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Disaster Preparedness

The Mountain View Fire Department Office of Emergency Services (OES) is responsible for helping city employees, residents, businesses and schools prepare for, respond to and recover from emergencies and disasters, both natural and man-made.

Duties of the Office of Emergency Services include:

  • Preparing the city by maintaining the city’s Emergency Plan and Emergency Operations Center (EOC), and designing and conducting drills and exercises.
  • Training all city staff on the Standardized Emergency Management System (SEMS) and personal preparedness, as well as recruiting and training members of the city Emergency Response Team (ERT).
  • Planning and coordinating response for emergencies with other local jurisdictions and Regional, State and Federal Agencies is also facilitated by OES.
  • Serving as a resource for schools, businesses, community groups, service organizations and neighborhood associations, providing information, training, assisting with exercises and participating in community events.
  • Conducting Community Emergency Response Team  (CERT) training to prepare individuals to assist in disaster recovery on teams and with neighborhood groups.  Training and certification is offered to individuals, organizations, school districts, companies and neighborhood groups.
  • Assisting in the formation of Neighborhood CERT Groups which support the CERT program with information to residents and periodic exercises to practice and maintain CERT skills.  When 911 services are not available in a disaster, neighborhood groups can be critical in collecting and relaying neighborhood needs to the city’s Emergency Operating Center.

Resources For Preparing For The Next Disaster

If you are looking to create a DISASTER SUPPLY KIT for you and your family please click here for a checklist of items that we recommend having.

Below is short video on why drop, cover and hold on is so important to remember during an earthquake.





For more information on how to protect yourself and your family during the next earthquake please visit http://www.earthquakecountry.info/dropcoverholdon/


If you have additional questions about how to prepare for a disaster, please contact OES Coordinator, Lynn Brown, at 650-903-6825.