Office of Emergency Services

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The City's Role in a Disaster

While no one likes to think about disasters, the reality is they do happen, even in Santa Cruz. The Office of Emergency Services (OES) coordinates the response during a disaster. While the EOC usually only remains open for the duration of the disaster and response, the City of Santa Cruz is preparing for when and where the next disaster will occur.

The City’s job is to ensure Santa Cruz as a whole is prepared for a disaster. This includes being aware of various risks and vulnerabilities, having appropriately trained staff and volunteers, keeping well maintained and functioning infrastructure and mitigating hazards to the best of our abilities whenever possible. 

You have a job too, as a member of this community. Your job is also to be aware of local hazards so you can best prepare yourself and your family in the event you are ever affected by a disaster. Follow the links below to learn more about the history of disasters in Santa Cruz, the City's emergency management plans and how you can best prepare yourself, your family and loved ones!


It all begins with preparedness! Most people don't want to think about preparing for a disaster. It can be scary, and it is easy to put off, especially if you're unsure of how to do it. We're in this together though because in a disaster, we may only have each other to rely on until more help can arrive.


Learn what goes into disaster response and Santa Cruz' response plans.


Learn about Santa Cruz' disaster history and recovery.


Hazard mitigation in and around Santa Cruz.

City of Santa Cruz Emergency Plan:

City of Santa Cruz Emergency Operations Plan 2013
City of Santa Cruz Local Hazard Mitigation Plan 2018-2023

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