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.

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.

Building an Emergency Preparedness Kit

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: 


“10 ways YOU can be Disaster Prepared”


Disaster Preparedness Coloring Book
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 Putting Down Roots
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Preparedness Month Events

  • Get on the Preparedness Train!
    • Old Sacramento 1849 Scene
    • Saturday, September 7, 10AM - 4PM
  • Monterey Community Safety Fair
    • Capital Insurance Group, 2300 Garden Road, Monterey, CA
    • Saturday, September 7, 10AM - 2PM
  • California Teachers Retirement System Emergency Preparedness Campaign Fair
    • CalSTRS Headquarters, 100 Waterfront Place, West Sacramento
    • Thursday, September 12, 10Am - 2PM
  • Department of Social Servies Safety Preparedness Fair
    • 744 P St, Sacramento
    • Thursday, September 12, 10AM - 1PM
  • National Preparedness Month at Amazon
    • 1120 Enterprise Way, Sunnyvale
    • September 24
  • Cisco Preparedness Fair
    • Cisco Systems, San Jose
    • Thursday, September 26, 11AM - 1:30PM
  • Disaster Planning for CA Hospitals
  • "You Can Be the Hero" Preparedness Event
    • The Seasons, Compton
    • Thursday, August 29, 10AM - Noon

Plan Your Own Preparedness Event

Interested in organizing your own emergency preparedness event? Download the Disaster Preparedness Event Toolkit (.PDF 5.79MB)

Preparedness Resources