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Preparedness: How to be more "ready"


It's everyone's job!

Monterey County embraces the Whole Community concept, one in which engagement of the private and nonprofit sectors, along with the general public and in conjunction with local, tribal, state, and Federal government partners leads to a stronger, more resilient community.

Preparedness is a shared responsibility, and it calls for the involvement of everyone - not just the government - in preparedness efforts. By working together, we can keep our communities safe from harm and resilient when struck by hazards.


We will-

  • Work to understand the unique and diverse needs of our local communities
  • Engage and empower these communities, involving everyone as part of the process to identify needs and resources available
  • Find ways to support and strengthen the already existing capabilities to further enhance the capacity of these communities

By working together, we can do more.

For some really great information on how to get you, your loved ones and your community ready to handle a number of emergency situations, head on over to Ready.gov, the national site for preparedness.


Many people create emergency evacuation plans and kits for themselves or their human families, but their furry, feathered, or scaly friends are often forgotten until its too late. Preparation is important, and could likely save your pet's life in an emergency.

Head over to the SPCA for Monterey County's Pet Disaster Preparedness page to get tips on everything from dogs to birds to horses to rabbits, even fish.

Residents with Disabilities or other Access & Functional Needs

As you prepare, tailor your plans and supplies to specific daily living needs and responsibilities. Remember to include those that in are in any kind of support network, like caregivers or family members.

Visit Ready.gov for additional resources to assist you.


Preparing for emergencies isn't just for the adults! Getting children and teens involved is important for their own safety and empowerment.

Ready.gov's Kids portal is the place to go for more, including games and other resources for your children.

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