Have a Plan Ready for Next Disaster

Constant reminders are everywhere that Californians must be prepared for disasters. From wildfires to earthquakes to floods, along with the ongoing historic drought and heightened alert for terrorist attacks, the message always remains the same: Be prepared.

With September reserved as National Preparedness Month, this is the perfect time to coordinate with family and community members about devising a plan.

While it’s important to construct a plan for yourself, your family and your community, it’s equally vital to be ready to assist your animals for possible evacuation as well as the elderly and those with special needs and disabilities.

On Aug. 27, an estimated 5,000 visitors attended the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services’ (Cal OES) California Day of Preparedness in Old Sacramento. The one-day, 4-hour event featured emergency preparedness activities as well as a variety of disaster readiness demonstrations including a mobile earthquake simulator, watch water rescues and search and rescue dogs.

Learn more about California Day of Preparedness and National Preparedness Month here.


Additional resources


Cal OES Twitter

Cal OES Facebook

Department of Homeland Security

Jonathan Gudel

Jonathan Gudel is a Public Information Officer for the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES). Since joining Cal OES, he has assisted in the response and recovery efforts of the Aliso Canyon Gas Leak, the state's historic drought, the Oroville Dam Emergency Spillway Incident, unprecedented winter storms in 2017, the 2017 October (Sonoma County) and December (Santa Barbara County) wildfires, the Camp Fire in 2018, the 2020 statewide fire siege, and the COVID-19 pandemic. Previously, he worked in the newspaper industry for 12 years.

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