Fire Department, Public Safety

Disasters Don’t Wait—Make Your Plan Today

August 31, 2020

Images of a crack in asphalt from an earthquake, a wildfire, and a flooded road

National Preparedness Month begins on Tuesday with the theme “Disasters Don’t Wait—Make Your Plan Today.”

Throughout the month of September, the City of Hayward will be participating in the federal government’s National Preparedness Month campaign by highlighting weekly preparation activities and providing resources to help Hayward households get ready.

A major earthquake along the Hayward fault is considered an inevitability in addition to events we have been experiencing in recent years—extreme heat, wildfires, power outages and a viral pandemic.

Week 1 of National Preparedness Month 2020 encourages households to Make a Plan, which entails getting familiar with the types of disasters that can affect our communities, knowing how to connect with one another in a disaster or other emergency, and how to reconnect if separated.

One important step in the process of making a preparedness plan is to sign up for AC Alert, the Alameda County mass notification system with which the City of Hayward has partnered.

To learn more, go to, the federal government’s official preparedness website, and, the Hayward Fire Department’s preparedness webpage.