Carmel Prepares


Carmel Prepares
Building village resilience through disaster preparedness, community response, and sustainable recovery.

The Carmel Prepares partnership comprised of the City of Carmel, Library, and the Carmel Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) will be working together over the coming months and years to strengthen and build our community resilience. 

Through regular workshops, training, and symposiums Carmel Prepares seeks to:

  • Enhance the resilience of our community through mutual aid
  • Foster collaboration among individuals, organizations, and local government
  • Improve emergency preparedness. 

Upcoming Events

The next Carmel Prepares meetings this year will be held on the following dates: 

  • Saturday, June 1, 2024 from 10-11 a.m. Focus on Fire Prevention and Preparedness
  • Saturday, November 16 from 10-11 a.m. Focus on Earthquake and Storm Preparedness

Both events will be held at Sunset Center in Carpenter Hall. 

If you can’t attend, not to worry. These events will be streamed and recoded. 

Quick Ways to Start Getting Prepared

  • Sign-up for Alert Monterey County and sign up for Nixle by texting your zip code to 888777 to enroll to receive notifications from our police, fire, and city to let you know about road closures and other emergencies with real-time updates on your cell phone, email, or both.
  • Sign-up for Earthquake Alerts from Earthquake Warning California, the country’s first publicly available, statewide warning system managed by the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) that uses ground motion sensors from across the state to detect earthquakes before humans can feel them and can notify Californians to “Drop, Cover and Hold On” in advance of an earthquake. 
  • Bookmark the PG&E Power Outage Map for easy access. 
  • Bookmark the Food Safety for Power Outages to find out what you can do to keep food safe during a power outage, and when you need to throw away food that could make you sick.
  • Print out the City’s Evacuation Routes put it on your fridge and in your car for quick access if needed. 
  • Print out the Carmel Emergency Preparedness Quick Guide or stop by the library for a copy to put on your fridge, so you have important info handy. 
  • Print out Emergency Kit Supply List or stop by the library for a copy to help you start building up your cache of emergency supplies.
  • Prepare for wildfires with help from Fire Safe Council for Monterey County to learn how to reduce the risk of loss of life, property, and resources from wildfires, and to educate everyone on wildfire dangers and how to reduce them.
  • Check out the Workshop Slides from the January 6, 2024 Carmel Prepares presentation. 
  • Participation in Events & Trainings organized by the City and Carmel CERT throughout the year.

Resources for Businesses / Organizations

Having a Business Continuity Plan is an important part of your organization’s risk-management efforts.

We also know that you are busy and that preparing a plan takes time and effort. Ideally, you already have an up-to-date plan. If not, please use one of the following resources to kickstart your team’s conversation about preparedness.

Carmel CERT members in a group

Carmel Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

The Carmel by-the-Sea Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) is made up of 35 dedicated volunteers who support our Village as well as provide mutual aid to our neighboring communities.

All CERT members complete a 21-hour training designed to emphasize hands-on experience taught by FEMA trained personnel. Training includes emergency first aid, light search and rescue, traffic and crowd management along with disaster relief.


Ready Monterey County

Your actions and emergency preparedness will help you and your family stay safe and be ready for the next disaster.

With help from the Monterey County Department of Emergency Management, understand disaster risks in your region and develop a plan to stay safe, have an emergency kit, and receive information as events unfold.