PRESS RELEASE. From San Mateo County County Executive’s Office in Redwood City – January 10, 2023:
Storm 2023: Response by the Numbers
Since storms began to pummel San Mateo County on New Year’s Eve, the County has provided aid and resources to local residents and cities.
Pescadero Gets a COW Cellular on Wheels, a mobile cellular network, stationed in Pescadero
Here is a by-the-numbers look at some of that assistance, often in partnership with cities, nonprofit organizations and others:
236: Displaced individuals temporarily housed in hotels
2,001: Meals served to displaced residents
160: Unhoused individuals enrolled in the Inclement Weather Program, which expands shelter capacity
72: Individuals served at temporary evacuation points countywide
40: Red Cross volunteers deployed
1: Generator to power much of Pescadero High School
30: Generators distributed to households in Pescadero with members in need of electricity for medical issues
500 tons, or 1 million pounds: Bulk sand for sandbags (enough to pack 200,00 play pails)
21,000: Pre-made sandbags provided to local residents, used by County Department of Public Works
35,000: Empty sandbags provided to residents
15,000: Feet of twine to tie sandbags, the length of 14 Salesforce Towers or nearly twice as long as the Golden Gate Bridge
10,000: Zip-ties to tie sandbags
1: COW, or Cellular on Wheels, a mobile cellular network, stationed in Pescadero to help boost cellular service
1,417: Calls to Public Safety Communications for fire or emergency medical services on Dec. 31, 2022, the beginning of the storm (compared to about 400 calls on a normal Saturday)*
*Call 9-1-1 only in emergencies. An emergency is any serious medical problem (chest pain, seizure, bleeding), any type of fire (business, car, building), any life-threatening situation (fights, person with weapons) or to report crimes in progress.
484: Calls to 2-1-1 for storm-related, non-emergency assistance (through noon Jan. 10, 2023); top needs were shelter and sandbags.
Chief Communications Officer