Los Gatos Prepared 

Los Gatos Prepared Empowering Community Self-Sufficiency towards the ultimate goal of every resident and business in Los Gatos having the awareness, skills, and resources necessary to be self-sufficient in the event of an  earthquake, fire, flood, or possible flu pandemic

October is Los Gatos Prepared/Emergency Preparedness Month
The Town of Los Gatos, Los Gatos-Monte Sereno Police Department, and Los Gatos-Monte Sereno CERT join together as part of Los Gatos Prepared month to raise awareness and encourage the local community to take simple steps to prepare for emergencies in their homes and businesses.

Los Gatos Prepared Events for 2018 Include:

October 17th
Coffee with a Cop – Philz Coffee on Los Gatos Blvd. 7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. - Emergency Preparedness Display

October 28th 
Farmers Market, Emergency Preparedness Display, Town Plaza Park, 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

October 22nd – November 10th
Los Gatos-Monte Sereno CERT Academy starts. Register to attend by visiting https://www.eventbrite.com/e/los-gatosmonte-sereno-community-emergency-response-team-cert-academy-tickets-39563981935?aff=es2\ 

November 3rd
Los Gatos-Monte Sereno CERT Teams will be observing or participating in a CERT Drill followed by a Meet and Greet. Pre-registration is required to participate in the drill

As part of the Drill CERT Teams will:

  • Open the Neighborhood NICP’s and Communicate with the Los Gatos Emergency Operations Center (EOC)
  • Small scale canvas of the neighborhoods to practice radio communication and triaging a neighborhood
  • CERT members are invited to participate at designated NICP or observe at the Los Gatos EOC (RSVP’s are requested)
  • Notification and drill information will be sent out via Alert SCC
  • Please bring your helmet and vest. Helmets and vests will be provided to the new CERT members

If you are currently a CERT Member, please register to attend by October 29, 2018 at Eventbrite. Drill information will be provided to all registered CERT Members.

Pet Prepared – Caring for your Pets in the Event of a Disaster

If you are like millions of animal owners nationwide, your pet is an important member of your household. Unfortunately, animals are also affected by disaster.

The likelihood that you and your animals will survive an emergency depends largely on emergency planning done today. Whether you decide to stay put in an emergency or evacuate to a safer location, you will need to make plans in advance for your pets. Keep in mind that what's best for you is typically what's best for your animals.

If you evacuate your home, DO NOT LEAVE YOUR PETS BEHIND! Pets most likely cannot survive on their own and if by some remote chance they do, you may not be able to find them when you return.
If you are going to a public shelter, it is important to understand that animals may not be allowed inside. Plan in advance for shelter alternatives that will work for both you and your pets; consider loved ones or friends outside of your immediate area who would be willing to host you and your pets in an emergency.

Make a back-up emergency plan in case you can't care for your animals yourself. Develop a buddy system with neighbors, friends and relatives to make sure that someone is available to care for or evacuate your pets if you are unable to do so. Be prepared to improvise and use what you have on hand to make it on your own for at least three days, maybe longer.

Guidelines for Pets

Plan for pet needs during a disaster by:

  • Identifying shelter. For public health reasons, many emergency shelters cannot accept pets. Find out which motels and hotels in the area you plan to evacuate to allow pets well in advance of needing them. Include your local animal shelter's number in your list of emergency numbers. They might be able to provide information concerning pets during a disaster.
  • Take pet food, bottled water, medications, veterinary records, cat litter/pan, manual can opener, food dishes, first aid kit and other supplies with you in case they're not available later. Before you find yourself in an emergency situation, consider packing a "pet survival" kit which could be easily deployed if disaster hits.
  • Make sure identification tags are up-to-date and securely fastened to your pet's collar. If possible, attach the address and/or phone number of your evacuation site. If your pet gets lost, his tag is his ticket home.
  • Make sure you have a current photo of your pet for identification purposes.
  • Make sure you have a secure pet carrier, leash or harness for your pet so that if he panics, he can't escape.

Prepare Shelter for Your Pet

Take the following steps to prepare to shelter your pet:
  • Call your local emergency management office, animal shelter or animal control office to get advice and information.
  • If you are unable to return to your home right away, you may need to board your pet. Find out where pet boarding facilities are located. Be sure to research some outside your local area in case local facilities close.
  • Most boarding kennels, veterinarians and animal shelters will need your pet's medical records to make sure all vaccinations are current. Include copies in your "pet survival" kit along with a photo of your pet.
  • Some animal shelters will provide temporary foster care for owned pets in times of disaster but this should be considered only as a last resort.
  • If you have no alternative but to leave your pet at home, there are some precautions you must take, but remember that leaving your pet at home alone can place your animal in great danger! Confine your pet to a safe area inside - NEVER leave your pet chained outside! Leave them loose inside your home with food and plenty of water. Remove the toilet tank lid, raise the seat and brace the bathroom door open so they can drink. Place a notice outside in a visible area, advising what pets is in the house and where they are located. Provide a phone number where you or a contact can be reached as well as the name and number of your vet.

Protect Your Pet during a Disaster

Take the following steps to protect your pet during a disaster:
  • Bring your pets inside immediately.
  • Have newspapers on hand for sanitary purposes. Feed the animal’s moist or canned food so they will need less water to drink.
  • Animals have instincts about severe weather changes and will often isolate themselves if they are afraid. Bringing them inside early can stop them from running away. Never leave a pet outside or tied up during a storm.
  • Separate dogs and cats. Even if your dogs and cats normally get along, the anxiety of an emergency situation can cause pets to act irrationally. Keep small pets away from cats and dogs.
  • In an emergency, you may have to take your birds with you. Talk with your veterinarian or local pet store about special food dispensers that regulate the amount of food a bird is given. Make sure that the bird is caged and the cage is covered by a thin cloth or sheet to provide security and filtered light.

Caring for Your Pet after a Disaster

Below are a few steps you may want to take to care for your pet after a disaster:
  • If after a disaster you have to leave town, take your pets with you. Pets are unlikely to survive on their own.
  • In the first few days after the disaster, leash your pets when they go outside. Always maintain close contact. Familiar scents and landmarks may be altered and your pet may become confused and lost. Also, snakes and other dangerous animals may be brought into the area with flood areas. Downed power lines are a hazard.
  • The behavior of your pets may change after an emergency. Normally quiet and friendly pets may become aggressive or defensive. Watch animals closely. Leash dogs and place them in a fenced yard with access to shelter and water.

Guidelines for Large Animals

If you have large animals such as horses, cattle, sheep, goats or pigs on your property, be sure to prepare before a disaster.
  • Ensure all animals have some form of identification.
  • Evacuate animals whenever possible. Map out primary and secondary routes in advance. 
  • Make available vehicles and trailers needed for transporting and supporting each type of animal. Also make available experienced handlers and drivers. Note: It is best to allow animals a chance to become accustomed to vehicular travel so they are less frightened and easier to move.
  • Ensure destinations have food, water, veterinary care and handling equipment.
  • If evacuation is not possible, animal owners must decide whether to move large animals to shelter or turn them outside.

Related Websites

  • Find pet-friendly hotels, bed and breakfasts and campgrounds throughout the United States and Canada: http://www.gopetfriendly.com/

Safe at School Program
In partnership with the Los Gatos Monte-Sereno Police Department, our schools currently provide an Emergency Operations Plan, they use the FEMA approved Incident Command System for their crisis management team, and provide periodic training and practice for their teachers, staff, and students.

The Los Gatos-Monte Sereno Police Department has provided guidance to our schools in the planning and implementation of their emergency preparedness plans, as part of our Los Gatos Prepared program, the Department has provided our public and private schools with an Emergency or Disaster Information page, a Family Emergency Communication Plan, and information on How to be Prepared for Natural Disasters.

The information below has been distributed to our local schools both public and private and is available to our community.

How to Be Prepared for Natural Disaster

Emergency/Disaster Information

Family Emergency Communication Plan

Emergency Preparedness Information for Older Americans and Special Needs
Each person's needs and abilities are unique, but every individual can take important steps to prepare for all kinds of emergencies and put plans in place. By evaluating your own personal needs and making an emergency plan, you can be better prepared for any situation. A commitment to planning today will help you prepare for any emergency situation. Preparing makes sense. Get ready now. 
Older Americans and Special Needs Emergency Preparedness Plan
Please visit the "Are you Prepared?" section below for more information about putting together a 72 hour emergency kit and emergency preparedness tips.

Are You Prepared?


Disaster Distress - Mental Health Information

When disaster strikes, often people react with increased anxiety, worry, and anger. With support from community and family, most of us bounce back. However, some may need extra assistance to cope with unfolding events and uncertainties.

Please visit https://www.samhsa.gov/  for addtional information and resources related to disaster behavioral health.

Download the SAMHSA Flyer

Other Related Links

211 Santa Clara County

Earthquakes, Wildfire, Flooding, Utility Service Interruptions.... Are YOU at risk?

The Santa Clara County Local Planning Team with representatives from the Town of Los Gatos identified 25 possible hazard threats within the county boundary. Santa Clara County’s Office of Emergency Services is collaborating with the incorporated cities to update the countywide local hazard mitigation plan. This plan outlines mechanisms for increasing our community’s resiliency to natural hazard events.

Hazard “mitigation” is defined as "sustained action taken to reduce or eliminate the long-term risk to human life and property from natural, human-caused, and technological hazards and their effects."

The local hazard mitigation plan will be an annex to the regional plan titled "Taming Natural Disasters: Multi-Jurisdictional Local Hazard Mitigation Plan for the San Francisco Bay Area". The current plan may be viewed at: Plan Chapters Information 
If you have any questions regarding the hazard mitigation plan update, you may contact Corinne Bartshire at (510) 834-3326 or cbartshire@dewberry.com.