San Mateo offers Spanish-language emergency training 

San Mateo County health officials offered up a day of emergency preparedness activities during the weekend to help Spanish-speaking residents respond in the event of a natural disaster, a county health department spokeswoman said today.

"While it is important for everyone to prepare for a public health emergency, we need to ensure that our preparedness efforts also consider cultural differences and language competency among limited or non-English speaking communities," county health officer Dr. Scott Morrow said.

"Un Sabado por la Familia," sponsoredby the San Mateo County Health Department, the American Red Cross Bay Area chapter and El Concilio of San Mateo County, was held at Menlo Park's Garfield Charter Elementary School on Middlefield Road.

About 90 families attended, San Mateo County Health Department spokeswoman Doris Estremera said today.

"Despite the rain it ended up being really well attended," Estremera said.

The free event offered participants certification in CPR for infants and children, emergency preparedness information, home emergency starter kits, refreshments and childcare.

"I am proud to be part of a county that is making an extra effort to ensure that all our residents are safe and well-prepared in the event of a disaster," San Mateo County Board of Supervisors President Rose Jacobs Gibson said.

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