Office of Emergency Services (OES) / Disaster Preparedness

A Citizen Guide to Disaster Preparedness
Frequently asked Questions

  1. Does the City of Antioch have a community emergency disaster warning system?

    Yes. The city utilizes the “Standard Emergency Notification System” via television and radio in the event of an emergency. The other “Community Warning System” is a siren exclusively used for chemical releases at fixed facilities.
  2. What should I do in case the community warning system is activated?

    You should “Shelter in Place”, which means you should close all doors and windows, and turn off the heating or air-conditioning system, including fireplace vent to create the best seal. Turn the radio to KCBS, station 740 am, or turn on the television to a local bay area news station. You will be instructed as to what to do. You may also receive an automated phone call to inform you of what has occurred and how to respond.
  3. Does the City of Antioch have an evacuation plan?

    Yes. It is predicated on the type of emergency and its location.
  4. Does the City of Antioch have a disaster-preparedness plan?

    Yes. The disaster-preparedness plan is updated and practiced annually. All city employees are trained as disaster service workers and perform annual disaster-preparedness drills. As a citizen, you too should have a disaster preparedness plan in place.
  5. How would I obtain information about a disaster in progress? Does the City of Antioch have a central communication center for disaster preparedness?

    The City uses various public communication systems; local television news stations and local radio station KCBS 740 am. A telephone number may be established for long lasting events.
  6. Does the City of Antioch have designated sites that will be used for emergency shelters?

    Yes. The City will use local schools, community centers, large churches, and the fairgrounds, or any other site that would be suitable for the size, location, and number of residents impacted.
  7. What are the known potential hazards in the Antioch area that I should be aware of?

    As in every other California city we could experience the following; earthquakes, severe winter storms, wild land fires, and hazardous materials events.
  8. What should I do in general to prepare myself and my family for a potential disaster?

    The City of Antioch web’s site, will provide you with specific information on how to develop a family or personal preparedness plan. You can also telephone 925-779-6929.
  9. What are the recommended supplies for a disaster-preparedness kit and how many kits should I have? (house, car, boat, etc.)

    You should have a disaster kit for every family member. Disaster kits should be kept at home (outside in a protected area), at work, and in your car. You never know where you might be when a disaster strikes.
  10. What should I do with my pets in case of a disaster?

    Make sure you have ample supplies for your pet in case of an emergency. The City of Antioch, as part of their disaster preparedness plan, has secured a section at Contra Costa County Fairgrounds as a shelter for animals. Pets are not allowed at Red Cross Shelters.
  11. I have serious medical issues, what agency should I contact to get immediate medical attention?

    If you have a life threatening emergency telephone 911. Resources could be limited, and if so your emergency may have to be prioritized.
  12. I’m disabled, what should I do in addition to standard disaster-preparedness practices to prepare myself for a disaster?

    You should have an emergency contact that can check in on you in the event of a disaster. Emergency responders may be so inundated that it may take time to check on your status. The City of Antioch can provide you with excellent resources on how to prepare for a disaster. Please telephone 925-779-6929 or e-mail Lt. Morefield at for additional information.
  13. Where could I obtain more information about disaster-preparedness?

    E-mail Lt. Morefield: The following websites will also provide additional information regarding disaster-preparedness, and .

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Cert: Citizens Emergency Response Team
Training provided to the
Community of Antioch!

In a disaster, you may
be on your own!!!

Your neighbors are learning
what to do…are you?

The Citizens Emergency Response Team will learn to help themselves and others! Through “CERT” you can receive:

  • Disaster First Aid Training
  • Light Search and Rescue
  • Disaster Preparedness
  • Damage Assessment
  • Basic Firefighting
  • How to turn off utilities and more!!

Classes are being scheduled now for various locations in your community! For more information and to register for classes, contact Theresa Miller at or call 925-698-7533.


emergency worker

Disasters strike with little or no warning. Following a major disaster, local emergency responders will be completely overwhelmed. You need to be prepared to survive unaided for the first 3 days.
You have a choice, be part of the solution or part of the problem. Are you ready?
Getting started: Meet with your family. Discuss the types of disasters that could occur.

  • Explain how to prepare and respond.
  • Discuss what to do if advised to evacuate.
  • Practice what you have discussed.

Plan how your family will stay in contact. If separated by disaster:
1. Pick two meeting places:
A) A location a safe distance from your home in case of fire.
B) A place outside your neighborhood in case you can't return home.
2. Choose an out-of state friend as a "check-in contact" for everyone to call.
More Information

The information contained in this brochure is intended as a guide and is not all-inclusive. For more information contact:
City of Antioch Office of Emergency Services
300 L Street, Antioch, CA 94509
Tel (925) 779-6929
Fax (925) 779-6905
Complete these Emergency Preparedness Steps

  • Post emergency telephone numbers by every telephone.
  • Show responsible family members how and when to shut off water, gas and electricity at main switches.
  • Install a smoke detector on each level of your home, especially near bedrooms; test monthly and change the batteries two times each year.
  • Contact your local fire department to learn about home fire hazards.
Learn first aid and CPR. Contact your local American Red Cross chapter for information and training.