Emergency Preparedness

Disasters often happen without warning which is why it is best to be prepared and have a plan.  Create an emergency plan with your family, neighbors and coworkers before disaster strikes.  Santa Cruz County can be affected by events such as earthquakes, floods, severe storms, power outages and wildfires.   You may be forced to evacuate your home or go for days without basic necessities.  In the event of a natural or man-made disaster, emergency responders may not be able to reach you immediately, which is why it is important to be prepared to help yourself, your family, and your neighbors until help arrives.  

Use the resources in this section and from the emergency preparedness resources in the Quick Links when creating your emergency plan and preparing for potential disasters.

Register To Receive Emergency Notifications

CodeRED and PulsePoint are two methods that emergency response agencies use to notify residents during an emergency or natural disaster.  Aptos/La Selva Fire Protection District strongly suggests that you sign up to receive these notifications.

CodeRED Registry - Allows Emergency Dispatchers to Send Reverse 9-1-1 Calls to Cellular of VOIP Phones

Click on either link above to register your cellular or VOIP phone in the Emergency Notification system used by Santa Cruz Regional 9-1-1 personnel. The CodeRED notification system sends important messages to residents and businesses within Santa Cruz & San Benito Counties in the event of emergency situations or critical community alerts. The system has the capability of sending thousands of messages in a very short time based on geographic location of an incident. Examples of notifications include: evacuations, bio-terrorism alerts, missing person reports, and severe weather alerts. (NOTE: If you are having issues enrolling your contact information into CodeRED, try using a different web browser.)

Register your Cellular or VOIP Phone for Reverse 9-1-1  Emergency Notifications from CodeRED

PulsePoint - Alerts Bystanders of a Nearby Cardiac Arrest

With PulsePoint, your local emergency dispatch system immediately alerts CPR-trained citizens about a nearby sudden cardiac arrest event through the free PulsePoint Respond mobile app, and directs them to the exact location of the closest public access AED (automated external defibrillator). The free PulsePoint AED mobile app lets citizens register and update AED locations so that emergency responders---nearby citizens trained in CPR or local firefighters, police or medics---can find an AED close to them when a cardiac emergency occurs. Visit www.PulsePoint.org to download the apps and for more info.