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Emergency Preparedness

Los Gatos Prepared
 - A public education program to equip Los Gatos residents with information needed to survive 72-hours in the event of a disaster.

Family Emergency Preparedness Planning Guide – A comprehensive family communication tool

Emergency Preparedness Kit - Detailed Emergency Preparedness Kit information for your home, office or vehicle


Personal Emergency Preparedness (PEP) Course

Did you know?...

  • Santa Clara County and the West Valley are vulnerable to disasters such as the recent earthquake in Japan.
  • First responders (firefighters, police and medical) will be overwhelmed in a large disaster.
  • You are responsible for your personal and family emergency preparedness.

Learn how to prepare to be on your own for several days after the next large disaster. 

Santa Clara County Fire is offering this free course to all indiviuals who live or work within the communities Los Gatos, Saratoga, Campbell, Cupertino, and Monte Sereno.

Dates and Course Information


Upcoming CERT Training Opportunity - Become A Member

Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program.

Many neighborhoods in Los Gatos and Monte Sereno have organized for disaster preparedness and received the added benefit of developing a safer, friendlier place to live.

CERT is one of the most visible Town emergency preparedness programs and is supported by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). This 20-hour course offers training in disaster preparedness, response and recovery skills. 

The course is designed to be a fun, interactive learning experience for adults of all ages. The final session is an exercise that includes a disaster drill and fire extinguisher training. Please confirm your attendance, as seats are limited.

Information on How to Register:

REGISTRATION ($35 Fee) - All Sessions are required to graduate

For more information on the CERT program please visit or contact Jackie Rose, Community Outreach Coordinator at (408) 354-6853 or e-mail Santa Clara County Fire at

Class Schedules


Emergency Operations Plan

The Town of Los Gatos has a comprehensive Emergency Operations Plan which addresses situations ranging from fire, floods and earthquakes, to nuclear defense emergencies and hazardous material incidents. Operating from the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) representatives from all branches of Town government work in concert with representatives of regional, state, and federal emergency response organizations to provide emergency services to the community.

While there are many resources to provide assistance during an emergency, one of the most important components of disaster planning is preparing the community to be self-sufficient for at least 72 hours following a major disaster. In a large-scale disaster such as an earthquake, emergency responders may be overwhelmed and not be able to provide assistance for a matter of days. It is important that families prepare for that eventuality by taking steps to plan ahead. Your family could be anywhere when the next disaster strikes - at work, at school, or in the car. Knowing what to do ahead of time can help your family deal with fear and uncertainty. By planning and practicing what to do, your family will be able to respond effectively at the first sign of danger.


Emergency Preparedness Tips

         Store one gallon of water per person per day in sturdy plastic containers.

         Keep a three day supply of nonperishable food.

         Put together a basic first aid kit, including a 7 day supply of prescription
         medications, and a first aid book.

Keep the gas tank on your vehicle filled. · Have cash on hand. 

         Agree on a family meeting place and communication plan that is understandable to
        all family members.

         Place copies of all important documents in a safe place.

         Keep a battery-powered radio, flashlight, and extra batteries accessible.

Visit our Los Gatos Prepared Page for more information on Emergency Preparedness.


Other Useful Sites

         FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) - Earthquake Fact Sheet
        Identifying potential hazards ahead of time and advance planning can reduce the
        dangers of serious injury or loss of life from an earthquake.

         Red Cross - Earthquake preparedness information.

         U.S. Geological Survey - Earthquake Hazards Program Northern California. How to 
        prepare your home, work, and family for earthquakes. Also online access to 
        earthquake information.

         ABAG Earthquake Maps and Information

Thank you for taking the time to help our community become more resilient!