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Emergency Preparedness and Response

The Public Health Department provides services to respond to medical and health emergencies; prepare for natural disasters—like earthquakes or floods, but also new man-made threats, such as bioterrorism. They provide these services by coordinating countywide medical and health response teams that include ambulances, hospital emergency and trauma centers, as well as fire and law enforcement.

In a major disaster, it might be several days before vital services are restored. 

Santa Cruz is exposed to a wide variety of hazards, both natural and man-made. Earthquakes, fires, severe storms, power outages, and acts of terrorism are just some of the potential emergencies we may encounter.  Imagine that you have no electricity, no gas, no water and no telephone service. 

Imagine that all the businesses are closed and you are without any kind of emergency services. What will you do until help arrives?  Can you be self-sufficient for 72 hours in the event of an emergency?  

How to Prepare for an Emergency

Click on one of the options below to learn how to prepare for an emergency.

Emergency Preparedness Web Resources


(831) 454-7529
(831) 454-4000

Send Email to
Emergency Preparedness Staff

Health Care Provider Information

Public Health
Disease Reporting and Forms

Health Alerts and
Local Health Bulletins


Emergency Survival Guide

Emergency Information Forms

What to do in Case of an Earthquake

Earthquake Safety

Stay at Home Toolkit for Influenza
Spanish Version
Developed by King County, Washington

Pandemic Flu Comic Book - This story tells the tale of a family’s experience of the 1918 influenza pandemic. It also explains the threat of pandemic flu today, illustrates what to expect during a pandemic (such as school closures), and offers tips to help households prepare.

Communicable Disease Prevention and Control

Emergency Medical Services

Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP) Committee