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Oakland Firesafe Council

Preparedness Education and Materials

A disaster can strike at any time without warning.
How prepared are you?

Oakland Firesafe Council provides awareness, resources, and support to help increase the community preparedness level and to improve disaster response capabilities for residents of Oakland (and beyond).

When a disaster such as a major earthquake, wildfire or tsunami/flood strikes, it is at that moment too late to get prepared. Therefore, it is highly recommended for everyone to at least take the top 5 most important actions to be better prepared now, before it’s too late. These actions are easy, straight-forward and don’t take much time.


  1. Register for AC Alert and learn about other emergency alerts and notifications
  2. Make your family emergency plan
  3. Know Your (genasys Protect/Zonehaven) Zone and learn about emergency evacuations
  4. Build your Go-Bags/Stay Box with some basic supplies
  5. Be ready to help your family, friends, and your community – including children and older adults (don’t forget pets)

Use this Preparedness Actions Checklist to mark your progress. Take these actions one step at a time and remember that each step you take to prepare for an emergency, the better off you are than before!


  • Review all of our GUIDES which include topics such as home hardening for earthquake/wildfire, power shutoffs, insurance, Firewise USA®, emergency communications, and much more.
  • Request a free 1-hour Wildfire and Emergency Preparedness workshop (in-person or Zoom) for your neighborhood, workplace, community group, or other organization.


Learn much more about preparing for, responding to and recovering from a disaster by taking Oakland’s FEMA CERT curriculum. CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) training covers topics not included in PEP such as disaster medical operations and light search and rescue.

The Communities of Oakland Respond to Emergencies (CORE) program is how the Oakland Emergency Services Management Division (EMSD) recruits and develops Disaster Service Worker Volunteers (DSW-V) who are interested in joining City Staff in support of an emergency response.

We hope this information is a stepping stone for you to want to learn all you can about being as prepared as possible for a wildfire, earthquake, tsunami/flood or other emergency. We recommend that you also review other excellent preparedness and response information from sources including Ready.govPG&EListos California, the American Red Cross and The Oaklandside, among others.

The Guides below will help you better prepare for and respond to a disaster – click to view or download

Wildfire and Emergency Preparedness (WEP) Workshop with Oakland Firesafe Council

OFSC’s Wildfire and Emergency Preparedness (WEP) workshop covers the top 5 essential personal preparedness steps plus home hardening for wildfire, home ignition zones/ember protection, defensible space, Red Flag Warnings, firescaping and the importance of working as a community towards the common goal of wildfire protection. The free ~1 hour WEP workshop can be provided in-person or online via Zoom.

Neighborhoods, community groups, businesses, and other organizations are all invited to sign up for the free WEP workshop.

  • A downloadable PDF template of the Oakland Firesafe Council WEP workshop presentation is HERE
  • External links noted in the WEP workshop are HERE
  • The Oakland Firesafe Council Guides are great companion pieces for more information on topics related to disaster preparedness and response.

Personal Emergency Preparedness (PEP) Class with the City of Oakland

Oakland Fire Department’s Emergency Management Services Division (EMSD) Personal Emergency Preparedness (PEP) Class teaches that self reliance is key. Learn how to identify and anticipate hazards, reduce hazards in the home and workplace, and apply basic lifesaving medical techniques. SEE MORE

Listos California’s statewide campaign is focused directly on engaging and readying diverse and vulnerable populations for disasters (wildfires, earthquakes, floods, etc.) by providing resources that are accessible, in-language and culturally competent.

With 100+ resources in more than 20 languages, we highly recommend taking a look at their outstanding content starting with these:



OFSC thanks the following grant funders who have helped support our preparedness and wildfire safety programs: