Emergencies can happen anytime of the day or night, every single day of the year. We understand that getting prepared for such an enormous impact to your life is overwhelming. So much so, it’s almost impossible to know where to start. We’ve compiled a list of resources that will help you down this important path.

As we look back on 2022 and look forward for 2023 we see the many  challenges from a  preparedness perspective. Last year and already this  has brought out more active and intense hurricanes, horrendous and frequent wild fires,  flooding in many parts of California and the country, while still dealing of the COVID-19 spread These events which are unfolding have certainly reminded us all about the importance of preparedness. The addition of preparedness into our day-to-day lives is crucial as the impact of a hurricane, pandemic, etc. may be less harmful to those who resolve to be ready. After all failing to prepare is preparing to fail.  Check out this nice reminder checklist.

For CERTs in Los Altos we have gotten back to normal with in-person classes and drills.  It’s time to do a review of our actions in the event of an emergency.  For your convenience we have put together a one page summary of actions CERTs and hams should be taking.  Please review the Emergency Preparedness and Response for hams and CERTs

Know your Household

Knowing your household is one of the best ways you can prepare to respond appropriately in case of an emergency. Aspects of your home you should think about:

  • Heavy objects hanging over beds that may fall during an earthquake

  • Being able to locate and shut off your main water line

  • Knowing where the main gas shut off valve is located

  • Being able to safely restart your furnace

What To Keep At Hand

One of the most important steps you can take to prepare for an emergency is to make sure you have important items nearby or safely stored. Some of these items are:

  • Duplicate keys

  • Copies of important insurance and other papers stored outside the home

  • Emergency cash

  • First aid kit

  • Shoes by your bed for quick access

  • Flashlight

Family Organization

In case of emergency, you want to know you and your family are on the same page about several issues.

  • Make sure everyone is aware of fire escape routes

  • Given the need to evacuate your home, establish a meeting place

  • Choose an out-of-state contact

Prolonged Emergency

Sometimes emergencies can last for days before help is available to you and your family. If an emergency lasted for 72 hours, it is especially useful to keep the following in mind:

  • Sufficient food, as well as water for drinking, cooking and sanitary needs

  • Supply of medications that you may need

Emergency Preparedness Presentation

“Be “”Red Cross Ready”” for an emergency by following our easy 3 steps to preparedness. We understand getting prepared may sound difficult or time consuming, but with a little help from us, it’s actually very doable. Learn by watching our video today! For more information on emergency preparedness, please visit .



A new video produced by a survivor of the fire, Christopher Allan Smith, to help civilians, responders and government agencies. Prepare to help yourself because first responders will likely be overwhelmed.

Prepare, plan, stay informed



Prepare for all kinds of emergencies.