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A time to be safe and plan accordingly. by Dana Hartzell

September is National Preparedness Month

Our wonderful local Santa Clara County Fire Department has been posting informative information on Nextdoor about being prepared for any emergency or disaster.  Much of what is shared here is from these posts, with some added parts for our own Park.
This year's theme is: "Disasters Don't Plan Ahead. You Can." Hurricane Harvey and Irma (plus major earthquakes in Mexico) remind us of the importance of coming together as a family & community to prepare. The first week of National Preparedness Month was focused on making a plan for yourself, your family and friends. Things to think about:

  • How you will receive emergency alerts and warnings?
  • How you will shelter your family?
  • What are the available evacuation routes?
  • How you will communicate with family in the event of a disaster? Consider specific needs of your family and household.
Fill out a family emergency plan and practice that plan with everyone in your household. Find more resources at
Did you know that the Santa Clara County Fire Department provides Personal Emergency Preparedness (PEP) training classes to better prepare residents? For more information or to find a PEP training class in your area, visit
The second week of National Preparedness Month focused on how you can "Plan to Help Your Neighbor and Community." Your neighbor may have to rely on you (or vice versa) after an emergency. Will you be ready?

The most resilient neighborhoods during disaster are those who form a strong community before an emergency happens, through social interactions and preparedness planning. Learning simple skills together, like how to shut off utilities, and planning to check on neighbors who need assistance can make the greatest difference in the hours and days following a disaster.

Joining your local Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) is a great way to form a strong and resilient neighborhood, and a way to give back to our community during times of crisis. For more information on CERT teams in the communities served by Santa Clara County Fire Department, or to register to join your local CERT team, visit
The next CERT training class is in Los Gatos in October – just next moth!  There are two members of our Chemeketa Park community who are CERT trained, and we are looking for more!  If you have already taken the training please contact Dana Hartzell at the Chemeketa Park website email so we can add you to our list.  We would also like to know if there are any doctors and/or nurses in the community we could connect with in the event of a disaster.
Here is the schedule for the rest of National Preparedness Month:
  • Week 1:  September 1-9                        Make a Plan for Yourself, Family and Friends
  • Week 2:  September 10-16                    Plan to Help Your Neighbor and Community
  • Week 3:  September 17-23                    Practice and Build Out Your Plans
  • Week 4:  September 24-30                    Get Involved! Be a Part of Something Larger
For more information on National Preparedness Month go to
Our local FireSafe Council has offered to set up a couple of workshops for our community to assist us in setting up an evacuation plan.  The purpose of the workshops would be:
  • Collect information on evacuation routes and preparation.
  • Provide your input to our evacuation signage plan (arrows on signs and on the ground).
  • Facilitate discussions about who can help in your neighborhood “pod” in the event of an evacuation; knowing you may not be able to get home to gather belongings, family, pets, etc.  This discussion would offer an experienced point of view on how to make good choices in your preparation.
  • Tips and the necessity to keep vegetation on your property clear.

The dates for the workshops will be finalized shortly.  FireSafe Council members plan to visit us during our Oktoberfest event in the Park, which will be held Sunday, October 22nd.  Please stop by and hear about the upcoming workshops.
Please use this month to prepare for your family and your neighbors.  With the news of hurricanes and the recent thunderstorms which sparked several small wildfires, not to mention the dramatic fire season we have had, and, the prospects of an earthquake, now is the time to be prepared. 

Don’t wait.

Let your neighbors know about the newsletter. They can sign up online on the Chemeketa Park Subscribe page.
Just a supplemental note based on safety. The next regular quarterly newsletter is due in early November.
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