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Make A PlanLearn about the disaster risks where you live, safety steps to take during a disaster, and how you can plan for disasters ahead of time. The creation of a Personal Support Network of family, friends, and neighbors will be emphasized.


Get A KitIdentify the items to be gathered, prior to a disaster, for a supplies kit that will be helpful whether you stay at home or need to evaucate after a disaster.


Stay Informed

Safety information will be available after a disaster, giving instructions about where to go and what to do. Learn how this information will be communicated and how to communicate with friends and loved ones during an incident.


This program lasts approximately 1.5 hours.

To schedule this program,
< Request Be Ready: Seniors Prepared Program (select Guest Speaker Request)

Business Emergency Planning

FEMA's Ready Campaign assists businesses in developing a preparedness program by providing tools to create a plan that addresses the impact of many hazards. 

Small Business Administration (SBA) provides resources to businesses develop a plan to protect employees, lessen the financial impact of disasters, and re-open your business quickly to support economic recovery in your community. 

Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

CERT Introduction video

21 Hours - $35.00 (Fee covers participant's safety equipment and training material.)

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In the event of an area wide disaster, critical infrastructure and emergency services will be impacted. The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) academy trains residents to prepare for and respond to life-threatening events in their community. CERT members can mobilize neighborhood resources, deliver immediate assistance to victims, organize emergency communications and provide support to first responders.

What is CERT?
Each city has its own organized CERT program.  CERT members prepare, organize and work together as a team to provide essential services to their community during and after a disaster. CERTs strengthen neighborhood resiliency and play a vital role in their City’s disaster response efforts.

CERT Training
CERT academies are offered in the communities served by the Santa Clara County Fire Department and rotate throughout the year. Some of the skills taught include organizing resources, medical operations, basic search and rescue, how to use a fire extinguisher and damage assessment.

Using classroom and simulation based education; CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace immediately following an event when emergency responders may not be immediately available to help. Taking CERT training is easy, fun and a great way for your business or neighborhood to strengthen working and personal relationships that will be vital in responding to an emergency.

CERT training is accomplished in about 21-hours culminating with a final disaster simulation exercise applying the skills participants have learned.

Training is broken up into eight (8) modules:

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  • CERT Organization
  • Disaster Psychology
  • Fire Safety
  • Light Search and Rescue
  • Emergency Medical Operations
  • Terrorism Awareness
  • Disaster Simulation Exercise

Please contact SCCFD at (408) 378-4010 or via email and provide your full name, email address, phone number, address and class dates.

(408) 378-4010 or

2017 CERT Course Schedules
Campbell CERT(January)
Los Altos Hills CERT (March)
Saratoga CERT (April)
Cupertino CERT (June/July)
Los Altos CERT (September)
Los Gatos/Monte Sereno CERT (October/November)

Additional Resources:
Collaborating Agencies Disaster Relief Efforts (CADRE) 
FEMA Emergency Supply List
Ready? Prepare.Plan.Stay Informed
Red Cross Earthquake Safety Checklist

Personal Emergency Preparedness (PEP)

3 hours - FREE

Learn how to prepare to be on your own for several days after the next large disaster. Training includes review of disaster supply kit, home and workplace preparedness, treating life threatening conditions, fire prevention, fire extinguishers and hazardous materials.

Are You Prepared to...Help yourself...Help your family… and add a little PEP into your life!

When disaster strikes, it may be days before emergency medical, police and fire arrive in your neighborhood. The purpose of this course in Personal Emergency Preparedness is to inform and prepare individuals to be self sufficient for days after an area wide emergency.This course will assist individuals and families to plan and be prepared in event of an emergency or disaster. The Personal Emergency Preparedness course is a 3-hour class designed for families to be able to survive the first 72 hours of a disaster.

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  • The impact of an area-wide disaster for individuals and community
  • Workplace and home safety
  • Earthquake emergency supplies to have available
  • Fire safety and how to use a fire extinguisher
  • What to do when your phones don’t work; how to contact your family members
  • When and how to turn gas/electrical/water off
  • Household hazardous materials

Please contact SCCFD at (408) 378-4010 or via email and provide your full name, email address, phone number, residential/work address and class date.

PEP Class Schedule:
2017 Schedule

(408) 378-4010 or

School Emergency Planning & Safety

Disasters come in many forms and can occur anywhere at any time.  Disasters can be natural causes such as earthquakes, fires, floods, and severe storms to human-made causes such as an active shooter and chemical spills. Knowing how to react and respond in a time of crisis is critical. School emergency preparedness efforts and emergency plans can help keep students and staff safe.

California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) provides direct and easy access to pertinent emergency preparedness information and resources as they relate to schools throughout California and the nation. The information included below can be a valuable tool in planning for, preparing for, responding to, and recovering from an emergency or disaster.

For more information contact Cal OES :
Lynne Olson - (916) 845-8762 or


Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) Preparedness

Do you live in a hillside community? Would you like to learn more about the things that you could do to increase the survivability of your home in the event of a wildland fire? Would the homeowners in your neighborhood like to learn more about the codes and ordinances that affect those living in the hillside communities? If you or your homeowner group is interested in this program or would like information mailed to you, please contact the Public Education Office.

Wildland Urban Interface Preparedness Inspections

The Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) Preparedness Inspections are designed to assist property owners in determining what can be done to their property to minimize fire hazards and maximize fire resistance. If you live in a hillside community and would like a free inspection review of your property, contact the Fire Prevention Division at (408) 378-4010.

Additional helpful links

American Red Cross
American Red Cross "Wild Fire Safety Checklist"
California Department of Forestry (Santa Clara County)
Committee for Firesafe Dwellings
County of Santa Clara Official Website (Handling Emergencies)
Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition
Institute for Business and Home Safety
International Society of Arboriculture
National Wildland/Urban Interface Fire Program
Pacific Gas & Electric Company
Santa Clara County FireSafe Council
Underground Service Alert
Urban Forest Ecosystems Institute