Posted on: September 6, 2017

National Preparedness Month


This September, National Preparedness Month (NPM) will focus on planning, with an overarching theme "Disasters Don't Plan Ahead. You Can."

We should all take action to prepare! We are all able to help first responders in our community by training how to respond during an emergency and what to do when disaster strikes - where we live, work, and visit. The goal of NPM is to increase the overall number of individuals, families, and communities that engage in preparedness actions at home, work, business, school, and place of worship. Below are two proactive ways you can be prepared for an emergency: 

1. The ReadySCC - Santa Clara County app will help you prepare and plan for how to respond to a disaster in your area.

Using the ReadySCC - Santa Clara County app, you will be able to:

  • Share your status with your selected contacts with the push of a button.
  • Receive critical emergency alerts via push notification. 
  • Locate Santa Clara County's emergency shelters.
  • View up-to-date evacuation route maps.
  • Get the latest news and weather for the Santa Clara County area. 
  • Create a personalized Emergency Preparedness Plan by answering five basic questions. 

Once Your Plan is generated, it is stored on your smartphone and can easily be shared with family members and friends. Your Plan comprises:

  • An Emergency Supply Kit Checklist tailored to your needs.
  • A Customized Emergency Food Supply Shopping List.
  • An Emergency Communications Plan to notify your loved ones of your status
  • Critical information to prepare your home for impending disaster.

Learn about the various emergency situations that Santa Clara County residents are most likely to face in integrated eGuides.





2. AlertSCC is a free, easy, and confidential way for anyone who lives or works in Santa Clara County to get emergency warnings sent directly to their cell phone, mobile device, email, or landline. AlertSCC can reach you wherever you are to provide information and instructions in a variety of emergency situations, which may include:

  • Flooding, wildfires and subsequent evacuations
  • Public safety incidents, including crimes, that immediately affect your neighborhood
  • Post-disaster information about shelters, transportation, or supplies


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