Emergency Preparedness

EMERGENCY TYPES

There are many different types of emergencies. Emergencies can be simple or more serious, such as: 

  • Pandemic
  • Hazardous Materials
  • Earthquakes
  • Fires
  • Floods
  • Utility Interruption 

These emergencies, small or large, seldom give warning and can be devastating to those impacted.  Emergencies can force you to evacuate your neighborhood or confine you to your home.

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Know your hazards

MyHazards is a tool for the general public to discover hazards in their area (earthquake, flood, fire, and tsunami) and learn steps to reduce personal risk. www.myhazards.caloes.ca.gov

PLAN

The key to surviving any emergency or disaster situation is planning. Discuss emergency plans with each household member. All members of the household should share in the preparation decisions. Be sure to consider anyone with access and functional needs or disabilities. Make sure everyone knows where the closest fire station, medical facility, and police station are located.

Consider what you would do if basic services - water, gas, electricity, or telephones - were cut off? Most disasters will keep local officials busy for at least 72 hours (3-days). Officials and first responders will be on the scene during and after the emergency, but they cannot reach everyone immediately. Families and communities can and do cope with emergencies by preparing in advance and working together as a team.

Have escape routes planned for each part of your home or workplace. Every member should know the quickest and safest escape routes and all possible hazards that could be in their path. Knowing what to do is your best protection and your responsibility.

The San Ramon Valley Fire Department website has resources for creating emergency plans: https://www.firedepartment.org/community/be-ready-srv/be-prepared

make a kit

Each household should commit time to develop a plan. Putting together a 72-hour emergency kit is a good start. The home kit should provide basic equipment and provisions needed by the family for at least a 72-hour period after the emergency. Additional kits in your car and at work should have enough supplies to last until you can reunite with your family.

The San Ramon Valley Fire Department website has resources for creating emergency kits for your home, car, work, and pets. They also have a calendar to help you assemble a kit in small steps over a six-month period. https://www.firedepartment.org/community/be-ready-srv/be-supplied

Emergency Kit

Consider the following items:

  • Water
  • Non-perishable food
  • First-aid supplies
  • Radio
  • Whistles and flashlights
  • Phone chargers
  • Medications
  • Supplies and food for pets
  • Tools and sanitation supplies
  • Important family documents

STAY CONNECTED

Think about the ways you receive important information and stay connected. In addition to TV and Radio, you can also register for alerts through local systems.

View our Stay Connected web page for ways to sign up to receive local alerts.

GET INVOLVED 

LOCAL HAZARD MITIGATION PLAN

The Town of Danville, along with several other agencies in Contra Costa County are updating the Local Hazard Mitigation Plan (LHMP). The plan helps all of the agencies work together and reduce risks from potential hazardous events. More information on the LHMP and the updating process can be found on the Contra Costa County Website.