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Welcome to Beautiful Santa Cruz!

Relocating to a new area is a big change. Whether you’ve come across the country, or just up the coast a bit, getting to know a new city is always a challenge. Thank you for taking the time to acquaint yourself with not only how the city operates, but also your role as the newest member of the Santa Cruz community.

You should be aware that the City of Santa Cruz, like much of the California coast, is at significant risk for the following types of disasters:

Additionally, and perhaps more unique to Santa Cruz, are the lesser risks of dam failure and landslides.

Should a disaster strike, these media sources usually provide breaking emergency news.

This list is not intended to scare you, but rather to encourage you to prepare for emergencies so you can not only help yourself and your family, but also your community. Santa Cruz has experienced a number of significant disasters but it also has a long-standing tradition of proactive planning and program implementation to mitigate and combat the effects of disasters.

You can read the City’s complete Emergency Operations Plan here.

You should know that like most cities, Santa Cruz encourages its citizens to prepare on an individual basis for disasters. This includes making an emergency preparedness kit, developing a communication plan with friends and family, and being knowledgeable about the area and local disasters.

You can find additional information and resources on just how to prepare for a disaster here.

Lastly, know that the community and City are here to support you in your effort to become disaster ready. Should you have any questions about preparedness or the City’s emergency plans you can contact any of the resources below:

Santa Cruz Fire Department
Emergency Operations Center Manager - Robert Solick (831) 420-5167 or by email.
Santa Cruz County Chapter of the American Red Cross

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