Emergency Preparedness

The Public Health Emergency Preparedness Program aims to promote disaster preparedness and response by planning with the entire Pasadena community. By understanding the needs of everyone in the City, we continually prepare to reduce the health impacts that may be created as a result of an emergency. We work closely with the Pasadena Fire and Police Departments, Huntington Memorial Hospital, the Pasadena Unified School District, and other agencies to increase safety for all residents by conducting drills, exercises, trainings, and outreaches.


Learn tools on how to prepare for an emergency or natural disaster.


Stay informed on local and major emergencies by signing up for the city’s emergency alerts.


Register as a volunteer with the Medical Reserve Corps of Los Angeles.


Get Prepared

The following steps can help you be better prepared in the event of an emergency.


Know what to do before, during, and after an emergency. In Pasadena, various events can take place including a natural disaster (flooding and earthquake), a pandemic flu, and an accidental or intentional emergency (such as a chemical spill or act of terrorism). Since each hazard is unique, your responses and actions to take will also differ. Use the informational resources listed below to learn how to protect yourself and your family and be better prepared.

Make a plan. Include your specific health and safety needs when creating your emergency plan. Ready.gov/myplan. Brought to you by the Ad Council and Ready.


It is important to make sure that your entire family is prepared and informed on what to do in an event of an emergency or disaster. Communication plans are essential in helping find each other when a disaster strikes.

After understanding the hazards, plan how to communicate with loved ones, and where to stay or where to evacuate. Determine how to contact family members, choose a location to safely reunite, and identify an out-of-town contact person. Also ask about emergency plans outside of the home, such as at worksites and schools, and develop a network with community leaders and neighbors to discuss how you can plan together.
Here are some useful tools to help create your Communication Plan:

FEMA Communication Plan- For Children (PDF)

FEMA Communication Plan- For Parents (PDF)

Ready Wrigley- App for Kids

Build a kit. Include enough food, water and medical supplies for your needs in your emergency kit to last for at least 72 hours. Ready.gov/myplan. Brought to you by the Ad Council and Ready.


A disaster can strike at any time. It is important to prepare and be equipped with the proper supplies needed for an emergency or disaster. Gather these supplies and keep in an easy-to-carry emergency supply kit, this kit should be easily accessible in the event of an evacuation. Plan to store enough supplies to last for a minimum of three days for everyone in your household, including infants, pets and people with disabilities.

Here are some recommended items for your emergency supply kit:

  • Water (one gallon of water per person per day)
  • Food (non-perishable food)
  • Battery-powered or hand-crank radio
  • Batteries (include extra batteries)
  • Dust mask
  • First aid kit (Include bandages, sterile gloves, antibiotic ointment and first aid instructions)
  • Flashlight (include extra batteries)
  • Items to care for your infant and pet
  • Local maps
  • Medication
  • Tool kit (include a wrench to turn off gas if necessary, manual can opener, screwdriver, hammer, pliers, pocket knife, whistle in case you become buried in rubble)
  • Personal sanitation items (such as moist towelettes, garbage bags, and plastic ties)
  • Extra keys to your house and vehicle
  • Garbage bags with ties in case there are no usable toilets
  • Store your disaster supplies in a sturdy but easy-to-carry container such as a large backpack or duffel bag.
  • Replace certain supplies, such as water and food, every six months.

To purchase an emergency kits or order supplies, visit https://www.redcrossstore.org/category/id/1


Take a class with the Red Cross and be ready if an emergency strikes.



Take a training course with the Pasadena Fire Department

CERT TRAININGS – Free Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Trainings are designed for any community member. These 22 hour classes will help you learn easy steps for preparing your home and family members for disasters, how to put out small fires, how to rescue someone trapped under debris, how to safely life and carry those who may be injured, first aid, light search and rescue, and you’ll learn other very useful skills to help you be prepared to step into action safely. At the end of this training, you’ll receive a Certificate of Completion and will be much better prepared to take care of your family and your neighbors if you’re willing when the time comes.

CERT OVERVIEWS – CERT Overviews are a 4 hour introduction to CERT trainings. You’ll have a hands on opportunity to practice some of the skills available in a full CERT training – how to put out a small fire, how to rescue someone trapped under debris, how to safely lift and carry someone who is injured and first aid.


To be added to the notification list for future CERT trainings or CERT overviews, email pasadenaCERT33@cityofpasadena.net.


For more information visit, http://ww5.cityofpasadena.net/fire/community-emergency-response-team/


Emergency Alert System

Pasadena officials urge all residents to sign up for emergency alerts and other information from the City by joining the City’s Pasadena Local Emergency Alert System, or PLEAS.

PLEAS uses both text and voice messages to keep residents and community members in Pasadena informed in case of citywide or major emergencies. Phone subscribers will receive a message with the latest information and safety instructions—that must be listened to in its entirety or the system will call you back.

Register for PLEAS

During emergencies, the City also will use its government cable access TV station, KPAS, to help broadcast emergency information. Charter cable subscribers see KPAS on Channel 3 and AT&T U-verse subscriber can watch KPAS on Channel 99. KPAS is also streamed online at the City’s website and at www.pasadenamedia.tv

The City will also send out “Nixle” alerts to those who have established a free account at www.nixle.com and identified the Pasadena zip codes that they wish to receive alerts for those areas.

News & Social Media

In the event of a major disaster, widespread power outage or other emergency, use your battery-operated radio to stay tuned to local major news radio stations. Or check social media for any information.

City of Pasadena Social Media

Connect with the city’s Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and other social accounts.

KPCC 89.3 FM Radio
Member-supported public media network that operates across the region, reaching from Santa Barbara down to Los Angeles and Orange Counties, and out to the Coachella Valley.
KNX 1070 AM Radio
Southern California’s ONLY 24-hour news & traffic station. KNX is the station of record when news breaks anywhere in the world and is backed by the resources of CBS News.
KFI 640 AM Radio
News, weather, and sports. Offers streaming live and recent audio, and talent photographs. Los Angeles, California.
KTNQ 1020 AM Radio (Spanish)
Los Ángeles de noticias / charla y la estación de radio deportiva. Con una programación entretenida y muy valiosa junto con noticias e información, Univision América es un socio para la comunidad hispana.



It is important to know who to call when a disaster strikes. Below is a list of whom to report any issues you may come across. Always keep in mind to call 9-1-1 only when it is a life-threatening emergency.

To Report Department Phone
 Raw Sewage  Public Works  (626) 744-4087
Standing Water along streets and sidewalks Environmental Health Division (626) 744-6004
Power Outages Pasadena Water and Power (626) 744-4673
Building Damage Building and Safety Division (626) 744-4200
Fallen Tree or compromised trees in Public Right Away Parks and Natural Resource Division (626) 744-4321
Fallen Tree or compromised trees on Private Property Planning and Community Development (626) 744-4009
Utility Scammers Pasadena Police Department (626) 744-4241

Contact the City

Additional Resources

You can utilize the following resources to help prepare your family and community for a disaster.

American Red Cross

Whether helping one displaced family or thousands, providing care and comfort to an ill or injured service member or veteran, or teaching others how to respond in emergencies, it’s through the efforts of ordinary people that we can do extraordinary things.


Ready is a national public service advertising (PSA) campaign designed to educate and empower Americans to prepare for and respond to emergencies including natural and man-made disasters.

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)

Whether diseases start at home or abroad, are chronic or acute, curable or preventable, human error or deliberate attack, CDC fights disease and supports communities and citizens to do the same.


Everyone, everywhere, should know how to protect themselves during earthquakes. Even if earthquakes are rare where you live, they may happen where you or your family travel.