Disaster and Emergency Preparedness Links
Disaster Preparedness Guide
- American Red Cross, Monterey Bay Area Chapter
- Be Prepared California – Governor's Office of Emergency Services
- Be Ready - September is National Preparedness Month
- California Highway Patrol
- CERT (Community Emergency Response Teams)
- Disaster Plan Worksheet - courtesy of the E. Bay Muni Utilities District
- NOAA Weather Forecast
- Federal Emergency Management Agency
- Monterey County Herald
- Monterey County Office of Emergency Services
- Monterey County Red Cross
- Naval Postgraduate School
- Power Outages | PG&E Power Outage Alerts
- Presidio of Monterey
- Red Cross
- SPCA for Monterey County - and their list of Pet-Friendly Lodging
- Types of Emergencies and How to Prepare
Call if you Can, Text if you Can't
CALL IF YOU CAN, TEXT IF YOU CAN'T... that is the message being spread by Monterey, Santa Cruz, and San Benito County emergency communications centers. You can now text 911 to reach emergency responders in the tri-county area. Texting to 9-1-1 can be a benefit to those who are hearing impaired or in a situation where calling may put them at a greater risk such as domestic violence, while hiding from an intruder, or in a vehicle being driven by a drunk driver.
Texting 9-1-1 should be used as a last resort as calling 9-1-1 is faster; text messages can take longer to receive and may come in out of sequence. Location accuracy isn’t always as good as calling and, if you’re roaming or the text can’t get through, it will bounce back with a message saying “call 9-1-1."
Currently there are no language translation services available; all text messages to 9-1-1 must be in English using the Latin (regular) character set. The text messages should not include acronyms, emojis, or photos and they cannot be sent as a group message.
If you are deaf, hard of hearing or speech disabled and the service is unavailable, use a teletypewriter or TTY if available.