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Emergency Alerts, Activation and Resources

Wildfire Preparedness

The threat of wildfire is a given in many parts of California, including our district. Check out CalFire's wildfire preparedness website to learn how you can harden your home against wildfire.


Where to get sandbags

During periods of heavy rain, sandbags are available at Hercules City Hall (111 Civic Dr.) and the Hercules Swim Center (2001 Refugio Valley Rd.). Bring your own shovel; bags and sand will be provided. Click above to see more locations throughout Contra Costa County.


When to Call 911

In an emergency, dial 911 from your phone immediately. An emergency is any situation that requires immediate assistance from the police, fire department or ambulance. 


Contra Costa County Community Alerts

CWS can alert residents and businesses within Contra Costa County that are impacted by, or are in danger of being impacted by, an emergency. The CWS message will include basic information about the incident and what specific protective actions (shelter in place, lockdown, evacuate, avoid the area, etc.) are necessary to protect life and health. CWS is generally not used for traffic notifications or other non-life-threatening incidents. 


Zonehaven Community Evacuation

Providing the community with critical evacuation updates, resources and latest updates on active incidents (in English, Spanish and Chinese). Empower first responders and agencies with evacuation management. Evacuate faster and safer.


Contra Costa Crisis Center 211

The Contra Costa Crisis Center manages an extraordinary database of useful resources and information for County residents. You can access social service and health information 24 hours a day, seven days a week, by calling the three digit, toll-free number "211" from any phone. Nearly 700 agencies and organizations contribute to provide more than 1,600 services and programs to County residents in need via the 211 database. 


Suicide Hotline

“988” is the three-digit, nationwide phone number to connect directly to the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline. By calling or texting 988, you’ll connect with mental health professionals with the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline, formerly known as the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Veterans can press “1” after dialing 988 to connect directly to the Veterans Crisis Lifeline which serves our nation’s Veterans, service members, National Guard and Reserve members, and those who support them. For texts, Veterans should continue to text the Veterans Crisis Lifeline short code: 838255. 


EBMUD Alerts and Outages

Stay up-to-date about service outages and construction affecting your street address or any address in EBMUD’s service area. In the future, you will be able to choose additional subscription topics to be notified about.  


PG&E, Pacific Gas and Electric, What to do in Case of an Emergency

(Smell natural gas, power outage or another emergency situation) 

Receive notifications about outages, payment due dates, service visits, savings tips or other helpful topics. Alerts are sent by your choice of text, email or phone. 


Contra Costa Animal Control Services

Contra Costa County animal control is a department of Contra Costa County, California. The Department's mission is to protect public health and safety through the control and regulation of animals who pose a threat to people or other animals. Animal Control provides animal-related services for residents as well as visitors to the county. They also offer educational materials on topics such as rabies prevention, feral cats, and wildlife hazards. 


Contra Costa County Mosquito and Vector Control

Contra Costa Mosquito and Vector Control District plays a vital role in maintaining this environment while protecting the residents from insects and animals that can carry disease. The District helps to ensure Contra Costa County remains a great place to live, where people can enjoy the outdoors. 


Lindsay Wildlife

Found an Animal? If the animal needs medical attention, keep it in a cardboard box with a lid, or a closed paper bag in a warm, dark and quiet place until you can bring it to the hospital. Leave a message on our Hospital Hotline Voicemail at (925) 659-8156 for a call back with information. 


LifeLong Medical Care 

LifeLong Medical Care is a not-for-profit community health center network providing services to people of all ages regardless of ability to pay or immigration status. With offices in Rodeo and Pinole, LifeLong’s local resources include a medical office/clinic, immediate/urgent care, dental, behavioral and other health services. They assist patients in enrolling in social services and benefit programs such as Medi-Cal and SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program).  Patients of LifeLong Medical Care have access to a wide variety of providers, wellness programs and other resources.