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Natural Disasters

California is no stranger to natural disasters. Be prepared for the types of natural disasters that could happen where you live, and follow recommended guidelines to prepare yourself and your family before disaster strikes.

Click on the links to the left to learn more about the health risks associated with various types of natural disasters, including floods, mudslides, extreme cold, and earthquakes.

Know Your Risk of Natural Hazards

Californians can enter their home or work address and see maps of their area's fire, flood, and earthquake danger and generates recommendations customized for the seriousness of each hazard.

Extreme Heat

Summer heat waves can be dangerous. A very high body temperature can damage the brain and other vital organs. Some health conditions can make it harder for the body to stay cool in hot weather. These include old age, obesity, fever, dehydration, heart disease, poor circulation, sunburn and drug and alcohol use.


Wildfires spread quickly, igniting brush, trees and homes. Reduce your risk by preparing now – before wildfire strikes. Meet with your family to decide what to do and where to go if wildfires threaten your area.

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