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Emergency Preparedness Planning

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When a disaster strikes you will not have much time to figure out what you need to do. You need to plan now so that you have the ability to safely respond to the disaster. Discuss with your family what you will do during and immediately after a major disaster, regardless of where you may be when the disaster occurs.

Riding Out a Disaster

Can you go it alone for three days? Would you be ready to ride it out if an earthquake hit today? Would you be self-sufficient if an earthquake or flood event hits Yountville and the Napa Valley? In the event of a major incident, our residents need to assume there could be limited help in the initial hours before emergency first-responders from outside the area arrive to help our local Napa Sheriff and CalFire Departments.

The best thing you can to help yourself is to be prepared so that you can take care of yourself, your family and your neighbors. Check out our 7 Ps for Preparedness list, then prepare a plan, print it out, and share it with the members of your household. Discuss and update your plan regularly. Also, visit our Emergency Shelter and how to build an Emergency Kit pages.

First, Take Care of Loved Ones 

Learn how to protect your family by reading the Family Emergency Plan Worksheet and the Caregiver Checklist. Review both with those who care for your family in your absence. 

Work with Your Neighbors

Neighborhoods are encouraged to work together to prepare for and respond to an emergency. To learn more on how you and your neighborhood can help each other during a disaster, visit our Neighbors Helping Neighbors page. Also, consider joining the Community Emergency Response Team Program (CERT).

General Tips

Here are some general tips on what to do before, during and after an emergency, developed by the California Governor's Office of Emergencies Services to help you get ready to ride it out.

The first 72 hours after a disaster are critical. Electricity, gas, water, and telephones (landlines and cell)  may not be working. In addition, public safety services such as police, fire department and public works personnel will be busy responding to the incident. You should be prepared to be self-sufficient (able to live without easily accessible running water, electricity and/or gas, telephones, and assistance from safety services) for at least three days following a disaster. To do so, keep on hand in a central location the following:

  • Alternative cooking source. Store a barbecue or camping stove for outdoor cooking.
  • Extra blankets, clothing, shoes and money.
  • Fire Extinguisher - Your fire extinguisher should be suitable for all types of fires.
  • First Aid Kit - Make sure it's well stocked, especially with bandages and disinfectants.
  • Flashlights with extra batteries - Do not use matches or candles after a disaster until you are certain there are no gas leaks.
  • Food - Enough for 72 hours, preferably one week.
  • Portable radio with extra batteries. Most telephones could be out of order after an earthquake. The radio will be your best source of information.
  • Special Items - Have at least a one week supply of medications and food for those with special needs.
  • Tools - Have an adjustable or pipe wrench for turning off the gas meter.
  • Water - Enough so each person has a gallon a day for 72 hours, preferably one week. Store in airtight container and replace it every six months.

For additional Information on emergency preparedness planning visit

Add to your planning now with the following checklists:

When planning for an Evacuation, use these checklists: Evacuation Action Checklist
Pre-Packed Evacuation Checklist

Grab and Go Checklist

When planning for Flooding, use this checklist:

Flood Action Checklist

When planning to Shelter at Home, use this supply list:

Emergency Supplies for Shelter at Home

For your Car and Workplace, use this checklist:

Mini-Survival Kit

For your Nanny or Caregiver, use this checklist:

Caregiver Checklist



*The information on this website is provided under the California Emergency Services Act (California Government Code section 8550 et seq.) and for informational purposes only. The information on this website: (1) is necessarily general and not intended to be a complete guide to all things that can or should be done in the event of an emergency, (2) is subject to change at any time including in the event of an emergency, and (3) may not apply to your specific needs and/or circumstances in the event of an emergency. Emergency preparedness is your responsibility. Relevant information regarding a particular emergency may be different than the information provided on this website. All persons should consult relevant authorities for information regarding a particular emergency. There are many sources of information for emergency preparedness and all persons should consult as many resources as possible.