Emergency Preparedness

It is important for every household and business to be prepared in the case of an emergency.

CodeRED Emergency Alerts 
The City of Arcata uses CodeRED to send emergency notifications by phone, email, text and social media to keep residents informed of evacuation notices, utility outages, water main breaks, fires, floods, chemical spills or other emergencies.

The City may also activate CodeRED to send general notifications to registered subscribers to let them know about non-life-threatening health and safety matters such as planned road closures, water main repairs, water and power service interruptions. You can receive these types of notifications by electing to receive general alerts.

Please click here to sign up for CodeRED emergency alerts. There is no charge to register or use CodeRED and all personal information is kept confidential.

Household Emergency Preparedness Tips

Earthquake Warning California

Earthquake Warning California is the country’s first publicly available, statewide warning system that could give California residents crucial seconds to take cover before an earthquake. Managed by the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES), Earthquake Warning California 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.

To receive earthquake warnings, individuals and family members can download the MyShake App and ensure phone settings are adjusted to receive emergency alerts.


Local Hazard Mitigation Plan
Hazard mitigation is the use of long and short-term strategies to reduce or alleviate personal injury, property damage and the loss of life that can result from a disaster.

Humboldt County's Operational Area Hazard Mitigation Plan was approved by the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services on October 24, 2019 and submitted to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for approval, and on January 2, 2020, FEMA determined the Hazard Mitigation Plan is eligible for approval pending adoption by participating jurisdictions.

Please contact the Humboldt County Office of Emergency Services at 707-268-2500 for more information about this plan or the adoption process.

For more information, please click here.

Additional Emergency Preparedness Resources