Be Prepared

Preparedness is a research-based set of actions that are taken as precautionary measures in the face of potential disaster. 

Learn what protective measures to take before, during, and after an emergency.

There are many different types of emergencies that can affect our community from simple power outages and failures to more serious events like chemical spills, earthquakes and wildfire. Emergencies can be devastation and can result in the need for your to evacuate your area or being asked to shelter yourself within your home. Families and communities are able to recover more quickly from emergencies by preparing in advance and working together as a team. 

Myth: I do not need to worry about disasters in Temecula, these things do not happen here. 

Emergency preparedness is not only for Midwesterners, Gulf Coast residents, or East coasters and hurricanes. Most communities may be impacted by several types of hazards during a lifetime. Americans also travel more than even before to areas with differing hazards and risks than here at home. 

Knowing what to do is a critical part of being prepared and may make all the difference when seconds count. Use the information contained here to learn about how you can be prepared and know how to respond.

Before, During, and After an Emergency

It is important to be prepared before, during, and after an emergency. Physical safety is a concern for all hazards and may involve a need to shelter or evacuate. Make sure to develop a Family Communication Plan as well as preparing emergency supply kits for all members of your household and pets. When recovering from a disaster, safety as well as mental and physical well-being must be considered. 

Learn which kinds of natural and human-caused disasters pose a risk for your area (earthquakes, fires, floods, etc.). Type your home address into this website from the California Office of Emergency Services to discover the hazards that exist in your area.

Shelter Graphic

Sheltering is appropriate when conditions require that you seek protection in your home, where you work or other location when other emergencies arise. The length of time you are required to take shelter may be short, such as during a tornado warning, or during a pandemic. 

In all cases, it is important that you stay informed and follow the instructions of local authorities. For additional information on sheltering, please visit this link

Communication Graphic

Develop a Family Disaster Plan and put it in writing. Here are two great how-to guides from FEMA and the American Red Cross.

Choose an out-of-town contact person your family members may call to check in with during an emergency. FEMA makes a great family emergency communications plan.

Know where to go during an emergency; designate a nearby park, school or other convenient location to meet and include it in your plan.


Build Disaster Supply Kits for your home, office and car.

Emergency Supply List

Preparedness Shopping Calendar (24 weeks)

Emergency Kit Checklist 

How to build a kit instructional video

After an emergency, you may need to survive on your own for several days. Being prepared means having your own food, water and other supplies to last for several days. A disaster supplies kit is a collection of basic items your household may need in the event of an emergency. 

disaster-recovery Opens in new windowRecovering from a disaster is usually a gradual process. Safety is a primary issue, as are mental and physical well-being. If assistance is available, knowing how to access it makes the process faster and less stressful. This section offers some general advice on steps to take after disaster strikes in order to begin getting your home, your community and your life back to normal. 

Here are some additional ways you can prepare for disaster:

Prepare your children and use these guides to remember those with special needs, such as seniors and persons with disabilities.

Include your pet or service animal in your Family Disaster Plan.

Eliminate hazards in your home and office. FEMA provides helpful information about how to check your home for earthquake hazards.

Learn how to keep yourself and your family safe by taking first aid, CPR and other preparedness classes.

Get involved – donate blood, educate your neighbors and volunteer!

Instructional Videos

Preparing makes sense for families, pet owners, seniors, and persons with disabilities and other access and functional needs. Click on the buttons below to watch a short instructional video explaining the key steps to emergency preparedness, including being informed, making a plan, building a kit and getting involved. 

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