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County of Santa Clara Prepares for Super Bowl

SANTA CLARA COUNTY, CALIF. -- The County of Santa Clara activated its Emergency Operations Center (EOC) to prepare and respond to the possible impact of Super Bowl 50 (SB50) related activities on County services. The County is expecting an increase in emergency calls during the week of SB50.
 
“The Office of Emergency Services and other County Departments have been meeting frequently with local agencies and area hospitals to prepare for Super Bowl 50,” said County Executive Jeffrey V Smith, M.D., J.D. “We expect a significant increase in visitors to the Bay Area and the County is well-prepared to ensure day-to-day County services are not impacted.”
 
 
“We have exercised and trained with ambulance services, fire departments and hospitals. Our focus has been on communications, requesting supplies, emergency procedures, and overall disaster preparedness,” commented Jackie Lowther, Acting Director of the EMS Agency. “We are better prepared to handle the increase in ambulance traffic this week.”
 
As part of overall preparedness, the Public Health Department has been part of a working group to determine staffing, training, and resource needs to respond to possible public health incidents that could arise during this event period. Other County agencies have similarly been part of various SB50 working groups preparing for possible impacts of SB50 related activities.
 
The Santa Clara County Fire Department, Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office, and Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, among others, have increased staffing levels. These County departments are prepared to respond to an increase in the number of calls for service, increase in patients, or an emergency event.
 
"The Sheriff’s Office is working closely with our law enforcement partners in the area to ensure that Super Bowl 50 is a safe, fun event for residents and visitors,” stated Sheriff Laurie Smith.  “We have increased patrols this week and we stand ready to assist the host committee in any way necessary to help protect public safety."
 
Santa Clara County residents can sign up for AlertSCC. It is a free, easy and confidential way for anyone who lives or works in Santa Clara County to get emergency warnings sent directly to their cell phone, mobile device, email, or landline. They can sign up for free at www.alertscc.com/
 
 
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Contact: Joy Alexiou, Santa Clara Valley Health and Hospital System, (408) 885-4164;
Laurel Anderson, Office of Public Affairs, (408) 299-5119
Posted: February 2, 2016