With a population over 70,000 and more than 2,500 businesses, located in an urban area prone to earthquakes, Union City is vulnerable to a number of natural and man-made disasters, including earthquakes, fires, floods and industrial accidents. As a city, our most important responsibility is to protect the public and ensure that everyone is ready to respond to and recover from these and other potentially devastating events.
All residents, local employees and visitors are encouraged to take actions now to improve their individual preparedness. Don’t be caught unprepared; a little prep goes a long way!
In case of a major emergency, the City will provide updates on the City website, social media portals like Facebook, Twitter, and Nextdoor, and through the media. Tune your radio to KCBS at 740 AM for important alerts and updates. A good place to start is the Alameda County emergency and disaster preparedness website at Ready.acgov.org.
To receive Union City-specific alerts your cellphone, we encourage you to sign up for Nixle.
Preparing for the unexpected is the best defense against emergencies and disasters. Knowing what to do before an emergency arises will help you respond quickly when it happens—after all, it's not a question of "if," but "when." Make plans now to be prepared later. Check out the links below to help you, your family and your business survive and recover from a wide variety of dangerous situations:
- Make an emergency kit
- Have a communication plan
- Document family emergency information
- Learn First Aid
- Know how to keep your pets safe
- Sign up with Nixle to get local, real-time alerts, instructions, and updates on your cell phone
Consider signing up for Nixle, which is a free application that you can download to receive real-time alerts and important messages from Union City and other local authorities on your cell phone. And it is a good idea to learn practical survival skills by taking free Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training courses, offered throughout the year. Contact the Alameda County Fire Department for additional information on free, personalized trainings.
Take these steps NOW to help you prepare, survive and recover:
- Secure your space by identifying hazards and securing moveable items.
- Plan to be safe by creating a disaster plan and deciding how you will communicate in an emergency.
- Organize disaster supplies in convenient locations.
- Minimize financial hardship by organizing important documents, strengthening your property, and considering insurance.
In Union City, the Alameda County Fire Department (ACFD) provides fire response and emergency medical services. In addition, one of the most important functions of the Fire Department is fire prevention, which includes both education and enforcement programs. Fire inspectors work with homeowners and businesses to ensure that the Union City Fire Code is followed. These programs have a proven track record in reducing the losses from fires.
In addition to providing training for the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program, where you can get free practical training in emergency response actions for the individual and neighborhood level, the fire department also offers Personal Preparedness Workshops and other services for the community. You can take a tour of the fire station in your neighborhood or ride along on the truck for up to 8 hours! And you can also get free, hands-on training in CPR or use of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED).
Floods are among the most frequent and costly natural disasters, and pose a serious risk to life, property, public health and the economy. Although devastating floods are most likely in areas with extensive development in floodplains and around levees, like the California Central Valley, every city is at risk of flood damage.
California's rainy season usually lasts from November to April, bringing heavy flooding and increased flood risks with it; however, flooding can happen at any time. Union City residents, businesses and visitors need to be aware of the possibility and take action in advance to reduce potential damages.
You can check your potential for flood risk (and other hazards) by your address or zip code by clicking on this link, to the California Emergency Management Agency’s Hazard Mitigation Portal. You can check for up-to-the-minute weather forecasts at the National Weather service, and check for weather alerts from the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Watches and Warnings site.
Flood Preparedness Resources:
- How You Should Prepare
- Individuals & Families
- Businesses, Utilities & Non-Profits
- Volunteer and Donate During Disasters
Emergency Notification System
The City uses CodeRED to send mass notifications by phone, email and text to keep citizens informed. In the event of an evacuation, utility outage, water main break, fire or flood, chemical spill, or other emergency situation, the City may activate CodeRED to send emergency notifications to registered subscribers. The City may also use CodeRED to communicate non-life safety matters, such as planned road closures, water main repairs, water service interruptions, etc.
There is no charge to register for or use CodeRED, and personal information is kept confidential. Registering for CodeRED is quick and easy.
Things to Know About CodeRED
- CodeRED delivers notifications by phone, email, text, and/or mobile alerts.
- CodeRED is compatible with TDD/TTY devices for those who are deaf or hard of hearing.
- Individuals who have already registered for the service but would like to update their phone number or add a cell phone number to the database may do so by re-registering.
CodeRED Mobile Alert App
Residents and visitors can now receive enhanced public safety alerts no matter where they are through the CodeRED Mobile Alert App, a free public safety app for both Android and iPhone users. The CodeRED Mobile Alert app is similar to the CodeRED telephone notification system; however, instead of issuing calls, the app delivers community and emergency alerts to anyone located within a notification area via their mobile device.
If you are currently a CodeRED subscriber who has already registered your mobile phone to get notifications from the City, you will continue to receive calls. However, if you download the app, you will also be able to get alerts to your smartphone anywhere in the country, including Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and Alaska.