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Get Ready California. 

The California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) encourages all Californians to take simple steps to prepare for emergencies in their homes, businesses, and communities. Disasters can strike at any time without warning.

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 for when - not if - the next emergency will occur. 

September is National Preparedness Month!

Video Message from Lori Nezhura, Deputy Director

Planning, Preparedness, and Prevention

Get Ready Everyone!

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!​

We ALL Play A Part...Here's Where To Start...

Ready California? Have a plan

Make a Plan!
Create Your Family Emergency Communication Plan
Ready-Family Communications Plan for Parents

Learn To Build Your Kit

Build a Prep Kit

A "Build a Preparedness Kit"

It’s Scary Simple FEMA:
Having Extra Supplies In Case Of An Emergency

​Get Ready Kids!

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

Yogi Bear: Prep Kits for Kids

Yogi Bear: Preparedness for Kids
(Full Video)

​Preparedness For Pets

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 - Pets and Animals

Include Your Pets in Disaster Preparedness Planning

Pet Owners Tip Sheet

Prep Your Pet, make sure to pack essentials for your pet when thinking about preparedness and prep kits

​Listos California

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.

Downloadable Preparedness Tip Sheets

Disaster Ready Guide
Disaster Ready Guide en español




Recursos en español

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

Listo para desalojar durante Coronavirus

Este preparado no asustado Estados Occidentales

Get Ready Schools!​

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

Access & Functional Needs Preparedness
with Vance Taylor

CSU Active Shooter
Safety Training

Preparedness for Businesses and Organizations

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

Business Continuity Planning

Plan Ahead for How to Deal with Disasters During Coronavirus

​Cal OES Videos Vault

​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.

Tim Allen: Prepare Your
Water Heater

Tom Selleck: Make Your Home
Fire Safe

Get Ready With Technology!

Sign up for emergency alerts

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.

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