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Disaster Preparedness Tips and Planning Resources

From earthquakes to wildfires, floods and tsunami, there are a number of disaster events that may possibly occur within the County of Santa Cruz. We do not always have the luxury of advanced warning, and there is a possibility that many of the services and utilities that we rely on every day become unavailable for a temporary or prolonged amount of time. The good news is that citizens and their families can prepare in advance, so that if a disaster strikes, everyone will know what to do to stay safe.

In Santa Cruz County, storms often have significant impacts on our road system, utilities, property and livelihoods. Simple storm preparedness steps can help mitigate some of the impacts on residents. Below, you will find helpful information on what to do before, during and after a storm to help you and your family stay safe.

To download a storm preparedness checklist, click here. For more information, please also visit our Office of Emergency Services at


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