Emergency Preparedness

Fire Safety
Flood Safety
 Documents & Helpful Information

  • 72-Hour Emergency Preparedness Kit Checklist
  • Family Emergency Preparedness Planning Guide - A comprehensive family communication tool
  • Emergency Preparedness Kit - Detailed Emergency Preparedness Kit information for your home, office or vehicle
  • Preventing & Preparing for the Flu - Know what to do about the flu
  • Personal Emergency Preparedness (PEP) Course

    Did you know?...
    • Santa Clara county and the West Valley are vulnerable to disasters such as earthquakes.
    • 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 Department offers free home safety courses to all individuals who live or work within the communities Los Gatos, Saratoga, Campbell, Cupertino, and Monte Sereno. Classes offered in 2023 are:  Be Ready: Be Prepared for Disasters; Crime Prevention and Home Fire Safety; Fall Prevention and Wellness Resources; and Are You Prepared for a Medical Emergency?. Find out more information about these free courses and register for upcoming Safety Classes..

    For more information on the PEP program, please contact Santa Clara County Fire Department: email or phone (408) 378-4010 or website: www.sccfd.org

    Emergency Operations Plan

    The City of Monte Sereno 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 local 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 of your vehicle filled.
    • Have cash on hand.
    • Agree on a family meeting place and communication plan that is understandable by 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 Risk. Identifying potential hazards ahead of time and doing 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 - Prepare for Earthquake Hazards. How to prepare your home, work, and family for earthquakes, plus online access to earthquake information.
    • ABAG Earthquake Maps and Information