Threats and Hazards

Emergency preparedness means being prepared for all kinds of emergencies, able to respond in time of crisis to save lives and property, to help a community or even the nation return to normal life after a disaster, and ensuring that the environment is protected. The potential for a catastrophic event impacting California, the most populous state in the nation with an estimated population of 38 million in 2008, is something that requires this all hazards approach.

The information available within the “Threats and Hazards” portion of the Planning and Preparedness Division web site is intended to provide preliminary information on potential hazards that may impact the citizenry. The information provided will include preparedness tips and or guidance on how to be ready for these hazards and vulnerabilities should they impact the State.

My Hazards

​Find out if your home or business is at risk to for earthquakes or tsunami's.  Earthquakes can occur everywhere in California which means all Californians live with an earthquake risk. In addition to the shaking caused by earthquakes, other things can occur such as landslides, surface fault ruptures and liquefaction--all of which may cause injury or property damage. In addition, some areas within California are vulnerable to tsunami's should an earthquake occur. Take note of where you live, read the information provided at the My Hazards site, and contact your local city our county government for further details on how to be prepared where you live. Then quickly create a plan to reduce your risks.

2010 State Hazard Mitigation Plan (SHMP)

​This plan outlines the California State Government's understanding and evaluation of the hazards the state faces, and the strategies, goals, and activities it will pursue to address them.