Whether you are an artist, creative professional, or arts organization manager – it pays to have an emergency preparedness plan.


& a Letter from Congressman Huffman

CAL FIRE offers an ability to sign up to receive current information on area fires. You can create a wildfire readiness plan on the CAL FIRE website.

Watch Duty is an app that can provide you with real-time information about fire movement and firefighting efforts in your area.

Air Now can provide you with air quality information – type in your zip code and know how to keep yourself and your loved ones safe from unhealthy air quality.

ALERT Wildfire provides fire cameras and tools to help firefighters and first responders. Look up its website’s many cameras throughout the North Bay and North Coast area.

Your county sheriff’s department generally oversees evacuation information. Counties have evacuation maps and zones; you should learn yours before an emergency happens.


HUBS & ROUTES readiness maps for the Mendocino Coast for use in preventing, preparing for and outlasting emergencies.

ShakeAlert is an earthquake detection and alert system developed by the U.S. Geological Survey. It sends alerts when the first signs of a significant earthquake are detected. Smartphones in California running Google’s Android operating system have the built-in ability to receive ShakeAlert notifications.

Apps for Apple and Android smartphones that will display ShakeAlert messages in California include MyShake from UC Berkeley and QuakeAlert USA from Early Warning Labs.


To sign up for notifications about planned power outages, scheduled repairs, or other issues in your area, visit PG&E’s alerts page. See your provider’s website if you don’t receive power from PG&E. Typically, it will explain how you can sign up for timely alerts.


Nixle allows public safety agencies to communicate with you about local emergencies. It’s a free service that allows you only to receive alerts for your area. Text your ZIP CODE to 888777 to opt in.

New Mendocino County Emergency Website

Arts Council of Mendocino County (COVID-19) Resources and Response Center

MendoAlert, the Mendocino County Emergency Alert and Notification Service

Community Resource Hubs and Alternate Rescue Routes Throughout Mendocino Coast Health Care District

a set of tools for supporting each other and our leaders through challenging times

Mendo Lake Food Hub

Increasing the availability of local produce and the viability of local farms by connecting growers and buyers through an easy to use network

Public Safety Power Shutoff Resorces:


Find what you need during the power shutoffs such as open gas stations, grocery stores, hardware stores, etc.

Are You Prepared?

PG&E PSPS Resources





Arts & Culture Resources

Americans for the Arts – provides links to tools for artists and arts organizations to be prepared on the front end of an emergency.

ArtsReady – an online emergency preparedness service by and for arts/cultural nonprofits, provides arts organizations with customized business continuity plans for post-crisis sustainability.

Cultural Placekeeping Guide – How to create a network for local emergency action —for arts agencies, arts and culture organizations, and artists.

National Coalition for Arts’ Preparedness & Emergency Response – helps ensure that artists, arts/cultural organizations, cultural funders, and arts businesses have the capacity and ability to respond effectively to disasters and emergencies affecting the arts and culture sector.

Performing Arts Readiness Project –  a pilot project that focuses on efforts to raise awareness of the value of and priority for planning for emergencies among performing arts organizations.

Studio Protector (by CERF+): A step-by-step process for ensuring that you are ready for a disaster before it arrives.

General Resources

Mendocino County Disaster Recovery

North Coast Opportunities provides disaster case managers to support the needs of fire survivors. Grant applications, local resources, and one-on-one support is available.

County of Mendocino Emergency Preparedness – Emergency Responders may be unable to reach all citizens for various reasons and therefore it is essential that individuals and neighborhoods be prepared to be on their own for a minimum of 3 to 5 days; this website covers emergency kits, communications, and more.

Emergency and Disaster Preparedness – learn how to make a plan, including building an emergency kit with basic survival items.

Listos – A grass-roots disaster preparedness program that can be tailored to meet the individual needs of Spanish-speaking communities.

Public Safety Power Shutoff – PG&E may have to turn off power during extreme weather or wildfire conditions; find preparedness information at this link.

Wildfire Resource Guide: A Message from Rep. Huffman (2020)

  • This letter below still has important information.

After several years working with wildfire survivors, I know how complicated and daunting the recovery process can be. This year, we have an added threat that requires adapting the way we respond to fires – the COVID-19 pandemic. That is why I’ve developed a new Wildfire Resource Guide. I want to ensure you have the information and resources needed to safely navigate this fire in the face of a deadly pandemic and can quickly and easily recover when we come out on the other side.

The guide can be found here or by visiting my website. It includes information about all the federal resources currently available to those affected by the fires, including FEMA assistance and Small Business Administration loans. The guide will be updated if and when more resources become available.

My staff and I are here to help in any way we can. We are here for the long haul. Please don’t hesitate to call one of my district offices if you need assistance. If we aren’t the right place to get you what you need, my staff will guide you to the state and local resources too.

Thank you,
Jared Huffman
Member of Congress


ACT Insurance, Artists, Crafters, and Tradesman Show & Event Insurance

Business Insurance: Guidebook for Artists, by CERF+ and Studio Protector

Insurance Hub, from CERF+

Artist in the Spotlight

Event Spotlight

A Rare Intimate Evening Concert with Spencer Brewer and Friends

at Willits Center for the Arts

Dec 16 at 7pm