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Disaster Preparedness and Response

Building community resilience and disaster preparedness through education and action.

Our mission is to prepare El Dorado County to effectively respond to public health threats by focusing on public health disaster planning, disease surveillance, detection and control, health risk communication, and public and health provider education and training services. Learn more

What's New in Disaster Preparedness and Response

Public Safety Power Shutoffs

What is a Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS)?  

In order to keep communities safe, your local energy company may need to turn off power during extreme weather or wildfire conditions. This is called a Public Safety Power Shutoff.

What can I do to prepare for a PSPS?

  • Have a personal safety plan in place for every member of your household (including pets).
  • Plan for any medical needs such as medications that need to be refrigerated or devices that require power.
  • Build or restock your emergency supply kit, including food, water, flashlights, a radio, fresh batteries, first aid supplies and cash.
  • Identify backup charging methods for phones (e.g. car adapter).
  • Learn how to manually open your garage door.
  • If you own a backup generator, ensure it is ready to safely operate.
  • Learn more here.


Disasters & Emergencies Reveal The Power of Social Media

More and more we turn to technology in times of crisis. Mobile apps, social networks like Facebook and Twitter, text messaging and mobile web pages can help you and your family during an emergency. Make it work for you.

  • Create a communication plan.  Practice your plan.
  • Code RED -  Register your phone with the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Services Alert Notification System at 
  • CalFIRE app: READY for Wildfire - checklists; customized wildfire texts; fire incidents page; and more 
  • TEXT FIRST. TALK SECOND.™  - Make text messaging your first choice for non-emergency communication during a disaster.