Emergency Survival Guide


This Guide will help you to prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters that face Santa Cruz County. Our goal is to provide you with recomendations & tips that assist you to be self-sufficient after a disaster. In addition to this Guide, we recommend that you increase your awareness of emergency situations and the skills you need to prepare your family, neighbors and your community. Become Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) qualified and join a local CERT Disaster Response Team. CERT Teams strengthen the ability of our communities to quickly recover after major disasters.

For more information on preparing for disasters, please visit the County’s Office of Emergency Services (OES) or the Santa Cruz County Emergency Preparedness Department.

Four Steps to Preparedness           

  1. Have a Plan
  • Emergency Plans and Contact Information
  • Special Assistance
  • Evacuations
  • School Safety
  • Business and Congregation Preparedness
  • Utility Shut-Off
  • Animal Preparedness
  1. Keep Supplies
  • Disaster and Emergency Supplies
  • Drinking Water
  • Pet Supplies
  1. Stay Informed
  • Local Radio and TV Stations
  1. Get Involved
  • Neighborhood Networks and CERT
When Disaster Strikes
  • Assess
  • Find Shelter
  • Be Safe
  • Get Help
  • Find Recovery


  • Wildland Fires
  • Storms, Floods and Mudslides
  • Earthquakes
  • Tsunamis
  • Pandemic Flu
  • Hazardous and Chemical Materials
  • Terrorism

Basic First Aid

  • Choking
  • Head, Back and/or Neck Injuries
  • Shock and Controlling Bleeding
  • Applying a Sling to an Arm or Shoulder


Full Version of Manual (PDF)

Disaster Planning Documents
(Download and use to plan your disaster preparedness strategy)