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 proactively enhance the resilience of our community through mutual aid, foster collaboration among individuals, organizations, and local government, and significantly improve emergency preparedness. 

Below are some quick resources to get you started. 

Mark Your Calendars!

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. 


Here’s a list of good first steps you can take today to start on the path of preparedness for yourself and your loved ones:

  • Notification: Sign-up for Alert Monterey County and sign up for Nixle, a free notification system used by our police, fire, and city to advise subscribers of road closures and other emergencies with real-time updates on your cell phone, email, or both. Simply text your zip code to 888777 to enroll for free.
  • Information: Check out Ready Monterey County from the Department for Emergency Management for guides on making plans, building an emergency kit, and much more. 
  • Evacuation: Know (and share with your neighbors) the evacuation routes.
  • Participation in Events & Trainings: Attend preparedness events, including trainings, organized by the City and Carmel CERT throughout the year.

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.


2024 February Winter Storms

The City Administrator, acting in his capacity as the Director of Emergency Services, issued a Proclamation of the Existence of a Local Emergency on February 6, 2024. 

2-6-2024 Proclamation of the Existence of a Local Emergency

2-8-2024 Amended Proclamation of the Existence of a Local Emergency

More information on the 2024 February Winter Storms is posted on the Monterey County Department of Emergency Management website below.


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.


Carmel Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

Carmel CERT members after a training session smiling as a group

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.