Documents & Helpful Information
- 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
Community Emergency Response Team - Become A Member
The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program educates volunteers about disaster preparedness for the hazards that may impact the area and trains them in basic disaster response skills. Some of these disaster response skills include fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. CERT offers a consistent, nationwide approach to volunteer training and organization that professional responsers can rely on during disaster situations. Through CERT, the capabilities to prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters is built and enhanced.
Information on How to Register:
($35 Fee) - All Sessions are required to graduate
For more information on the CERT program please visit the CERT page or contact Jackie Rose, Community Outreach Coordinator at 408-354-6853 or email Santa Clara county Fire.
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 1 gallon of water per person per day in sturdy plastic containers.
- Keep a 3-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.
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