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855 N. San Pedro St.
San Jose, CA 95110

Ph: (408) 794-7055

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Safety Tips
Stay Safe During an Emergency
A power outage is just one type of emergency that can occur in San José. When the power is out for a long period of time, as in any emergency, requests for fire, police, medical, and other public services will begin to mount. At some point, the increased demand for services could result in delayed response times.

For this reason, every resident should learn to be self-reliant in any emergency. Even though rotating power outages typically last only a few hours, individuals living in earthquake-prone zones should be prepared to be independent for 72 hours or longer.

The City of San José, State of California, American Red Cross, Federal Emergency Management Agency, and Pacific Gas and Electric Company have provided Emergency Safety Tips to help you in an emergency.

Emergency Supply Kit 
Citizens should maintain an emergency supply kit for your home, office, and/or car including in the following items:
  • Battery-powered radio, flashlights, and batteries
  • Extra set of car keys
  • Supply of easy-to-prepare, nonperishable foods (packaged snacks, fruits, water, and juices)
  • Manual can opener
  • Windup or battery-operated clock
  • Cash, coins, and credit cards
  • Change of clothing, rain gear, and sturdy shoes
  • Blankets or sleeping bags
  • If you have a baby, include extra diapers and other infant care items 
  • First aid kit
  • Essential medicines and prescription information
  • Names, addresses, and telephone numbers of doctors and pharmacist
  • Extra pair of glasses, hearing aid batteries, extra wheelchair batteries, oxygen, medication, catheters, food for guide or service dogs, or other special equipment you might need
  • List of the style and serial numbers of medical devices such as pacemakers