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    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 offers a free course to all individuals who live or work within the communities Los Gatos, Saratoga, Campbell, Cupertino, and Monte Sereno.

    For more information on the PEP program, please contact Santa Clara county Fire directly email.

    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:

    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 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.

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