Disaster Preparedness

There are many different kinds of disasters that could strike the City of Emeryville from earthquakes, fires, train derailments to tsunamis, chemical leaks and airplane crashes just to name a few. Here at City Hall, we have been working hard to make sure that the City is prepared for when such a disaster strikes.

When the City experiences an emergency situation, an Emergency Operations Center (EOC) may be opened. The City’s EOC is located at Fire Station #35 on Hollis Street. The EOC is staffed by City personnel who will have the responsibility to plan and coordinate all response and recovery operations utilizing the Incident Command System (ICS).

The City has an Emergency Operations Plan for such emergencies. Do you? In the event of a large scale disaster, city services will be overwhelmed. You and your family may have to wait 72 hours or more for assistance to arrive. Brochures on how you can prepare yourself and your family for when a disaster strikes can be found in the lobby and Business License desk area of City Hall. Additional information can also be found on the Alameda County’s Website for Disaster Preparedness.

Home Fire Safety Virtual Education Session


Most of us don’t realize we have just two minutes to escape a home fire. That’s why the American Red Cross is preparing families to act quickly through their Home Fire Campaign. Since launching the campaign in 2014, they’ve helped save at least 820 lives across the country by helping families create escape plans and installing free smoke alarms. This critical work is made possible with partners, who have helped make nearly 900,000 households safer in at-risk communities.

Purpose:Educate you and your household on home fire safety prevention, creating an escape plan and go-bag, and other actionable steps to prepare for an emergency. They will walk you through testing your smoke alarms, creating your plan, and starting the critical conversations with your household.
Length:Each virtual home visit lasts approximately 30 minutes and can be done via phone call or video conference.
How:Request an appointment by going to www.tinyurl.com/VirtualSoundtheAlarm

Or one of the options below:

Please include the following in your email:

  • Home address
  • Phone Number
  • Email address

Click here to watch a Fire Extinguisher training video.

Local Hazard Mitigation Plan Update

The Local Hazard Mitigation Plan (LHMP) identifies hazards to the community, assesses the City's vulnerability to those hazards and identifies specific actions that can be taken to reduce the risk. It also identifies projects that could potentially reduce risks in the community from these natural and man-made hazards. The City is required to adopt a LHMP every five (5) years under the Federal Disaster Mitigation Act.

Click here for more information on the LHMP Update and Public Comment period.