City Blog

Brisbane Derby & A "Day in the Park" Festival

Printer-friendly version

We're all set and ready to go for the Brisbane Derby and "Day in the Park" Festival tomorrow!

The festivities begin early tomorrow, but for some, they've been waiting a whole year for this day to come again.  Come to San Francisco & Plumas tomorrow at 8am to get a nice spot along San Francisco Ave. and watch cars be raced down the hill.  This has been a Brisbane tradition since the 1930s - only, the racers were a little bigger in size...(that's because the Brisbane Derby used to be sponsored by the the Volunteer Fire Department!)

While the races are still going on and trophies are awarded to each of the competing age groups, the Community Park will be buzzing with community groups (Women's Club, Mothers of Brisbane, Lion's Club, Eagle's Club, Brisbane Youth Sports Association) telling about the various efforts they've invested in, and City Departments and Committees (Parks & Recreation, Police, Open Space & Ecology Committee) providing useful resources to the community.  There will also be a Public Safety booth to provide residents with critical information in case an emergency should ever take place in Brisbane.  So come and arm yourself with great information, while enjoying some tasty BBQ, corn on the cob, and cotton candy while you're at it!  Oh, and let's not forget baked goods and ice cream.  The event goes until about 5:00pm.

Also, this coming Monday, October 4, the City Council will be convening at 7:30pm at City Hall - 50 Park Place.  Come and join for the dedication of the bird signs on Tunnel Ave. Bridge, recognizing Teresa Maturo for her service on the Planning Commission, and swearing in John Swiecki as the new Community Development Director.  After a break for refreshments, the City's new website will be unveiled.  Come and hear what the Council has to say, and share your own thoughts and ideas!  And always remember that if you can't make it to a Council meeting, or don't have Comcast, then you can view the City Council meetings on your computer by visiting the meetings page.

Water Update

Printer-friendly version

Utilizing Technology in Our Water System

If you were out yesterday in Crocker Industrial Park, passing through North Hill to be exact, you may have noticed some guys in orange safety vests and some with hard hats looking down into a 12' x 6' hole they had dug on the lawn.  They - Redwood Engineering and a couple staff from the Brisbane Public Works Dept. - were assessing the location of the existing facilities (i.e. gas, water) below ground.  They were doing this to see where a future flow control vault station could fit at the water supply turnout location (there are 5 total, in and around Brisbane).  The purpose for installing these flow control vault stations is simply so that the City has better control over the water it receives from San Francisco Public Utility Commission (SFPUC).

Wondering how technology is a part of all this?  Well currently, the City cannot currently monitor in real-time the flow of water as it comes through SFPUC's meter valves.  After the project is completed, City engineers will be able to do this through the SCADA, or Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition, computer at City Hall.  Inside the vault stations, new valves and pipes will also be installed.  Valves are necessary components of any water system, and these will be specially fitted with sensors which are able to respond to changes in water pressure or flow by opening or closing the valve.

So there you have it.  Technology will play a part in the SCADA computer being able to "talk" to the valves from a remote location (City Hall), by closing and opening them, and the valves will be able to "talk back" to the SCADA computer by passing along data which the engineers at City Hall will use to closely monitor water quality, flow, and pressure.

There will be 4 more site investigations taking place today, next Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday to see where the existing facilities are located.  See below for the schedule and the approximate locations of where they'll be digging:

  • Thursday September 30th - Friday October 1st | 100 San Francisco Ave.
  • Monday October 4th - Tuesday October 5th | 11 San Bruno Ave. @ San Francisco Ave.
  • Tuesday October 5th - Wednesday October 6th | 1150 San Bruno Ave. @ Bayshore Blvd.
  • Wednesday October 8th - Thursday October 9th | Main Street (in SF)

For the work taking place next Monday - Wednesday on both ends of San Bruno Ave. (at Bayshore and San Francisco), there will be traffic cones placed along the shoulder where they will be conducting site investigation work.  Additionally, two flagmen will be present at the intersection of Bayshore and San Bruno to help direct traffic.  Please exercise caution when driving through any of the above site investigation locations.  And, once again, thank you for your patience as work on this very important project commences!

Disaster Preparedness Training

Printer-friendly version

Are you Ready? Starting October 5th, we will be opening our Community Emergency Response Team training to all Residents and Employees of Brisbane. This FEMA-developed training course was previously only available to Community Emergency Volunteers (CEVs). For the first time, this course is now available to all interested parties. This eight-module series of two-hour classes will be held from 7pm-9pm (please check the flyer for location of each class). Attendance at all classes is suggested, but not required. This is your chance to make sure you and your family are ready should a disaster happen in our town.

President declares National Preparedness Month

September is National Preparedness Month and this year the Ready Campaign, partnered with the Ad Council and the Weather Channel, is spreading the emergency preparedness message to as many households as possible by launching a new series of public service announcements (PSAs) asking all Americans to participate in National Preparedness Month by preparing themselves for the full range of hazards threatening the United States including natural disasters, cyber attacks, pandemic disease, and acts of terrorism.  This year marks the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, one of the most tragic and destructive disasters in American history.  In remembrance of this national tragedy, we must reaffirm our commitment to readiness and the necessity of preparedness.

By empowering Americans with information about the risks we face, we can all take concrete actions to protect ourselves, our families, our communities, and our country.  The Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Ready Campaign provides simple and practical steps every American can take to be better prepared. Some of these simple and practical steps start with attending the 6th Annual San Mateo County Disaster Preparedness Day, Visiting the Public Safety Pavilion at the Brisbane Day in the Park on October 2nd, visiting our Disaster Preparedness Section, and/or simply purchasing an Emergency Preparedness Kit. Remember, each month OES will publish a tip of the month to help you with Emergency Preparedness tips.  

San Bruno Fire

Printer-friendly version

Our hearts in the City of Brisbane go out to the individuals and families affected by the San Bruno/Glenview Fire. Individuals wishing to donate towards the residents rebuilding their lives can kindly do by sending cash donations via check to the address below:

Glenview Fire Recovery Fund

First National Bank of Northern California

Millbrae-San Bruno Branch

1551 El Camino Real

Millbrae, CA, 94030

Fire Station Update

Printer-friendly version

The Brisbane Firefighters, who returned to town this past Sunday after spending three nights in Daly City, will need to return to Station 93 in Daly City (10 Wembley Dr., Daly City) during the evening hours for the time being.  A trailer, located beside the Fire Station on Bayshore Blvd., was originally intended to be used for staging purposes and thus did not contain sleeping quarters, a shower, kitchen, or have proper outdoor lighting.  Additionally, the Brisbane fire engine needed to be parked outdoors at night due to there being mold detected in the bay/garage area of the fire station.  Earlier this morning, fire administration and city management decided that in the interest of the firefighters' safety, the best solution at this point in time was to relocate the firefighters back to Daly City during the evenings, but have them be in Brisbane during the day.  In Daly City, the firefighters will have gotten the rest they need, have ready access to the fire engine and their gear, and be able to shower and cook while concurrently, a longer-term solution is worked upon and investigated.  We will update the community when any other additional information becomes available.  Thank you for your understanding and patience regarding this matter.

Turning Across Double Yellow on Visitacion Ave

Printer-friendly version

The Brisbane Police department would like to pass on the following information:
Citizens and Business Owners have voiced their concerns regarding the traffic hazards of turning over the double yellow lines to get into a parking spot. We would like to remind you that making a turn over the double yellow lines into a parking spot is a violation of California Vehicle Code Section 21460 (a).
Exceptions to this section are pulling into driveways and private property. Drivers seen illegally turning over the double yellow lines may be cited. This situation can easily be avoided by making a legal U-Turn the next intersection unless that intersection is posted otherwise.

Please feel free to contact any member of the department if you have any questions…..

Thank you and please drive safely.

Arrange an Out of Area Contact Person and Complete an Out of Area Contact Card

Printer-friendly version

July’s tip of the month is to arrange an out-of-area contact person and complete an out-of-area contact card for each of your family members.

During disasters, phone services and other means of communications often become disrupted. Anxiety adds to the stress of the event as you wonder if your loved ones are safe. An out-of-area contact can ease worry regarding your family’s well-being.

If you are separated from your loved ones when disaster strikes, you will wonder how and where they are. The stress of the event may make it difficult to remember information as routine as phone numbers. We recommend every family member in your household have an out-of-area contact card in their wallet, purse, or backpack at all times.

Ask an out of area-of-area friend or family member to be your contact person. This is the person each of your family members will call to let them know how and where they are. This information will be relayed back to each of your family members as they call and report their status as well.

Phone lines were “hardened” years ago to withstand nuclear attacks and are quite resistant to damage. It’s difficult to make local calls not because of damage, but because of the number of people that are trying to make phone calls at the same time. However, you are typically able to make long distance calls. You should always keep a phone at home that does not require electricity. Cordless phones require electricity! If the power is out – your cordless phone is out!

Pay phones are part of the emergency services network, and are a priority to be restored to service. Tape coins needed to use a pay phone to your out-of-area contact card so you are always able to make a call if a disaster strikes.

Cellular phone systems may be damaged or overwhelmed during a disaster.  Since texting takes up much less of the wireless system capacity than voice-to-voice call, you may be able to get through by texting when the system is unable to make or receive calls.

Print the City of Brisbane's Out-of-Area Contact Card. Complete this card and give one to each of your family members. Remember to tape the necessary coins to to if just in case you need to use a pay phone!

4th Annual Wildland Fire Evacuation Drill

Printer-friendly version

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.

Archived Fire News

Printer-friendly version

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

Printer-friendly version

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.

Back to Top

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

Back to Top

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.

Back to Top

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

Back to Top

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.

Back to Top 

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.  

Back to Top 

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.

Back to Top  

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.

Back to Top

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

Back to Top

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!!

Back to Top

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.

Back to Top

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!

Back to Top

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."

Back to Top

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.

Back to Top

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.

Back to Top

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.**

Back to Top