Storm Preparedness

A Guide For Residents

In Santa Cruz County, storms often have significant impacts on our road system, utilities, property and livelihoods. Simple storm preparedness steps can help mitigate some of the impacts on residents. Below, you will find helpful information on what to do before, during and after a storm to help you and your family stay safe. To download a storm preparedness checklist, click here.

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In case of emergency, call 911. If you’re not sure it’s an emergency, call 911 – dispatchers can direct you to the right place. Protect yourself and your family by reducing risks, such as refraining from removing fallen trees entangled with wires. Stay aware by listening to local news alerts. Be patient during road closures and other inconveniences. Stay safe.




After a disaster is a time for recovery, which can include finding food and shelter, caring for pets and seeking out emotional support. A good place to start is the Santa Cruz County 211 line, which is open 24/7 and has services available in 170 languages. They are trained to help residents find the assistance they need and connect them with community resources.

In large disasters, agencies from the state of California to FEMA to the Small Business Administration may offer assistance. The county will work to make those resources available to the public when available.

Continue to stay informed through local media outlets to learn more about power and water service restorations, road closures and openings and more.