Emergency preparedness class Thursday in Saratoga

Person dies in vehicle fire near Cupertino cement plantFile photo from the Santa Clara County Fire Department.

One West Valley community is working to ensure residents are prepared in case disaster strikes. While another fire season is mostly behind us, earthquakes and other unforeseen events could cause major disruptions to families, businesses, and government operations.

Santa Clara County’s Fire Department is set to host a free workshop this week in Saratoga to help residents plan and prepare for emergency and disaster scenarios, situations where it could take several days for emergency services to arrive.

The free session, part of a monthly series across the West Valley, is set for the Joan Pisani Community Center’s Multi-Purpose Room, 19655 Allendale Ave., in Saratoga.

The session will run from 6 to 9:15 p.m. on Thursday, November 14, and attendees are advised to arrive a few minutes in advance for parking and sign-in.

Attendees will learn how to prepare a disaster supply kit, some basic first aid, how to prevent fires and use extinguishers, and how to plan for home and workplace responses.

Space is limited and attendees are encouraged to reserve a space. For more information on this event, and to reserve a spot, click here.