Monday, September 11, 2006


Los Gatos Prepared

The only disaster in Los Gatos over the weekend was the possibility of running out of lobster at the wildly successful Claws for a Cause event sponsored by the Los Gatos Morning Rotary Club. Emergency avoided – all of the hundreds of people who attended got enough to eat! But the fact is that a disaster could occur at any time, especially in Earthquake Country. Of course today, on the 5th anniversary of September 11th, we have a different kind of disaster on our minds. There are lots of possible big-scale emergencies that could happen, and that is why I am so proud that the Town of Los Gatos is launching a public education/outreach project called “Los Gatos Prepared.” I am proclaiming October as Los Gatos Prepared Month and we will have information and displays throughout the town. We are encouraging neighborhoods to have get-togethers on October 17th [the anniversary of the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake] and Town staff and/or volunteers will be available to come by and provide detailed info on how to be self sufficient for at least 71 hours after an earthquake or two to four weeks in the event of a pandemic flu. Some neighborhoods are already organizing pot lucks, BBQs, and ice cream socials. More information is available on the town website

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