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The Highway 17 corridor was identified as a high collision corridor in 1998 as a result of collision data analysis and recommendations of local, regional, county and state agencies. Collision reduction strategies, including enforcement and road improvements have made some positive impact. However, in recent years, Highway 17 from Los Gatos to the Summit has seen a steady rise in collisions.

Accidents on the highway present one of the greatest hazards to the public and our responders.


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Over 63,000 people commute over Highway 17 daily, and more available distractions present dangerous hazards, including:

  • Cellular devices
  • Multi-tasking

Wet weather makes travel on Highway 17 increasingly hazardous. Speed limits are established for ideal road and traffic conditions, but are not appropriate during inclement weather.

Slow for inclement weather conditions:

  • Heavy fog and light rain makes roadways slippery
  • Heavy rain reduces visibility between vehicles and lanes
  • In cold weather, ‘black ice’ is not visible but extremely dangerous

secondary accidents

Secondary accidents occur due to driver behavior and inattention near accidents on the highway, putting drivers and responders at additional risk.

Characteristics of Highway 17 itself complicate responses for our crews

  • Lanes with limited or no shoulders
  • Blind curves
  • Traffic congestion


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Slow down and allow for extra travel time to account for traffic and road conditions.

  • leave extra space between vehicles

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  • Put down the cell phone and avoid distractions
  • Put your phone on ‘do not disturb’ while driving
  • Finish your morning routine before you hit the road. Don't wait until you're on the highway to eat breakfast or check your traffic apps.

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Slow down for lights or flares.

Emergency vehicles may have to ‘split traffic’ by traveling down the center of the lanes when they are responding.

  • Turn off your radio
  • Roll your windows down
  • Listen for direction


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  • Caltrans road conditions are updated in real time
  • 511.org

be prepared backpackHave emergency supplies in your vehicle, in case you are stuck on the highway for an extended amount of time.


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The focus of this class is to teach senior and adult residents how to prepare for disasters. 

Program topics include: 

  • Bay Area Risks & Emergency Procedures
    Disaster risks we face in the San Francisco Bay Area
    How to respond to earthquakes, wilfires, and floods
  • Make A Plan
    Develope a Personal Support Network
    Deciding to evacuate or shelter in place
  • Get A Kit
    Learn about what to include in your disaster supply kit for your home and automobile
  • Stay Informed
    Learn how to register and receive emergency alerts
    Lear how to gain access to important infromation during and after a disaster

This program lasts approximately 1 hour. 

To schedule this program,

< Request Be Ready: Seniors Prepared Program (select Guest Speaker Request)

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:

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

2019 CERT Academy Schedule
TO REGISTER for a CERT Academy: Click on a "city/town CERT" link below

(408) 808-7800 or cert@sccfd.org


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

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.

EmergPrepRoadEmergency Preparedness topics include:

  • 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 

2019 PEP Class Schedule
TO REGISTER: Click on a date below

  • January 8 - Tuesday, 6:00 - 9:15 pm • Campbell
  • February 23 - Saturday, 9:00 - 12:15 pm • Los Altos Hills
  • March 19 - Tuesday, 4:00 - 7:15 pm • Los Altos
  • April 20 - Saturday, 9:00 - 12:15pm • Saratoga
  • May 9 - Thursday, 4:00 - 7:15pm • Los Gatos/Monte Sereno
  • June 12 - Wednesday, 4:00 - 7:15pm • Campbell
  • July 25 - Thursday, 6:00 - 9:15pm • Los Altos Hills
  • August 24 - Saturday, 9:00 - 12:15pm • Cupertino
  • September 19 - Thursday, 6:00 - 9:15pm • Los Altos
  • October 9 - Wednesday, 6:00 - 9:15pm • Los Gatos/Monte Sereno
  • November 14 - Thursday, 6:00 - 9:15pm • Saratoga
  • December 3 - Tuesday, 6:00 - 9:15pm • Cupertino

(408) 378-4010 or communityoutreach@sccfd.org

 For additional resources and information, visit the Home Preparedness Planning page. 

Businesses can prepare for the impact of the many hazards they face in today's world including natural hazards like floods, earthquakes and widespread serious illness such as the H1N1 flu virus pandemic. Human-caused hazards include accidents, acts of violence by people and acts of terrorism.

If you are not sure whether your property or business is at risk from a disaster caused natural hazards, be sure to check the MyHazards website.

California Office of Emergency Services (CalOES) Resources

Develop a Business Preparedness Plan, Protect Property, State Emergency's Plan, Available Grants, 9-1-1 Information

Active Shooter Awareness Guidance Document  (CalOES)

FEMA's Ready Campaign

FEMA 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)

SBA provides resources to businesses to 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.