"The emergency management community faces increasing complexity and decreasing predictability in its operating environment. Complexity will take the form of more incidents, new and unfamiliar threats, more information to analyze (possibly with less time to process it), new players and participants, sophisticated technologies, and exceedingly high public expectations. This combination will create a vastly different landscape for risk assessment and operational planning. Pressure to perform in this environment will be extraordinary.”

Crisis Response and Disaster Resilience 2030: Forging Strategic Action in an Age of Uncertainty (2012, p. 2), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

This “gap” between the public’s expectations regarding disaster response and the actual disaster response capabilities is known as the expectation gap, resulting in a false sense of security. Improving citizen participation in emergency planning is anticipated to reduce the expectation gap. The more our office engages the public, the more our community will learn how to survive during disasters; how to leverage available resources; and return to their normal lives quickly. 

The intent of this website is to empower the public with advanced information that will result in a community of knowledgeable emergency managers with the skills and abilities to assess risks, hazards, services available, and resources they will need to protect themselves, their families, friends, property, and businesses. Our intent is to create a more resilient Monterey County. Help us help you; Participate in your own rescue.


Monterey County has embraced FEMA’s whole community approach to creating engaged and resilient communities by which we can understand the unique and diverse needs of a population including its demographics, values, norms, networks and relationships.

Local capacity is built on the empowering of community members, social and service groups, faith-based and disability groups, academia, professional, private and nonprofit sectors to strengthen what works in their communities on a daily basis. Existing structures and support organizations can be leveraged and empowered to act during and after a disaster strikes.

 Members of our community may have additional needs before, during, and after an incident in functional areas, including but not limited to: assist with activities of daily living, maintaining independence, communication, transportation, supervision, and medical care. Individuals in need of additional response assistance may include: persons who live in institutionalized settings, older adults, and children, persons from diverse cultures, those who have limited English proficiency or are non-English-speaking, and persons who are unable to operate transportation.

Monterey County is committed to ensuring that considerations are made for persons with disabilities and access and functional needs (DAFN) at every stage of the emergency management process.