Important Safety Information

The Sheriff Office provides a wide-ranging variety of safety information. Below you will find a few of the most commonly accessed resources.


Disaster Preparedness & Safety Links

San Mateo County's Office of Emergency Services (OES) has been established to help our citizens, businesses, and communities prepare for the next major disaster, whether that be an earthquake, flood, fire, severe weather event, gas line explosion, or terrorist attack, to name a few examples.

One of the first things that you can do to prepare yourself and your family is to create a Family Disaster Plan. You should also create an Evacuation Plan for both your home and neighborhood. After you have completed these plans, you should put together an Emergency Supply Kit for your home, office, and car. Read more »

Sign Up For Free Alerts

SMC Alert is a 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.

Prepare for emergencies - SIGN UP for free alerts, today. Read more »

Megan's law

The California Department of Justice's Megan's Law website allows public access to information on registered sex offenders in California. Read more »

Identity Theft

The San Mateo County Sheriff's Office provides a free resource guide and resource links to help citizens protect themselves from identity theft and to help those whose identity has been compromised.

Child Safety Car Seat Instructions

Did you know that four out of five car seats are used improperly? Car crashes are the leading cause of preventable childhood injury and despite advancement in technology and education, many children are being placed in vehicles unrestrained or in improperly installed car seats. Read more »

Staying Safe in Mountain Lion Country

Mountain lions are quiet, solitary and elusive, and typically avoid people.
Mountain lion attacks on humans are extremely rare. However, conflicts are increasing as California's human population expands into mountain lion habitat.
To stay safe in Mountain Lion Country:

  • Do not hike, bike, or jog alone.
  • Avoid hiking or jogging when mountain lions are most active—dawn, dusk, and at night.
  • Keep a close watch on small children.
  • Do not approach a mountain lion.
  • If you encounter a mountain lion, do not run; instead, face the animal, make noise and try to look bigger by waving your arms; throw rocks or other objects. Pick up small children.
  • If attacked, fight back.
  • If a mountain lion attacks a person, immediately call 911.

Source: CA Department of Fish and Game