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Let Mexico's Disastrous Earthquake Serve as a Reminder to be Prepared

The City of Cupertino has a wealth of information, classes and resources to help its residents be prepared and safe in the event of disaster.

Tuesday’s 7.4 earthquake in Mexico serves as a good reminder of being prepared here at home in Cupertino. There are lots of resources available through the city and beyond; many are free and could save a life.

Here are some things to consider:

If you are a senior citizen, consider attending the “Earthquake Ready and Home Safety” class at the Cupertino Senior Center on Wednesday, March 21, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. The class is taught by Beverly Tallinger, a City of Cupertino CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) volunteer and a senior center member. Tallinger’s presentation includes earthquake and fire safety. Free for Center members, $5 for guests on a day pass. Sign up is at the lobby table.

Download the City’s free “Ready 95014” iPhone/iPad app to get safety information at your fingertips. The app provides best practices during an emergency as well as live streams of Cupertino’s AM radio station, plus area resource centers that would open following a disaster. Follow the link here to download the app.

Register your residence with Santa Clara Couny Alert SCC, the county’s emergency alert system that allows local officials to contact residents in the event of emergencies.

Remember Fido and Fluffy and review the City’s Pet Disaster Safety presentation, attached to this article in a PDF. Or visit the City’s website for a rich list of helpful tips and services links.

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