National Preparedness Month

National Preparedness Month 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, disaster 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?  Join us for events highlighting preparedness and check out the tips and resources listed below for important information you can use to protect yourself, your family, and your property. Preparedness is a responsibility we all share. Let's do our part.

This year, Cal OES hosted more than 3,000 Californians at the 6th annual California Day of Preparedness​ event in Historic Old Sacramento. The event took place on Saturday, September 6th where visitors enjoyed a variety of disaster readiness demonstrations including a mobile earthquake simulator – sponsored by Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) and the California Utilities Emergency Association (CUEA), which allowed participants to experience the magnitude of the recent 6.0 Napa Earthquake. Guests also witnessed the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Drowning Accident Rescue Team (DART) and Marine Unit conduct water rescues, and the unique sensory abilities of search and rescue dogs.

Check out some picture from the event here

10 Ways YOU Can be Disaster Prepared

  1. disasterplan.jpgIdentify Your Risk - What are the hazards where you live or work? Find out what natural or human caused disasters pose a risk for you. Do you live near a flood plain, an earthquake fault, or in a high fire danger area? Are you prepared for an unexpected human-made disaster that can strike any time? Does your neighborhood or community have a disaster plan?
  2. Create a Family Disaster Plan - Your family needs a plan that tells everyone: where to meet if you have to evacuate; who you’ve identified as an out-of-state “family contact”; how to get emergency information in your community; and how to take care of your family pets.
  3. Practice Your Disaster Plan - After you have sat down with your family and written your plan — practice it. Start by having family members meet at a designated spot outside your home — like you would after a fire or after the shaking stops. Know how to respond in the event of any disaster — whether to stay put indoors, or whether to evacuate your neighborhood by car. If your family needs to evacuate, know the proper evacuation procedures and routes as determined by your local OES office.
  4. Build a Disaster Supply Kit for Your Home - If you are stranded in your car or have to be self-sufficient at home until help arrives, you need to have a disaster kit with you.
  5. Prepare Your Children - Talk to your kids about what the risks are and what your family will do if disaster strikes.
  6. Don't Forget Those with Special Needs - Infants, seniors and those with special needs must not be forgotten. Make sure that supplies for your infant are in your kit and that you have items such as medications, oxygen tank, or other medical supplies that seniors or those with special needs may require. Check out Cal EMA's tips for preparing the elderly.
  7. Learn CPR and First Aid - Contact you local chapter of the American Red Cross today and get trained on basic first aid and CPR. Your training could save the life of a loved one or neighbor following a disaster.
  8. Eliminate Hazards in Your Home and the Workplace - You must secure the contents of your home or office to reduce hazards, especially during shaking from an earthquake or from an explosion.
  9. Understand Post-9/11 Risks - Disaster preparedness must now account for man-made disasters as well as natural ones. Knowing what to do during an emergency is an important part of being prepared and may make all the difference when seconds count.
  10. Get Involved, Volunteer - Donate blood, join a local Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), educate your neighbor, or volunteer with your local American Red Cross.

Make a Preparedness Kit at Home!

California Earthquake Preparedness Survey (CEPS)

In 2008, the California Earthquake Preparedness Survey (CEPS) was conducted by the UCLA School of Public Health and Survey Research Center for the State of California. The objective was to provide baseline data describing how prepared California households are for earthquakes and where they get their information about preparedness and mitigation. Check out the following links to see the findings: 

Google Crisis Response

Harness the power of technology in times of crisis. We have seen that people turn to the internet in times of crisis. See how simple technology tools can help you to prepare for a crisis, and to communicate, collaborate, and find relevant information during a disaster.

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Preparedness Month Events

  • ​September 6
  • September 11
  • September 18
  • September 20
    • Community Hospital of Monterey Peninsula Emergency Preparedness Fair, 10am - 2pm, Del Monte Shopping Center, Monterey Bay
  • September 24
    • California State Lottery Health & Safety Fair, 11:30am - 1pm, 700 North 10th St, Sacramento
  • September 25
    • Pinnacle Emergency Management Fair, 9am - 3pm, 621 Capitol Mall, Sacramento
  • October 30

Plan Your Own Preparedness Event

Interested in organizing your own emergency preparedness event? Download the Disaster Preparedness Event Toolkit (PDF, 16MB)

Preparedness Resources