San Mateo County Board of Supervisor Adrienne J. Tissier – 5th District reports:
A Decade of Disaster Readiness
This year we celebrate 10 years of Disaster Preparedness Day. Joining the popular San Mateo County Fair for the fourth year, we expect the turnout to again break attendance records.
Save the date for Saturday, June 7th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Arrive before 11 a.m. for free parking and free admission to the County Fair.
For more information call the Office of Emergency Services at (650) 363-4790. You may also take a look at the OES website, preview the Disaster Preparedness Day flyer, or contact my office for up-to-date information.
The Crime of Human Trafficking
The United States Department of State estimates that 14,500 to 17,500 victims are trafficked into the United States each year and the Federal Bureau of Investigation has identified California as one of the nation's top four states for trafficked individuals.
Senate Bill 1193 requires specified businesses, establishments and public areas to post a notice informing the public and victims of human trafficking of their rights while providing contact information for the National Human Trafficking Resource Center and the California Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking.
To comply with SB 1193, San Mateo County has joined the regional effort to adopt a standard poster that can now be found throughout several counties in the Bay Area.
If you or someone you know is being forced to engage in any activity and cannot leave, call the National Human Trafficking Resource Center at 1-888-373-7888, or the California Coalitions to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking (CAST) at 1-888-KEY-2-FRE(EDOM), or text BeFree (233-733) to access help and services. Victims of slavery and human trafficking are protected under United States and California Law. The hotlines are:
- Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
- Toll-free and operated by non-profit, non-governmental organizations.
- Anonymous and confidential and accessible in more than 160 languages.
- Able to provide help, referral to services, training, and general information.
For more information visit BAHC2Freedom.org
Older Drivers Buff Up Their Skills
Sign-up for a free driver safety course and meet other seasoned motorists who want to stay safe on the roadway longer.
The three-hour Age Well Drive Smart seminar will be held this summer in several locations:
- Redwood City's Veterans Memorial Senior Center--Thursday, July 17th
- Belmont's Twin Pines Community Center-- Thursday, August 7th
- South San Francisco's Magnolia Senior Center--Wednesday, September 17th
You will find more details in the on-line flyer.
Take advantage of this opportunity for a comprehensive program covering driving myths, rules of the road and a wide range of alternatives to stay mobile, active and connected to your community. Lunch is served for those who stay for the entire session. Each participant will have an opportunity to meet the Senior Volunteers of the California Highway Patrol, ask questions, and encounter new friends who have the same interest in aging well, staying safe and driving smart.
Call my office to reserve your seat at (650) 363-4572.
A Screening Worth Hearing
The California Telephone Access Program, a California Public Utilities Commission-administered program, plans to offer free hearing screenings at its CTAP Distribution Event. San Mateo Medical Center will host the tests and make appointments available for the public on Friday, April 11th from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Come to the Rehab Department on the 2nd floor of the Medical Center at 222 West 39th Avenue in San Mateo.
Another opportunity through CTAP will help make phone calls a little easier for those who have difficulty hearing, seeing, speaking, remembering or moving. If you qualify, you will receive a telephone with special features like large buttons, amplification, captioning, and picture dial. The free phone program only requires that you are a California resident, you have an existing landline for your service, and a medical professional has certified your medical condition. Make an appointment by calling the San Mateo Medical Center's Rehab department at 650-573-2472 for your reservation.
Helpful County Resources
CalFresh and Second Harvest Food Bank
Do you or someone you know need help putting food on the table? Qualifying for food assistance might be easier than you had expected. A family of four earning $40,000 or less may qualify for CalFresh, and if you just need food to tide your family over until your next paycheck, Second Harvest Food Bank may be able to help.
The next time you find yourself in need of prescription medication at the pharmacy, San Mateo County residents can save up to 65% just by using a free Discount Prescription Card from Coast2CoastRx.
Network of Care for Seniors and People with Disabilities
Did you ever wish that there was an internet site where you could potentially get financial help in purchasing your prescriptions, look for transportation assistance, and locate providers of care in your home, all in one place? It exists at the Network of Care site.
Tell me what you would like to see in my next newsletter!
Contact my office at (650) 363-4572 and let me know what area of interest you would like to know more about. Comments or Questions? Please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.