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When the lights go out, are you ready?

As California continues to deal with longer, hotter summers as well as growing threat of wildfires as a result of climate change, everyone living in our state should take steps now to prepare themselves and their families for events like a Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) or rolling blackouts ... read the full article here: http://www.oesnews.com/power-outage-preparedness-are-you-ready/ #CERTcohort




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Prepare for Wildfires


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After a Wildfire


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Wildfires are unplanned fires that burn in natural areas like forests, grasslands or prairies. These dangerous fires spread quickly and can devastate not only wildfire and natural areas, but also communities.


Prepare for Wildfires

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Recognize Warnings and Alerts

  • Have several ways to receive alerts. Download the FEMA app and receive real-time alerts from the National Weather Service for up to five locations nationwide. Sign up for community alerts in your area and be aware of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA)- which requires no-sign up.
  • Sign up for email updates and follow the latest guidelines about coronavirus from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and your local authorities to prevent the spread of COVID-19. 
  • Pay attention to air quality alerts.

Continue > Full Wildfire Prep details here


What is the most important choice you can make about storing anything to Prep for the next Big Earthquake?


Store Water, a lot of it.


Many agencies urge to save 3 days of water 1 gal per person per day. This is super inadequate but better than nothing. Folks forget to include their pets in Water storage calculations. 1 pet could easily = 1 adult in required water units of water per day.


If you do some simple math, in any severe earthquake for instance - if local water supplies are cutoff, and roads and any local runways at the nearest airport(s) are severely damaged - water trucks will not be delivering emergency water to communities.


C130 tankers will not be flying in water supplies to communities ANY TIME SOON after a major quake.



How to enroll in Alert Santa Clara County

Emergency Alerts, Storm Info etc

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The Santa Clara Fire Department offers Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training, a program on how to respond to the effects of an earthquake. This training focuses on how neighbors can help neighbors after an earthquake or disaster. For more information regarding the Santa Clara CERT Program or earthquake preparedness, call 408-615-4940.

To learn how you can register for CERT or find a program near you, please contact your local emergency manager or

FEMA at FEMA-Prepare@fema.dhs.gov

Find Your Local Citizen Corps Cohort

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Check out a preparedness webinar at FEMA

CERT Cohort is based in Santa Clara California
Follow us on Twitter @CERTcohort

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Is your home in a FEMA Flood Zone?
If your property is in an area shown on FEMA’s flood maps, you are at high risk for flooding during a 1 percent flood event, or a flood that has a 1 percent chance of occurring in any given year. While the chances may seem slim, the real odds of a 1 percent flood are greater than one in four during the term of a 30-year mortgage.

Check whether your house is in a FEMA designated flood zone: https://msc.fema.gov/portal



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  Special Needs Assistance in a disaster
The Santa Clara Fire Department maintains an innovative medical database program. The program provides information to Santa Clara Fire Department personnel that will enable them to render more efficient customer service to citizens with special needs. Information on individuals who use life and health sustaining medical equipment is especially important in these times of potential electric blackouts..read more

Pets In Cold Weather

Wet weather, windy conditions and cold temperatures create an unsafe situation for your four-legged family members. When frightened, pets have a tendency to get disoriented.

The Santa Clara Police Department advises residents to take precautions to keep your companion safe and secure. Read these steps to care for your pets in cold weather.


Seniors and Special Needs Assistance and

Pet-friendly Shelters

A storm plan: New research creates model to help plan for special needs, pet-friendly shelters

Senior citizens often don’t evacuate during major storms because of pets or special needs. Now, a FAMU-FSU College of Engineering researcher has developed a new model for local governments or relief organizations to quickly determine which regular shelters could be repurposed into special needs or pet-friendly shelters. read more



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