Pandemic Learning and Emergency Preparation

Is your family ready for an emergency?

2020 has taught us that life can be unpredictable. Unfortunately, while managing the ensuing pandemic, we could simultaneously find ourselves facing power outages, earthquakes, flooding, and fires. Should we face a natural disaster in the coming months, we want to help you get prepared.

We’ve joined the California For All Movement in partnership with Listos California and 24 other counties in California, to help Californians prepare for emergencies and disaster through the initiative Get Ready / Estén Listos.

In partnership with fellow nonprofits, our goal for Santa Cruz County is to reach 11,500 low-income families, seniors living alone, and adults with a mental health diagnosis living independently with information, training, and emergency resources. 

Since the launch of this initiative, we have provided over 20,000 community members with COVID-19 safety materials and general emergency preparedness resources.

The pandemic has driven home just how important the emergency preparation and outreach process is. For some folks, being stuck at home is an inconvenience, for others – it’s life-threatening.  Fire season is here and we can all help build a more resilient Santa Cruz County by preparing, and now, while spending more time at home, it is the perfect time to update or create your emergency and disaster preparedness plans.

As a trusted partner with the State of California, we’ve had the opportunity to infuse a significant amount of financial resource into generating disaster preparedness among the most vulnerable populations in our local community. In doing so, we are part of the larger effort to reach over 1 million Californians that have no current connection to the preparedness and response community. We are proud to engage in this work at this moment when the needs of our community are so great.

We invite you to sign up for a free emergency preparation online class, download an emergency preparation toolkit, or watch educational videos. The next available free online class will happen on Thursday, August 20th from 10AM-11AM.

Additionally, you can sign up for a text class by texting LISTOSCA to 72345 to receive resources via 7 texts over 7 days or via

Online zoom and text classes will cover how to make an emergency plan, how to coordinate with others, how to register for county and PG&E emergency alerts, and more.

Learn More About Preparing with Get Ready / Estén Listos

View the Five Simple Steps for Preparation

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