CARD of San Mateo County
Collaborating Agencies Responding to Disaster


CARD of San Mateo County is closed. For support with disaster preparedness for people with special needs in San Mateo County, please contact:

            Ana-Marie Jones
            CARD – Collaborating Agencies Responding to Disasters
            1736 Franklin Street, Suite 450 || Oakland, CA 94612
            (510) 451-3140 || info@firstvictims.org || Fax: (510) 451-3144


CARD of San Mateo County is an inclusive network of organizations dedicated to preparing the community for a major disaster, coordinating effective inter-agency response and recovery, and providing a forum for information sharing among its members.

There are currently ninety-six participating agencies in CARD of San Mateo County. Those agencies provide services throughout San Mateo County’s rural and urban communities. Several of the participating agencies provide services throughout the San Francisco Bay Area region.

The mental and emotional well being of our community is greatly enhanced by an effective disaster response and recovery effort. These issues of well-being as well as physical health are mitigated in large degree by community disaster preparedness and hazard reduction through education.

The benefits derived through an agency’s participation in CARD of San Mateo County manifest themselves as a better ability to solve problems in emergency situations. This is true both at a personal and professional level for the volunteers and paid staff. The fortification of the agency provides that agency with an extended capacity to respond to the needs of its clientele. Pre-disaster this can translate into education and preparedness activities. During disaster recovery it may translate into an ability to provide services or referrals to services for their clients, mitigation and potent advocacy.

Among the member agencies and organizations of CARD of San Mateo County are those that provide civic and public benefit to the general public within San Mateo County. Many of the agencies and organizations listed provide their services to those population groups described above as extra-vulnerable. These populations include but are not limited to:


  •   People with disabilities
  •   Lower income families
  •   Rural families
  •   The frail or critically ill
  •   Persons with stress related problems
  •   Persons with a mental illness
  •   Persons with addictive disorders
  •   Homeless or pre-homeless families and individuals
  •   Persons with learning disorders
  •   Hungry
  •   Culturally isolated
  •   Language isolated
  •   Families with pets
  •   Children
  •   Teens
  •   Seniors
  •   Persons impacted by violence
  •   Clients of the criminal justice system

  • The goal of CARD of San Mateo County is to build its constituency in an inclusive outreach to all service groups in San Mateo County. We wish to continually increase the awareness and knowledge of disaster’s effects and solutions.

    Send a donation or contact us at:

    Cindy Holzman
    Executive Director
    Collaborating Agencies Responding to Disaster of San Mateo County
    1710 S. Amphlett Blvd., Suite 211
    San Mateo, CA 94402
    (650) 524-4900
    Email: cardofsanmateo@aol.com
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