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Emergency Preparedness and Mitigation at Home

Be Prepared for Calling 9-1-1


Kern County's emergency dispatch center uses Smart911, a free internet service where you can input information of who lives in your home and any special needs they may have.  This information is only pulled up when you call 9-1-1 and is forwarded to first responders dispatched to your home.  You can also sign up to receive alerts automatically of weather, traffic, or other emergencies in your area.  You may set up a personal account for free at


Reduce Personal Risk or Injury

Create a Plan

Every household should have a disaster plan!  Meet with your family members and discuss why you need to prepare for a disaster. Discuss and explain the dangers of the various hazards that may impact your home or your community.

Build an Emergency Kit

An emergency kit is assembled so that in case of an emergency you are prepared ahead of time. It is possible that you will need to survive on your own after an emergency and this kit should have all the basic yet essential items you will need for at least 72 hours. Your kit should contain food and water, items in case there is a power shortage, and other items such as personal hygiene supplies and copies of important documents.


Resources for Plans and Kits

These resources provide families guidance in developing plans to prepare their homes and loved ones for natural disasters and other emergencies.


Perform Mitigation Around Your Home

Disaster mitigation refers to steps you can take now to lessen the impact of a disaster, should one occur.  An example of this is use of straps and screws to secure a tall bookshelf to the wall so it cannot fall on someone during an earthquake. 


Mitigation around your home can better prepare you and your family for an unexpected emergency or disaster incident, and help you recover more quickly. Here are some resources to get you started.

Assess Your Own Risk

Using Cal OES MyHazards, type in your address to asses your risk to natural hazards including earthquakes, flood, fire and tsunami. Learn what you should do to reduce injuries, protect your life and those of others, and reduce damage to your home and property.

Visit to learn about different hazards and how you can prepare your home or business for these events.

Kern County Fire Department provides Ready Kern, a web-based service to sign up for local emergency alerts via text message, email, and phone call.


Home Mitigation Ideas

Now that you’re familiar with the hazards that have the potential to affect your community, check out some of these mitigation techniques that can be performed around your home.

Wildfire Mitigation Ideas

Earthquake Mitigation Ideas

Flood Mitigation Ideas

          • FEMA Flood MitigationTips for preparing your home or workplace, collecting sources of information, developing an emergency communications plan and knowing what to do when a flood is approaching your home or business.
          • California Flood Preparedness Tips: Tips on how to divert water away from your home during a flood including sandbag filling and placement.

Severe Weather Mitigation Ideas

          • Severe Storm MitigationTips to equip your home with the accessories it will need to survive a storm from the National Association of Home Builders.

Drought Mitigation Ideas