Health Department's influenza preparedness guide

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September 2007 

National Preparedness Month

National Preparedness Month is a nationwide effort to encourage Americans to take simple steps to prepare for emergencies. Throughout September, The Office of Emergency Services is encouraging organizations, individuals, and families to prepare themselves by attending events such as the San Mateo County Disaster Preparedness Day Fair, purchasing Emergency Preparedness Kits from City Hall, and visiting the City of Brisbane's Office of Emergency Services webpage to learn how to prepare yourself for possible threats.

Disaster Preparedness Day

3rd Annual San Mateo County Disaster Preparedness Day is September 29, 2007, 10am - 2 pm, at the SMC Event Center. Survival Do's and Don'ts, First-Aid, Police, Fire, School-Site Emergency Plans & Emergency Equipment Demonstrations. Fire, Earthquake, Flood, Terrorism - Is Your Family Ready? Free gifts for the first 1,200 families!!

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July 2007

 Wildland Fire Evacuation Drill

The City of Brisbane's Fire Department and Office of Emergency Services will be simulating an ordered evacuation of Kings Road residents on July 28th, 2007 from 9am - noon. Participation is completely voluntary but we do encourage you to participate. Look for your "Operation Wildfire" brochure in the mail.

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June 2007

Disturbing News

A recent article in Government Technology's publication, Emergency Management, reported that only 7% of the population has taken the three steps the Red Cross considers necessary to be prepared for an emergency: 
get a kit, make a plan, and be informed.

Some more surprising results from this poll of 2,500 respondents:

- 90% of Americans who have a disaster kit feel prepared. Yet only 28% actually have a kit.

- 60% of American households have a pet, yet only 37% have a plan for their pets during a disaster.

So, knowing all this, what can you do?

Please take the time to prepare your family for the disaster we can only hope never arrives.  Remember, Red Cross 3-Day Emergency Preparedness Kits are available for purchase at a discounted rate to Brisbane citizens and employees of Brisbane businesses.  Just stop on by City Hall!

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April 2007

Earthquake Preparedness Month

For more information on how to prepare yourself and your family in the event of an earthquake, please visit any or all of the first 6 sites listed under
"Useful Links."

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January 2007

Cold Weather News Release from the State OES

Take action to protect yourself and your family against severe cold and freezing temperatures, set to drop into the 20s and 30s Weds. & Thurs., 1/10-1/11. 

See the Emergency Supplies Checklist below for more tips:
Emergency Supplies Checklist (State OES) 

Community Emergency Volunteers (CEV) Brochure

Wondering how you can better serve your community in the New Year? Well, if you would like to participate in raising community awareness of emergency responses, update your training in areas of emergency operations and management, or become certified in CPR and Standard First Aid, amongst many other value-adding activities, then you might just want to contact the Brisbane Fire Department about becoming a CEV! (415) 468-7190.

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December 2006

Preparing for a Pandemic Flu

If you would like more information about what you can do to stop the flu this season, visit the San Mateo County Health Department's website.

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November 2006

Winter Storm Preparedness Tips 

For more information about winter storm preparedness, visit FEMA's website.

Adopt-A-Drain Information 

Give a hand and help to maintain one of the 400+ inlets in Brisbane!

** City residents may pick up sandbags free of charge at the City Hall parking lot, 50 Park Place.**

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Archived OES Tips

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May 2010

With Fire Season approaching our tip of the Month for May is to participate in our 4th Annual Wildland Fire Evacuation Drill.  Participation will improve Brisbane's safety preparations in two ways. First, you will learn the City's evacuation and assembly plan for residents, which may prove to be life-saving information in case of a real emergency. Second, your voluntary evacuation will provide public safety personnel the real-world challenges of directing outbound residential traffic and inbound fire protection equipment. This is also an opportunity to test your own personal evacuation plan and family reunification plan which may also prove to be life-saving during a real emergency.

March 2010

This month's tip of the month is to sign up for SMC Alert. SMC Alert is San Mateo County's Community Alert Notification System that is used to immediately contact you during urgent or emergency situations with useful information and updates by sending text messages to your email (home and/or work), cell phones, pagers, and/or smartphones/handheld devices. When registering for SMC Alert you will have the option to pick which city or town you would like to receive alerts for - make sure you click Brisbane! To register simply go to

January 2010

As we review the earthquake devastation in Haiti and extend our heartfelt wishes for a speedy recovery from their suffering, the city suggests that each of its citizens review their individual disaster preparedness plans, and we specifically ask you to complete the Residential Survey Form so that we will be better able to assist you if a disaster happens. 

December 2009

As we approach the end of 2009, we would like to remind everyone to make Emergency Preparedness part of your New Year's resolutions.  We would like to help make your Emergency Preparedness New Years Resolutions a reality by providing important information and tools to help you succeed. Our tips for 2009 include Getting a Kit, Making a Plan, and Being Informed about potential disasters in our area. Being informed about the potential disasters you may encounter is the beginning step to understanding Emergency Preparedness. In 2010, we will continue to give you tips each month - something small you can do to help you become and stay more prepared.  Brisbane Office of Emergency Services would like to wish everyone a Happy and Safe Holiday Season. 

November 2009

This November, we would like you to Be Informed about the H1N1 (Swine) Flu. The regular (seasonal) flu comes every year. With the spread of the H1N1 (swine) flu virus, many more people may get sick. That’s why it’s important to help stop the spread of the flu, to recognize signs of the flu, and know what treatment you should use if you get the flu.  There are three steps you can take to help prevent yourself and others from getting the regular and H1N1 flu:


1.  Get the Flu Shot! This is the first and most important step to protect against getting the regular flu. A new vaccine for the H1N1 (swine) flu may be available soon.


2.  Avoid the Flu Virus! The H1N1 (swine) flu is spread from person to person the same way as the regular flu, by coughing, sneezing, or touching something with the flu virus on it, such as a desk, doorknob, or telephone, and then touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. Take these steps daily to avoid getting or spreading the flu virus:


·        Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or the inside of your elbow when you sneeze or cough and throw the tissue away.

·        Wash your hands often with soap and water or alcohol hand cleanser, especially after you cough or sneeze.

·        Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth – germs spread this way.

·        If you are healthy, try to avoid contact with sick people.

·        If you get the flu, stay home until your fever is gone for at least 24 hours (without needing to take any medicine to stop your fever).


3.  Be aware and be prepared! Avoid contact with anyone that is sick. Follow the advice of health officials who will notify the public about sending children home from school or childcare and cancellation of other public events. The symptoms for both the regular flu and H1N1 (swine) flu are similar:


·        High fever, chills, and body aches

·        Muscle aches

·        Sore throat

·        Dry Cough

·        Headache

·        Runny nose or stuffy nose

·        Very tired

·        Sometimes nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea


If you or someone you know get the regular flu or H1N1 (swine) flu you should:


·        Get plenty of rest

·        Stay home and away from people

·        Drink plenty of clear fluids, such as water or juice

·        Avoid alcohol, coffee, tea, and tobacco

·        Take medicine to relieve flu symptoms such as Advil

       or Tylenol

·        Write down information like medications and date and

       time of symptoms

·        Call the Doctor if Symptoms get worse

       (See below for Emergency Warning Signs)


Emergency Warning Signs - Children: 


      ·         Fast breathing or trouble breathing

      ·         Blue or gray skin color

      ·         Not drinking enough fluids

      ·         Severe or constant vomiting

      ·         Not waking up or interacting

      ·         Being irritable and not  wanting to be held

      ·         Symptoms improve but return with fever & bad cough


Emergency Warning Signs - Adults:


      ·         Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath

      ·         Pain or pressure in chest or stomach

      ·         Fever does not improve with over-the-counter medicine

      ·         Sudden dizziness or confusion

      ·         Severe or constant vomiting or diarrhea

      ·         Symptoms improve but return with fever & bad cough 



October 2009   


Fall began September 22, 2009 and we have had several Thunder and Lightning Storms this year. For October we would like you to be informed about Thunderstorms, Lightning, and Power Outages.

In the United States, lightning kills 300 people and injures 80 on average, each year. All thunderstorms produce lightning and all have the potential for danger. Those dangers can include tornadoes, strong winds, hail, wildfires and flash flooding, which is responsible for more fatalities than any other thunderstorm-related hazard.

Lightning's risk to individuals and property is increased because of its unpredictability, which emphasizes the importance of preparedness. It often strikes outside of heavy rain and may occur as far as 10 miles away from any rainfall. Most lightning deaths and injuries occur when people are caught outdoors in the summer months during the afternoon and evening.

Familiarize yourself with the terms that are used to identify a thunderstorm hazard

  • A thunderstorm watch means there is a possibility of a thunderstorm in your area.
  • A thunderstorm warning means a thunderstorm is occurring or will likely occur soon. If you are advised to take shelter, do so immediately.

 Prepare Your Home

  •  Remove dead or rotting trees and branches that could fall and cause injury or damage during a severe thunderstorm.
  • Secure outdoor objects that could blow away or cause damage.
  • Shutter windows and secure outside doors. If shutters are not available, close window blinds, shades or curtains.


Power outages can happen at any time, not just during Thunder and Lightning Storms, and can last for hours or even days.  It is important to always be prepared for a power outage. The following list will help you prepare your home and family for when a power outage strikes.

  •  Fill plastic containers with water, leaving about an inch of space inside each one for the frozen water to expand. Place the containers in the refrigerator and freezer. This chilled or frozen water will help keep food cold for several hours if the power goes out.
  • If you use medication that requires refrigeration, most can be kept in a closed refrigerator for several hours without a problem. If unsure, check with your physician or pharmacist.
  • Back up computer files and operating systems. Consider buying extra batteries and a power converter if you use a laptop computer.
  • Turn off all computers, monitors, printers, copiers, scanners and other electronic devices when they are not being used.
  • Get a high-quality surge protector for your electronic equipment.
  • If you have an electric garage door opener, find out where the manual release lever is located and learn how to operate it.
  • If you have a telephone at home or at work that requires electricity to work (such as a cordless phone), plan for alternate communication, including having a standard telephone handset, cellular telephone, radio or pager.
  • Keep your car fuel tank at least half full because gas stations rely on electricity to power the pumps.
  • Remember that equipment such as automated teller machines (ATMs) may not work during a power outage, so make sure you have extra cash at home.
  • Know if you live in an area that has rolling blackouts. A rolling blackout occurs when a power company turns off electricity to selected areas to save power. The blackouts are typically for one hour, then the power is restored and another area is turned off. Hospitals, airport control towers, police stations, and fire departments are often exempt from these rolling blackouts. They can happen at any time of day and may affect the same area more than once a day.  


September 2009

With the recent Hazardous Material response in South San Francisco which ended up being an ammonia leak at the Columbus Salami plant, we wanted to you to be informed about Hazardous Material Spills/Chemical Leaks for September.

A chemical spill or leak is the release of a toxic gas, liquid or solid that can poison people and the environment.

Possible Signs of Chemical Threat

  • Many people suffering from watery eyes, twitching, choking, having trouble breathing or losing coordination.
  • Many sick or dead birds, fish or small animals are also cause for suspicion.

If You See Signs of Chemical spill or leak: Find Clean Air Quickly

  • Quickly try to define the impacted area or where the chemical is coming from, if possible.
  • Take immediate action to get away and call 911.
  • If the chemical is inside a building where you are, get out of the building without passing through the contaminated area, if possible.
  • If you can't get out of the building or find clean air without passing through the area where you see signs of a chemical spill or leak, it may be better to move as far away as possible and shelter in place.  
  • If you are outside, quickly decide the fastest way to find clean air. Consider if you can get out of the area or if you should go inside the closest building and "shelter-in-place."

If You Think You Have Been Exposed to a Chemical

If your eyes are watering, your skin is stinging, and you are having trouble breathing, you may have been exposed to a chemical.

  • If you think you may have been exposed to a chemical, strip immediately and wash.
  • Call 911
  • Look for a hose, fountain, or any source of water, and wash with soap if possible, being sure not to scrub the chemical into your skin.
  • Seek emergency medical attention


August 2009


On June 11, 2009 the H1N1 (swine flu) was officially declared a pandemic flu so for August we would like you to Be Informed about Pandemic Flu and Flu Awareness. You should know both the magnitude of what can happen during a pandemic outbreak and what actions you can take to help lessen the impact of an influenza pandemic on you and your family. recommends the following checklist that will help you gather the information and resources you may need in case of pandemic flu.

Plan for a pandemic:

  • Store a two week supply of water and food. During a pandemic, if you cannot get to a store, or if stores are out of supplies, it will be important for you to have extra supplies on hand. This can be useful in other types of emergencies, such as power outages and disasters.
  • Periodically check your regular prescription drugs to ensure a continuous supply in your home.
  • Have any nonprescription drugs and other health supplies on hand, including pain relievers, stomach remedies, cough and cold medicines, fluids with electrolytes, and vitamins.
  • Talk with family members and loved ones about how they would be cared for if they got sick, or what will be needed to care for them in your home.

Limit the spread of germs and prevent infection both during a pandemic and during regular flu season:

  • Avoid close contact.
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
    • If possible, stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick. You will help prevent others from catching your illness.
  • Cover your mouth and nose.
    • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those around you from getting sick.
  • Clean your hands.
    • Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth.
  • Practice other good health habits.
    • Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.


You can also visit the OES Contagious Disease section under Specific Disaster for a more detailed list on how to stay healthy and prevent the spread of diseases.


July 2009

This July we would like you to Be Informed about Fires. According to FEMA, more than 4,000 Americans die and more than 20,000 are injured as a result of fires - many of which can be prevented. Preparing your home is the first step in surviving and preventing fires. Installing properly working smoke alarms decreases your chances of dying in a fire by 50 percent. Place smoke detectors on every level of your residence - placing them outside each bedroom (on the ceiling or high on the wall), at the top of open stairways, at the bottom of enclosed stairways, and near (but not in) the kitchen. Test and clean your alarms once a month and replace batteries at least once a year - a good way to remember this is to change the batteries when you change your clocks for day light savings time. It is important to know what to do during a fire - do not waste time gathering valuables or making phone calls. Fires can spread quickly and become life threatening in 2 minutes and engulfing a residence within 5 minutes. Review escape routes with your family and practice escaping from each room. Make sure windows are not nailed or painted shut and consider escape ladders if your residence has more than one level. Remember to teach family members to stay low to the floor (where the air is safer in a fire) when escaping a fire.

June 2009

For the next 7 months (June - December) our tip of the month is - Be Informed. Each month we will provide you with information on a specific emergency/disaster that could happen in Brisbane and how to prepare for them. For June, we want you to be informed about Extreme Heat. With the summer months approaching it is important to know what to do when a heat wave hits the Bay Area. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggest the following tips to prevent Heat Related Illnesses:

  • Drink more fluids (nonalcoholic); regardless of your activity level. Don't wait until you are thirsty to drink.
  • Don't drink liquids that contain alcohol or large amounts of sugar.
  • Stay indoors and, if possible, stay in an air-conditioned place.
  • Wear lightweight, light colored, loose-fitting clothing.
  • NEVER leave anyone, including animals, in a parked vehicle.

You can also prepare your home for Extreme Heat by following Ready America's preparedness tips:

  • Install window air conditioners snugly, insulate if necessary.
  • Check air conditioning ducts for proper insulation.
  • Weather strip doors and sills to keep cool air in.
  • Cover windows that receive morning and afternoon sun with drapes, shades, awnings, or louvers.

Keep in mind that it is better to be prepared for a heat wave than stuck in the middle of one with no plans. City of Brisbane's Office of Emergency Services wishes everyone a safe summer.

April 2009

The April tip of the month is - Make a Plan. Your family may not be together when a disaster strikes. It is important to plan in advance and consider the following questions: How will you contact one another? How will you get back together if you are separated? Even if your family is together, you need to have a plan - whether it's an evacuation plan or a shelter in place plan. Spend one weekend and put your plan together. Use the Online Family Emergency Planning Tool to help guide you through your emergency plan. It is always better to be prepared for the unexpected than caught in the middle of a disaster with no plans.

Failing to Plan = Planning to Fail. Your family deserves better!

March 2009

This year, Brisbane Office of Emergency Services is going to provide simple ideas on how to "Get Ready" in response to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Ready Campaign for 2009. Each month we will provide simple ideas on how you can prepare yourself, your home and your family. In the months to come, we will provide ideas on how to get a kit, make a family plan, and be informed.

The March tip of the month is - Get an Emergency Kit. City Hall has emergency preparedness kits at the Public Works/OES Counter for $52.00. A local Brisbane Company specializes in Emergency Preparedness and Supplies; if you are interested in purchasing emergency kits in bulk for your business/home/employees you can contact Med Life Services at 415.468.8733.

If you are interested in creating your own emergency preparedness kit, follow the Ready Campaign's Emergency Preparedness Supply Kit Checklist. Remember to always customize your emergency kit to your specific needs by using the "Additional Items to consider" checklist.

January 2009

Resolve to be Ready in 2009

With the New Year approaching, the U.S. Department of Homeland security’s (DHS) Ready Campaign is reminding American’s to Resolve to be Ready in 2009. Resolve to be Ready is a nationwide effort designed to encourage individuals, families, businesses and communities to take action and prepare for emergencies in the New Year.


Being Ready for emergencies can be an easy new year’s resolution to keep by following the Ready Campaign’s three simple steps: 1) Get an emergency preparedness Kit; 2) Make a family emergency plan; and 3) Be informed about the types of emergencies that can happen in your area and their appropriate responses.


By taking these three steps – in particular having an emergency preparedness kit both at home and in the car – Americans will be prepared for winter mainstays like power outages and icy roads. Each of these kits should include basic necessities such as water, food, and first aid supplies to help you survive if you are without power or become stranded in your vehicle. You can also visit the OES Specfic Disaster's section to learn about potential disaster's and how to prepare for them.

Archived Police News

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Date: August 12, 2008

Brisbane Police DUI Crackdown

Date: May 9, 2008


Click It or Ticket Aims to Boost Seat Belt Use


The Brisbane Police Department will be aggressively enforcing the state’s occupant protection laws as part of California’s 2008 Click It or Ticket mobilization, taking place May 12-June 1. The campaign relies on heavy enforcement and public education as a means to help California achieve the highest seat belt use rate in the nation.  California currently has the nation’s fourth highest seat belt use rate at 94.6 percent.


“We want to make sure that all drivers and passengers buckle up on every ride, day and night,” said Police Chief Thomas Hitchcock.  “Our officers will be on the lookout for those who are not buckled up and for teens and children not riding properly restrained. We will not accept excuses or give warnings.  It’s Click It or Ticket.” 


California has a primary seat belt law which requires that every passenger in the car, including the driver, is required to wear a seat belt at all times.  If stopped and found to be in violation, law enforcement will issue citations without warning.  Tickets for first seat belt violations range from $80 to $91 for adults and $330 to $401 for children under age 16, depending on the county.

Date: February 28, 2008

A series of home burglaries have been reported in the past few weeks, leading Brisbane Police to urge residents to be on the lookout for suspicious people, cars, and activity. All of these incidents involved homes where doors and windows were left unlocked, thus allowing someone to enter the home with little effort. In some of these occurrences, light, easy-to-carry items have been taken. These episodes have occurred both during daytime and nighttime hours.

Most suspects committing this type of crime are not skilled professionals, and they will take advantage of an easy target when given the opportunity. Don’t make it easy for them. Please lock your windows and doors when you are not at home and check that your windows and doors are securely locked before you go to bed at night. Remember, you are the eyes and ears of our community and we depend on you to call the police when you see or hear something that is out of the ordinary. The number to call would be Police Dispatch, by dialing 9-1-1 .

Below are some Burglary Prevention Tips worth your review:

1. Lock your doors every time you leave the house, even if it’s just for a few minutes during the day. The most popular times for residential burglaries are weekday daylight hours. In over 1/3 of burglaries, there is no forcible entry--someone forgot to lock the doors.

2. Keep garage doors closed and locked.

3. Secure sliding doors and windows. Cut a broom handle to the length of the bottom track so that the window or door will not slide open when forced. Also, drill one hole through both casings and sliding window and insert a nail or pin.

4. Mark or take photos of your property. Mark your valuables with an engraver or take photos of them. Doing this protects your property and serves as a deterrent to would-be burglars and it helps police in identifying and returning stolen property. Make a property identification list. Put warning stickers on doors and windows.

5. Purchase a burglar alarm. A home alarm system can be a very effective burglary deterrent and fit into many people's needs. Remember to test your system monthly.

7. Leave a light on. When leaving on trips, leave a light on in the bathroom. In the bedroom, attach a lamp and radio to a 24-hour electric timer set to go on at dusk and off at your bedtime. Close bedroom drapes or blinds.

8. Use proper exterior lighting. Place a light over every door. Install double cone lights on each corner of the house, as this will also light up windows.

9. Work together with your neighbors. When you are going to be away, tell trusted neighbors and ask them to watch your property. Contact the police department and request a house check of your residence while you are gone. Have someone pick up your newspapers and mail or place a hold on these services while you are away. Tell neighbors to call police if they notice anything suspicious.

10. Contact your police department if you hear or see anything unusual by calling Police Dispatch at 911 .

By working together, we can each play a part in helping keep Brisbane the safe community it’s always been.

Date: September 13, 2007

Officers from the Brisbane Police Department will be at the Brisbane Community Festival at the Community Park on October 6, 2007, from 10:00 AM until 5:00 PM. Stop by and meet the officers that work in your community. Children can have their picture taken on a Brisbane Police Department motorcycle. Officers will fingerprint children at the festival and will provide your family with a free child identification kit. We will also be giving away safety tips and information, coloring books, crayons, junior police badges, and other treats. If you have any questions about the Brisbane Police Department’s participation in the Community Festival, please call Officer Dennis Weber (415) 508-2185.  See you there!  

Date: March 26, 2007

A 911 CALL FOR 911 PHONES (Original Article from 11/01/05)
The Brisbane Police Department is working with 911 Cell Phone Bank to collect used but working cell phones.  This program was created to provide an ongoing and readily available source of 911 capable only cell phones to meet unexpected and urgent needs of participating law enforcement and affiliated victim services agencies.  By donating your cell phone you are providing emergency communications for someone in need. 

If you are an individual or business and would like to support the 911 Cell Phone Bank program by donating your old cell phone, we will have a collection spot located in Brisbane City Hall.

The Brisbane Police Department will have the capability of giving a phone to those who need it.  These phone will be 911 accessible only and will have no other features attached.  We hope to provide the 911 accessible phones to the elderly and to victims of crime.  

If you are victim and would like to receive a 911 accessible cell phone, please contact CSO Roller at (415) 508-2188 ext. 554.

November 23, 2006

Report Drunk Drivers – Call 911
California’s annual holiday DUI crackdown held throughout the month of December is upon us.  The Brisbane Police Department calls for your participation in this life saving campaign to help deter impaired driving and remove drunk drivers from our roadways.

We are promoting the use of the 911 emergency phone number, calling on motorist to report drunk drivers.  You can expect to see messages to “Report Drunk Drivers – Call 911” on Caltrans Amber Alert signs, via radio advertising and in the media.  We are asking that you do your part to prevent alcohol related injuries and fatalities.

If you see a drunk driver on the road, call 911.  Provide law enforcement with the exact location, vehicle make, model and license plate number if possible.  One call could save a life!

Date: July 25, 2006

Information about registered sex offenders is now available at the Megan’s Law Internet Web Site in a total of 12 different languages.  The languages provided are: Arabic, Armenian, Chinese, English, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Spanish, Tagolog, and Vietnamese.  As a result, the Web Site better serves California’s diverse ethnic community.  The translations are available via a drop down list in the top right corner of the Web Site’s welcome page.  The welcome page is located at: .  Simply click on the arrow on the right side of the drop down list and select the preferred language.

Date: Novermber 18, 2005

You don’t have to spend a whole lot of time in Brisbane to realize that parking in the residential areas is limited.  Understandably, citizens take a very personal interest in the vehicles they see parked in their neighborhood and how they are parked.  As a result, the Brisbane Police Department responds to numerous complaints about “abandoned” and “illegally” parked vehicles every day.  Often these complaints end up being a matter of personal preference rather than a matter of law where the police can take legal action.  In those cases where the law does not apply, we are more than happy to attempt to mediate the problem between the parties involved.

To help you determine if your parking issue is one where legal action should be taken or if mediation would be a solution, we have put together the following facts to take into consideration:

Parking in front of your residence:
Unfortunately, we have no legal or inherent right to the parking spaces in front of our homes.  Parking on city streets is available to anyone, whether or not they reside on our street or not.    

People who own several vehicles:
We realize that there are a great deal of residents that own numerous vehicles without adequate off street parking, or have chosen to use their garages or driveways for other purposes.  Although this fact is unfortunate and inconsiderate to others in the neighborhood, we have no legal authority to remove these vehicles if legally parked on a city street and driven on a regular basis.

Vehicles stored on the street:
There are two municipal codes that govern vehicles parked or stored on the street.  One allows for vehicles to be towed as abandoned after being marked as such for 72 hours.  The other allows for a vehicle to be cited if it can be determined that the vehicle has been stored on the street for more than 5 consecutive days. 

We receive numerous calls each day for “abandoned” vehicles when someone spots a vehicle that they don’t recognize.  We find that often times these vehicles are being parked there temporarily due to construction or road work in another neighborhood, or simply because parking was unavailable on an adjacent street.  In either case we make concerted efforts to locate the owner by way of a neighborhood check or by phone before taking enforcement action.

Community Mediation
The Brisbane Police Department offers conflict resolution and mediation through the Peninsula Conflict Resolution Center (PCRC).  More information about using PCRC.

Parking Permit Program
The city offers a Residential Parking Permit Program for those citizens that want to regulate parking in their neighborhoods.  This program is initiated by the citizens in the neighborhood in which the permit program is to be put into place.

Police Intervention
The police department will respond to any and all calls for service.  If you see a vehicle that you believe to be illegally parked please call us.  Please leave your name and phone number with the dispatcher.  This allows us to contact you with any questions or to advise you of what we were able to do to resolve the problem.  We receive a lot of “anonymous” calls.  Without your name and phone number, we are unable to resolve the issue if it turns out to be one that requires mediation or enforcement action.   

Parking issues can quickly turn great neighbors and neighborhoods into a war zone of Hatfield and McCoys.  Please be considerate of one another when parking your vehicles.  Consider getting to know your neighbors and speaking with them when a problem arises.  We are surprised how many times we respond to a problem and find out that the people involved have never talked despite the fact that they live right across the street from each other. 

Whatever the case, we are here to help.  If you do call us regarding a problem you can be assured that we will do everything that we can to resolve the problem. With the parking the way it is in town, we ask for your patience in dealing with these issues.

Date: November 1, 2005

The Brisbane Police Department is working with 911 Cell Phone Bank to collect used but working cell phones.  This program was created to provide an ongoing and readily available source of 911 capable only cell phones to meet unexpected and urgent needs of participating law enforcement and affiliated victim services agencies.  By donating your cell phone you are providing emergency communications for someone in need. 

If you are an individual or business and would like to support the 911 Cell Phone Bank program by donating your old cell phone, we will have a collection spot located in Brisbane City Hall.

The Brisbane Police Department will have the capability of giving a phone to those who need it.  These phone will be 911 accessible only and will have no other features attached.  We hope to provide the 911 accessible phones to the elderly and to victims of crime.  

If you are victim and would like to receive a 911 accessible cell phone, please contact CSO Roller at (415) 508-2188 ext. 554.

Date: September 15, 2005

Officers from the Brisbane Police Department will be at the Brisbane Community Festival at the Community Park on October 1, 2005, from 10:00 AM until 5:00 PM. Stop by and meet the officers that work in your community. Children can have their picture taken on a Brisbane Police Department motorcycle. Officers will fingerprint children at the festival and will provide your family with a free child identification kit. We will also be giving away safety tips and information, coloring books, crayons, junior police badges, and other treats. If you have any questions about the Brisbane Police Department’s participation in the Community Festival, please call Officer Steve Bennett (415) 508-2188 extension 542.  See you there!  


Date: July 26, 2005

The Police are asking for your “EYES and EARS”

Over the past few months we have had an increase of minor “opportunist” crimes in the residential neighborhoods.  These crimes usually involve the theft of some loose change or misc. personal items taken from unlocked vehicles.  Recently however, it appears that this trend may have escalated to involve the theft of a resident’s handicap van.

Brisbane is without a doubt a very safe place to live and the police department is dedicated to keeping things that way.  This doesn’t mean that there aren’t those out there that want to change this.  No matter how attractive the notion is of being able to leave your doors and windows unlocked, we live in a world where these actions will be taken advantage of by people looking for this type of opportunity.

We would like to remind everyone to please lock your vehicles when unattended, and to secure your homes, even when at home.

More importantly, we ask that you keep your eyes and ears open to what’s going on in your neighborhood.  Nobody knows better than you if something looks suspicious.  If something or someone gets your attention, give us a call immediately by dialing 911.  Don’t be shy.  The police department will never criticize you for reporting what you honestly believe to be a problem or suspicious activity.  You know the saying; “Better safe than sorry.”

The police department stands behind its mott “Partnership with the Community.”  Together we can continue to keep Brisbane the great community that it is today. 


Date: May 11, 2005

Brisbane Police Department
Airsoft guns/paint guns

Airsoft guns/paint guns are apparently the newest fad with our young people.  I have received several calls from concerned parents, whose children pressure them to buy these guns, “Because everyone is getting them.”  The argument is also that they are safe to shoot in backyards. 

It is illegal for anyone, adult or child to discharge them within the City Limits of Brisbane.  It is also illegal for them to be loaded while they are being carried within the city.  Finally, it is illegal for anyone under 18 to purchase the weapons or their ammunition.

We at the police department strongly urge all parents to refrain from getting their children these weapons.  We also urge anyone who has already purchased the weapons to supervise their children’s use of the weapons and to insure that any discharge is done outside of Brisbane.  We are hoping for 100% cooperation regarding these guns, but we will enforce the law.

Thank you,

Thomas R. Hitchcock
Chief of Police


Date:    April 29, 2005


The Brisbane Police Department is warning vehicle drivers and passengers that officers will be issuing tickets to persons not wearing seat belts from May 16 through June 5 that includes the upcoming Memorial Day Weekend.  Although officer will issue seat belt tickets anytime a violation is observed, this special enforcement period is a part of the National “Click it or Ticket” Campaign. 

While officers will be writing tickets, compliance with the law, saving lives and preventing injuries is the goal.  The 1,343 vehicle occupants killed in California crashes in 2002 who did not wear their seat belts had one thing in common:  they did not believe that it could happen to them!  Taking the few seconds to buckle a seat belt is the most effective thing a person can do to save their life.

California courts are serious when children under 16 are not properly secured in a vehicle.  If cited, drivers may receive one “point count” on their driving record, with a maximum fine for a first offence of $340, which increases to $871 for a second offence.  The maximum fine for a person 16 and older is $89 for a first offence and $191 for a second offence.  These amounts pale in comparison to the costs to society for each death or injury that could have been prevented by wearing a seat belt.

The 2004 California Seat Belt Use Survey revealed that 90.4% of vehicle occupants wear their seat belts.  That leaves 3 million people who do not buckle up on California roadways with a strong chance or receiving a seat belt ticket during the 3 week campaign.

So as the summer travel season kicks into gear, do the right thing and buckle up.  Of you don’t, it could cost you.


Date:  April 4, 2005

The Brisbane Police Department received a new police motorcycle as part of the Comprehensive County Wide DUI Traffic Enforcement/Education and Seat Belt Safety Program.  The Daly City Police Department was awarded $910,000 by the Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) to administer the grant which includes participation from 19 other police departments throughout the county.  In addition to receiving new equipment, grant participants will conduct 96 separate traffic safety operations during the next year including strike teams for seatbelt, red light, speed enforcement, and DUI Checkpoints.

December 22, 2004

Megan’s Law – Information about registered sex offenders is now available on the internet.

As a result of a new law, the Attorney General has opened a website that will provide you with access to information on more than 63,000 persons required to register in California as sex offenders. Specific home addresses are displayed on more than 33,500 offenders in the California communities; as to these persons, the site displays the last registered address reported by the offender. An additional 30,500 offenders are included on the site with listing by ZIP Code, city, and county. Information on approximately 22,000 other offenders is not included on this site, but is known to law enforcement personnel.

This website indicates that many of these registrants are currently in violation of their registration requirements. Any information you may have on these individuals should be reported to your local law enforcement.

If you conduct a search for the city of Brisbane, you see that there are 3 offenders listed.  Two of the 3 registrants are in violation of their registration requirements and have not lived in the city for over 7 years.

To access the Megan’s Law website, go to

Scroll to the bottom of the page to enter the locator site.  After you read and agree to the disclaimer, you will be sent to a page where you can search anywhere in the state by a variety of search criteria.

Please fell free to contact a member of the department should you have any questions.