CURRENT STATUS IN MONTEREY COUNTY:
Nothing to report at this time.
September 2014 is National Preparedness Month!
Being prepared means knowing where to get knowledge and staying informed of what is happening, having a plan that helps you deal with emergency situations, and a kit that will give you necessary supplies, like water, when they may not be available.
In Monterey County, every resident can be more prepared by remembering the phrase
Here's a few ideas to get you started:
In the KNOW:
- Bookmark the Monterey County Office of Emergency Services website (www.co.monterey.ca.us/oes) for information on hazards in Monterey County, ways to get prepared, and links to additional resources.
- Subscribe (by email or RSS feed) to the “Latest News” section to stay in the loop about what’s going on in and around Monterey County, including emergency information.
- Like / Follow the Monterey County Office of Emergency Services Facebook and Twitter (@MontereyCoOES)
- Sign up your cell phone number at AlertMontereyCounty.org . Unlike the “Reverse-911” systems of the past, Alert Monterey County allows you to register a cell phone number and receive emergency notifications via text, phone call, or email. You also have the ability to choose what types of messages that you will receive and where in the county is important to you
READY to GO:
- Have a plan. This includes how and where to evacuate and meet (if necessary) and how to communicate with each other. Think about things like pets and if children are at school or activities. Talk about it and make sure everyone understands it. Visit Ready.gov for plan forms
- Build a kit. What would you need if nothing was available? Store enough supplies for each person for at least 3 days. Don’t forget batteries, and for canned food, make sure you pack a can opener! Throw some games and books in there to help pass the time. Special treats also help calm everyone down, so a chocolate bar or hard candy is also a great idea. Keep it all together so that you can grab it quickly in case of evacuation and keep a smaller version in your car or at work as well so you are ready no matter where you are. Customize it to your specific needs. Visit Ready.gov for some ideas on things to include.
AlertMontereyCounty is a system used by City and County public safety officials to deliver emergency notifications to residents and businesses impacted by, or in danger of being impacted by, an emergency or disaster.
AlertMontereyCounty uses the 9-1-1 database to call and deliver a recorded message to all landline phone numbers in a specific geographic area within a City and/or the County.
Residents may also be notified on their cell phone, Voice over IP (VoIP) phone or at their email address. Those wishing to receive messages on these devices must register online.
So go register your cell phone(s), email and address to stay informed of public health and safety notifications like evacuations due to wildfires or flooding, weather-related disasters, wide area power blackouts, urgent law enforcement operations, toxic chemical spills or release of gas/pesticide, and missing persons or kidnapped children.
These important messages may be sent during or after an emergency event to keep you informed of important information (relevant to any and all of the geographic locations that you deem important to know about – work, school, home, etc.) but will not spam you.
Monterey County was one of the largest participants in last year's ShakeOut, an annual drill to get Californians prepared for major earthquakes. Register here to help Monterey County continue to be earthquake smart, and on 10:16 AM on 10/16, don't forget drop, cover, and hold on for 60 seconds!
For more information on the 2014 drought and its effects on Monterey County, please see our dedicated drought webpage
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