No one knows when disaster will strike. The City of Los Altos encourages residents to be prepared - whether the emergency is as simple as a power outage, or as serious as a major earthquake.
Residents are advised to prepare to be without basic services - water, gas, electricity, phone service - for up to 72 hours, as emergency resources may be overwhelmed in the event of a large-scale emergency. By gathering basic supplies  and developing basic emergency preparedness skills, residents can allow for emergency services to be used by those who need it most.
Emergency Preparedness Classes
The City of Los Altos offers residents a free Personal Emergency Preparedness class designed to teach residents how to cope in the event of a disaster. The class emphasizes skills needed in order to be self-sufficient during the first 72 hours following a disaster or until emergency relief is available.
Find more emergency preparedness resources at the following websites:
- Santa Clara County - Office of Emergency Services 
- Santa Clara County - Essential Emergency Supplies 
- AlertSCC - Santa Clara County Emergency Alert System 
- American Red Cross 
- 72 Hour Preparedness 
- FEMA - Ready 
- Emergency Preparedness & Response - Center for Disease Control 
- Disability Information - Emergency Preparedness