Emergency Preparedness

Preparing Your Business:

The City of Lafayette and the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce have prepared a brochure:  Business Continuity Planning. It is a guide for being prepared in case of a disaster so that you can get your business up and running again.

The U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security website has a “Ready Business” site for plans for emergency & continuity planning and “Ready America” site with information on how a family can prepared for natural or man made emergencies.

The U.S. Office of Personnel Management website provides downloadable emergency preparedness guides for Managers, Employee and Families.

The American Red Cross’s website has a Business & Industry Guide for Disasters.

Preparing Your Home:

Fire Awareness 101: What Lamorindans should know about roadways, materials, and escape plans to stay safe – click here for article and list of resources

The American Red Cross has a well organized website with a wealth of information on family disaster planning, animal safety, evacuation methods and disaster supply kits.

The American Red Cross’s website with information on emergency preparedness in numerous international languages.

The City of San Francisco put together this concise site dedicated to helping Bay Area residents make a plan, build a kit and get involved.

The California Office of Emergency Services’ website has information on 10 ways you can be Disaster Prepared which provides ideas for preparing yourself and your family for emergencies.

The California Office of Emergency Services’ website has an Emergency Supplies Checklist.

The Institute for Business & Home Safety website has information on how to prepare for floods, freezing weather, high winds, wildfire, earthquake, hail and water damage.

The Citizen Corps website provides a list of things you can do to be safer right now, as well as a resource list of citizen preparedness publications.

The LifeInsurance.org website has an excellence list of resources for preparing for natural disasters and weather emergencies including avalanche, blizzards, earthquakes, extreme heat, floods, hurricanes, landslides, lightning, tornadoes, tsunamis, volcanoes and wildfires. (Thanks to Jeannette Mercer and Elaina for making us aware of this website!)

Emergency Insurance – Homeowners Preparedness Guide for Disasters and Emergencies is a site that lists disaster descriptions and additional resources on how to prepare for those disasters.

Preparing For Special Needs:

Sponsored by PrepareNow Partners, an alliance of San Francisco Bay Area collaborative groups devoted to supporting the needs of vulnerable people in disaster preparedness and response. The site is designed to assist with an emergency preparedness plan.

Prepackaged Emergency Preparedness Kits:

Your Safety Place offers Earthquake Preparedness Kits for Businesses, Schools and Families.

Diablo Earthquake Preparedness offers Earthquake Preparedness Kits that will sustain one to ten people for three to fourteen days.

Preparedpak offers Emergency Preparedness Kits for Families, Children, Infants, Pets and Cars.

Lafayette Car Wash & Detail Center offers Emergency Preparedness Kits in their gift shop.

What To Expect During An Emergency:

The Association of Bay Area Governments has maps that predict potential earthquake damage and road closures for different faults. Also included is information on other natural hazards such as fire, floods and landslides as well as a section for kids.

The Center for Disease Control & Prevention website provides Emergency Preparedness & Response information for earthquakes, extreme heat, floods, hurricanes, landslides & mudslides, power outages, tornadoes, tsunamis, volcanoes, wildfires, and winter weather.

The National Weather Service website provides information on weather warnings and forecasts.

The Dept. of Homeland Security link to their “National Response Plan“.

The Chamber’s November 2005 Newsletter included on article on Emergency Preparedness with a listing of website addresses for additional information.

City of Lafayette has a Vista Newsletter devoted to Emergency Preparedness.

Preparedness By Disaster Type:

Earthquake Preparedness Links:

California OES Earthquake Preparedness Tip Sheets & Brochures.

California Geological Survey website.

U.S. Geological Survey website.

Fire Preparedness Link:

California Department of Foresty & Fire Protection website.

Public Health Preparedness Links:

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services website’s section on Preparedness.

California Department of Health Services website.

Multiple Disaster Preparedness Link:

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) website.



Following an armed robbery that occurred in an Orinda residential driveway last fall, community members asked Orinda Association President, Cindy Powell, to bring together Orinda safety officials to address community concerns, resulting in a November 2016 Orinda Safety Forum. Open to the public, the forum featured police, fire, and emergency preparedness officials, who shared important information and answered questions on safety. Produced and created by Susan Garell, the video Staying Safe in Orinda~Comprehensive Guidance From Orinda’s Top Safety Officials is based on the forum and further in-depth interviews.

The airdates countywide on CCTV Comcast Channel 27 are as follows through June 30th:

Monday, 8 pm
Wednesday, 10 am
Friday, 2 pm
Sunday, 9 am

The airdates in Lamorinda on CCTV Comcast Channel 26 are as follows through June 30th:

Tues & Thurs  7 pm
Sun, Weds & Fri 11 am
Mon & Sat 3 pm