Central Coast Staying Safe Booklet

Counties: Monterey, San Benito, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz


The beauty of the Central Coast evokes a sense of pride from residents, and attracts visitors worldwide. Those of us lucky enough to live in the region know how breathtaking the area can be. But we all know that we live in earthquake country. Since this area of California has so much quake activity, understanding the risks and preparing to survive and recover can help keep your family safe.

Most of us in the Central Coast live less than 15 miles from a fault that can have a damaging earthquake. The most frequent large earthquakes that will affect the region will occur along the San Andreas fault. The San Gregorio fault follows the coast, usually just offshore. Numerous other faults are capable of having moderate magnitude (but still damaging) earthquakes similar to the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake.

Life After a Big Quake

These earthquakes will disrupt services like electricity, water and sewer, and may limit access in and out of the region. Fire and police departments will be dealing with the most serious situations and may be unable to respond quickly to issues in your community. Government assistance may not be available or not enough to replace your damaged belongings or repair your home. Good news: Preparing now will give you confidence that you and your family will stay safe where the earth shakes.

For additional information by county, see the following links:

In Monterey: Visit the website of the Monterey County Office of Emergency Services or call (831) 796-1900

In San Benito: Go to www.cosb.us and select Emergency Services Department or go to www.cosb.us/safety/emergency-preparedness or call (831) 636-4168
After-Hours Emergency Contact Number: (831) 902-5061

In San Luis Obispo: Visit the website of the San Luis Obispo County Office of Emergency Services or call: (805) 781-5011

In Santa Barbara: Visit the website of the Santa Barbara County Office of Emergency Services or call (805) 560-1081

In Santa Cruz County: Visit the website of the Santa Cruz County Office of Emergency Services or call (831) 458-7150
After-Hours Emergency Contact Number: (831) 471-1190

Central Coast Earthquake Alliance

The Central Coast Earthquake Alliance is one of four regional alliances that comprise the statewide Earthquake Country Alliance, a public-private partnership of leading earthquake professionals, emergency managers, government officials, business and community leaders, and others.

The Central Coast Earthquake Alliance is the newest alliance and is looking to rapidly expand its membership.

Join today using one of our online forms. You can also select either of the following participant lists to see who is involved in the Central Coast Earthquake Alliance. (Activities are organized by Alliance Associates. Alliance Members receive updates and are invited to events.)

Central Coast Earthquake Alliance Associates

Central Coast Earthquake Alliance Members

The mission and vision of the Central Coast Earthquake Alliance are the same as the statewide Earthquake Country Alliance.

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