Emergency Preparedness

In case of emergency, dial 911

We all have a role to play in being prepared for disaster.

The City has a comprehensive Emergency Management Plan that addresses the City of Walnut Creek's responsibilities in emergencies. The Plan establishes an emergency organization to direct and control operations during a period of emergency by assigning responsibilities to personnel in compliance with SEMS/NIMS and the Incident Command System.

The City works with the community through the Citizen Corps Council to facilitate personal preparedness. The mission of the Citizen Corps Council is  "Helping people help themselves prevent, prepare and prevail in the event of emergency."  Among the Citizen Corps sponsored programs is the Community Emergency Response Team training.  

Of course, not everyone is ready to take the 20-hour CERT Training, or interested in being a volunteer Disaster Service Worker. But we all need to be prepared! The following resources will get you started towards ensuring the safety and well being of your loved ones and business in case of an emergency.

5 Quick Tips for Preparedness: 

We can’t prevent an earthquake. But we CAN be prepared. Scientists say there is a 63 percent likelihood that a major earthquake will hit the Bay Area in the next 30 years. Firefighters and police officers will be stretched thin, communications will be knocked out, and water and food supplies may be cut off. Are you ready to be self-sufficent for at least 7-10 days?

Here are 5 “Quick Tips” that you can put into place this weekend.

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Other Resources:

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View current emergency alerts or register to receive updates sent to your cell phone, text, or email for some or all parts of Contra Costa County.


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Get local safety alerts from Nixle by texting your zip code to 888-777.  You can also register on Nixle's website, where you can see more options for notification beyond your own zip code.  For example, you could also register to receive alerts for where you have friends and family, or for where you work.


Prepare.Org (hosted by the American Red Cross)  This site is packed with information from a wide range of Bay Area partners in preparedness. Get tips on how to prepare your family for a range of hazards, from fires to floods and earthquakes. 

"Are You Ready?" A comprehensive source of information for individual, family, and community preparedness created by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). It provides step-by-step instructions on how to get ready and what to do in case of many different types of disasters. 

Protect your Business  This site created by FEMA gives practical tips and templates on how to prepare your business for any emergency, from natural disaster to manmade. 

Contra Costa County Fire Protection District

Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) earthquake information This site has shaking/hazard maps and instructions on how to prepare your home and business for an earthquake.

Governors Office of Emergency Services The California State Government’s official emergency preparedness website has up to date emergency bulletins and other useful resources.

Bay Area Air Quality Management District