Oakland Community Preparedness & Response
A disaster can strike at any time without warning.
How prepared are you?
TOP 5 MOST IMPORTANT ACTIONS TO TAKE
- Register for AC Alert and learn about other emergency alerts and notifications
- Make your family emergency plan
- Know Your (Zonehaven) Zone and learn about emergency evacuations
- Build your Go-Bags/Stay Box
- Be ready to help your family, friends, and neighbors (see tips for Neighborhood Organization during COVID-19) including children and older adults
- Review all OCP&R Guides which include topics such as home hardening for earthquake/wildfire, power shutoffs, insurance, Firewise USA®, emergency communications, and much more.
- Use this Preparedness Actions Checklist – take these actions one at a time. Each step you take to prepare for an emergency, the better off you are than before!
- Request a free 1-hour PEP workshop (in-person or Zoom) for your neighborhood, workplace, community group, or other organization.
TRAINING & VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES WITH THE CITY OF OAKLAND/EMSD
Learn much more about preparing for, responding to and recovering from a disaster by taking Oakland’s FEMA CERT curriculum. CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) training covers topics not included in PEP such as disaster medical operations and light search and rescue.
The Communities of Oakland Respond to Emergencies (CORE) program is how the Oakland Emergency Services Management Division (EMSD) recruits and develops Disaster Service Worker Volunteers (DSW-V) who are interested in joining City Staff in support of an emergency response.
We hope that OCP&R is a stepping-stone for you to want to learn all you can about being as prepared as possible for a wildfire, earthquake, tsunami/flood or other emergency. We recommend that you also review other excellent preparedness and response information from sources including Ready.gov, PG&E, Listos California, the American Red Cross and The Oaklandside, among others.