Emergency Preparedness

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

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