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Being Prepared

There are a multitude of threats that we all face but some of them are more significant than others.  While California is famous for its earthquakes, there are many different types of emergencies that everyone needs to be able to deal with here in San Jose, including but not limited to:

  • Earthquakes

  • Flooding

  • Heat waves

  • Loss of utilities

  • Cold snaps

  • Wildfires

  • Terrorism


Fortunately preparing for one disaster mostly prepares you for the others as well.  While most of us have spent the time making an emergency kit, few people keep on top of them to ensure the food is edible, batteries workings, water is fresh, the clothes fit, and medications haven't expired.

During an emergency, everyone is expected to be able to take care of their own basic needs (food shelter, water, clothing, and basic first aid) for at least 72 hours.  You should expect that all services including water, electricity, natural gas, police, fire, and medical will be unable to provide timely assistance regardless of the severity of your needs and you are expected to prepare accordingly.

For information on how to prepare yourself and your family please check out the resources below.

  • How to make a go bag.

  • How to secure your home and office.

  • What should be in my emergency kit?

  • How to make a disaster plan for my family.

Emergency Radio Stations

The following radio stations broadcast emergency information: 

  • KCBS - AM 740

  • KGO - AM 810

  • KLIV - AM 1590 

  • KQED - FM 88.5

  • KSOL - FM 98.9 (Spanish)

  • KSJX - AM 1500 (Vietnamese) 




Santa Clara ARES/RACES provides alternate communications channels during emergencies.  For information on ARES/RACES channels please see:


San Jose OEM

The City of San Jose Office of Emergency Management coordinates public outreach for disaster preparedness for residents of San Jose.  For information on services, training, and preparing yourself for emergencies please see:


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.   To sign up and find out more information see:

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