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October 17 will mark the thirtieth anniversary of the Loma Prieta Earthquake, an event that shook up lives and landscapes throughout Santa Cruz County. Participating in the Great California Shakeout is a great way for you, your family, or organization to prepare to survive and recover from a big earthquake. Click here to be included in the 2019 Great California Shakeout!

  • Know that you, your family, and your co-workers will be better prepared to survive and recover quickly from our next big earthquake.
  • Help motivate others to participate and prepare
  • Be counted
  • Be listed with other participants in our County (optional)

Join with us on October 17 when individuals, as well as schools, colleges and universities, healthcare facilities, senior facilities, and other organizations in Santa Cruz County will practice the Drop, Cover, and Hold On method of self-protection during Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills. 

Welcome to the County of Santa Cruz
Office of Emergency Services

It is the purpose of this website to help citizens to connect with resources, develop a plan in advance and know what to do in the event of an emergency. Please view the links at the top of this page to explore this site!

Santa Cruz County is located on the central coast of California in the southern portion of the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services’ Coastal Region. It extends from the Pacific Ocean on the west, to the crest of the Santa Cruz Mountains on the east, the Pajaro River to the south and to the San Mateo County line in the north.  It is adjacent to Santa Clara, San Mateo, San Benito, and Monterey Counties. Santa Cruz County covers an area of 441 square miles and has a population of approximately 274,673 inhabitants according to 2016 U.S. Census Bureau data.

Santa Cruz County, with its varying topography, mix of urban and rural areas, and a mix of permanent, student, and recreational population is subject to a wide variety of impacts from various hazards and threats. There are three broad categories of hazards, which include natural, technological, and domestic security threats, all of which can occur with different levels of advance warning.

If you are looking for information on Social Assistance Programs, such as Medicare, welfare, or the Cal-Fresh food stamps program, please call toll-free 211 or visit It's free, confidential and available 24 hours / 7 days a week in more than 150 languages.