Office of Emergency Management

Natural disasters and emergencies do not plan ahead, but you can! You can help make Temecula a Disaster Ready - Disaster Resilient City. Explore the links below to aid you in your efforts to become more prepared. 

The City of Temecula and the Office of Emergency Management offer a variety of programs and information to help our community and residents be prepared. Explore the links below to learn more! 

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About OEM

The City of Temecula Office of Emergency Management (OEM) coordinates the emergency mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery services to the residents of the City of Temecula with the appropriate City agencies and external partners. This typically occurs in our Emergency Operations Center (EOC) and efforts are guided by the Emergency Operations Plan (EOP), which is reviewed annually and updated every three years. Through outreach, our office encourages residents to become more disaster ready and disaster resilient to ensure they are prepared for emergencies. We also manage the City's Alert and Warning Program, Temecula ALERT, to ensure residents of this community are informed during an emergency. 

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​Office of Emergency Management
​41000 Main Street
​Temecula, CA 92590

​Office: 951-693-3971


Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program

The Temecula Citizen Corps (TCC) / Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) is a program developed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) designed to increase individual and community preparedness through training and awareness.  The City of Temecula Fire Department is honored to bring this program together for our community. Let's get involved! 

Flooding & Sandbags

The City of Temecula will provide up to 10 free sandbags to residents before or during any storm. Bags can be picked up from any of Temecula's Fire Stations.  Then, head over to the city-owned sand lot at the corner of Ynez Road and Santiago to fill them up. Do not forget to bring a shovel! 

Emergency Management is a complex and evolving field that makes sense out of chaos during emergencies. This video explains the basics of Emergency Management.

Warm centers provide respite from cold temperatures in Temecula and Riverside County

 Even though we're in Southern California, Temecula residents may see dangerous winter weather while traveling and commuting, especially through the nearby Idyllwild and San Gabriel Mountain Ranges. Extreme cold, dense fog, and even ice & snowstorms are possible during the winter months. Dangers from these weather conditions include unsafe roads, cold-related illness, fires, and power outages. When there's a winter weather risk in Southern California, the National Weather Service issues alerts.

  • Freeze Warning: Air temperature is expected to be 32 degrees F or lower for a significant amount of time
  • Hard Freeze Warning: Air temperature is expected to be 25 degrees F or lower for long enough to freeze water pipes
  • Dense Fog Advisory: Widespread or localized fog reduces visibility to 1/4 mile or less
  • Winter Storm Warning: A mix of wintry precipitation (freezing rain or snow) is happening or is about to happen
  • Ice Storm Warning: Heavy freezing rain is happening or is about to happen

 With the arrival of cooler temperatures, Temecula will experience severe cold and even freezing temperatures. Residents and visitors now have a place to escape the cold at warming centers across the city as well as dozens across the county. These “warming centers” can be found in locations such as local libraries, some county offices, senior and community centers, and will be open to the public at no cost.

The City of Temecula's Warming Center is located at the Mary Phillips Senior Center (41845 6th Street)  and will operate from THU, DEC 1, 2022 through FRI, MAR 31, 2023.  Operating hours will be Monday - Friday from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm.  Warm Centers will be open to the public, in affected areas, when a Cold Warning is issued due to temperatures falling below 40˚F.  Watch or listen for a Cold Warning on your television, radio, social media, and local newspaper.  For additional information please contact the Mary Phillips Senior Center at (951) 694-6464.

The City of Temecula warm centers are coordinated by the Community Services Department. Light refreshments and water will be available at most locations. For a list of warm center locations, hours of operations and tips for staying warm, visit