National Preparedness Month!
The recognition is designed to encourage Americans to take simple steps to prepare for emergencies in their homes, businesses, and communities. Whether it's September or any other month of the year, disasters can strike at any time without warning. Cal OES encourages all Californians to be prepared for when - not if - the next emergency will occur.
How prepared are you? This page contains a collection of documents, links and videos, all in one place to help make it easier for you to get prepared.
NEWS: Governor Gavin Newsom Issues a Proclamation Declaring Preparedness Month
Cal OES Director Mark Ghilarducci
Welcomes You to Preparedness Month
Preparedness is everyone's job. Not just government agencies but all sectors of society -- individuals, families, businesses, industry associations, neighborhood associations, civic and volunteer groups should plan ahead for disaster. During the first few hours or days following a disaster, essential services may not be available. People must be ready to act on their own. Visit the 10 Ways to Be Prepared and get ready with us!Visite al 10 Maneras de Estar Preparados y prepárate con nosotros!
Make a Plan! Create Your Family Emergency Communication PlanReady-Family Communications Plan for Parents
Emergencies and disasters can be scary for adults, but they can also be scary for children. There are ways to help you stay safe before, during, and even after a disaster. Getting kids involved with emergency plans, practicing fire drills, or putting together a family disaster supply kit can help.Tips to help teach kids emergency preparedness and help them understand what to expect before, during, and after a disaster:
Create an emergency supplies kit. Include a three-day supply of water, nonperishable food, flashlights, blankets and kid-friendly activities.
Practice your emergency plan. Include two evacuation routes, a safe room and two different meet-up locations — and make sure kids can run through it calmly. Practice your emergency plan.
Run through the basics. Kids should know how to call 9-1-1, identify themselves, identify their location, reach emergency contacts and get to predetermined safe locations.Here are some games and tools to help learn about disasters and how to be better prepared. You can even learn how to make your own emergency plan with your family.
Design a coloring book: Smokey for Kids
Create your own story: Smokey the Bear Story Maker
Resources for Parents: Family Readiness Kit
Play games to practice preparing for a disaster: Ready Kids
When we think of emergency preparedness we usually make plans for ourselves, our family and our neighbors. But we need to remember our other important members of the family…our pets.
Preparing your pet before, during and after an emergency is very similar to preparing ourselves. One of the most important steps of pet emergency preparedness is to have a plan. Taking into account the type of animal you have, the risks your household are vulnerable to and your pet’s needs is a great starting place to building your pet emergency preparedness plan.
Here are some general tips to get your pet emergency ready:
Make sure your pet has tags with contact information
Keep a current photo of your pet and animal records
Be familiar with local shelters. This may come in handy in case your pet goes missing
Make sure you have an emergency kit for your pet. Items in the kit should include pet food, water, medications, veterinary records, blankets, etc.
Have an animal carrier and leash
More resources to help you create your purrrfect preparedness plan for your pet!
Prep Your Pet
Ready.gov - Pets and Animals
Include Your Pets in Disaster Preparedness Planning
Pet Owners Tip Sheet
Listos California is transforming disaster preparedness with accessible, in-language and culturally competent resources, as well as a strong statewide network of trusted local messengers. Based on an investment of public funds by Governor Gavin Newsom and state lawmakers, this campaign is focused directly on engaging and readying our most diverse and vulnerable populations for disasters like wildfires, earthquakes and floods, and now public health emergencies like the COVID-19 pandemic.
Disaster Ready GuideDisaster Ready Guide en españolLUS HMOOB
California tiene varios riesgos tal como temblores, incendios forestales, tormentas fuertes y no sabemos cuándo ocurrirá el próximo desastre. Por eso es importante tomar medidas para prepararnos antes de que un desastre ocurra. Para más información y recursos en español, visite www.caloes.ca.gov/espanol
Knowing how to react and respond in a time of crisis can go a long way to keeping you and your students out of harm’s way. Whether in day care, K-12 or a college/university, school emergency preparedness efforts and emergency plans help to keep students and staff safe. We have provided videos, information, tools, and resources to assist in planning and preparing for an emergency or disaster.
School Emergency Planning & Safety
Businesses can do much to prepare for the impact of the many hazards they face in today's world including natural hazards like floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes and widespread serious illness such as the COVID-19 pandemic.
Five steps to develop you business preparedness program
Check out these videos featuring some familiar faces. We have more planning and preparedness videos on our YouTube page HERE. Topics include: Access and Functional Needs, Pet Preparedness, Kids, Covid-19, Prep and Emergency Kits, Earthquakes, Wildfires, Defensible Space, Home Preparation, Sheltering, Evacuations, Active Shooters, MyShake, and more.
Stay informed of emergency situations, such as earthquakes, wildfires, or other disasters, by receiving alerts on your mobile devices. Register to receive Wireless Emergency Alerts when there is an imminent threat. Click HERE and select the county you would like to receive alerts.
Take advantage of earthquake early warning technology by downloading the MyShake App to receive alerts. You can also download at the Apple App Store and Google Play. The app is also available in Spanish.
ASPCA Pet Preparedness Checklist
Financial Disaster Checklist
Commuter Emergency Plan
Family Communication Plan / Fillable Card
Family Emergency Plan for Your Wallet
Important Document Checklist
Disaster Safety for Children
A ‘Go Bag’ Can Make All the Difference in an Emergency
Family Emergency Kit Checklist
Emergency Preparedness: Are You Ready for a Disaster?
How to Create a Family Emergency Plan
Know Your Alerts and Warnings
Emergency Financial First Aid Kit
Document and Insure Your Property