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
12 way to prepare - download to print
shark sightings - signs to be aware of
Living on the California coast, if you recreate or work in or around the coastline, it is typical to see a plethora of marine life. From tiny invertebrates, to fishes, kelp forests, marine mammals, and yes, even sharks. We are sharing this space with many others that make up the natural ecosystem. The City of Monterey wants you to be aware and stay safe. We have designed new signs to alert beach goers in cases where sharks may be spotted. While very rare, and humans are not part of the shark diet, sometimes encounters happen. Luckily, we have many community partners, the Monterey Bay Aquarium and Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, Hopkins Marine Station, UC Santa Cruz, and others that are considered the local shark experts. We appreciate working with these experts to help make sure both the wildlife and human life are safe and healthy. You can help - if you see one of these signs posted, please take note and following recommendations. If a beach is closed, do not enter the water.
Monterey county multi-jurisdictional hazardous mitigation plan (MJHMP)
Excerpt from the Executive Summary: Monterey County is vulnerable to a wide range of natural and manmade hazards. These hazards can threaten the life and safety of residents and visitors and have the potential to damage or destroy both public and private property and disrupt the local economy and overall quality of life. While the threats from hazard events may never be fully eliminated, there is much we can do to lessen their potential impact on our communities. By minimizing the damaging impacts of hazards upon our built environment, we can prevent such events from resulting in disasters. The concept and practice of reducing risks to people and property from known hazards is called hazard mitigation.
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.