Emergency Services

The Office of Emergency Services (OES) operates under Police Administration and serves the entire City of Morgan Hill. OES provides educational services for city employees, residents, businesses, faith based organizations and schools to prevent, prepare, respond and recover from emergencies and disasters, both natural and man-made.

OES is staffed with one full-time Emergency Services Coordinator, who coordinates volunteer groups including the Morgan Hill Amateur Radio Emergency Services (MHARES) and the Morgan Hill Community Emergency Response Team (CERT).

OES represents the city as a member of the Santa Clara County Emergency Manager's Association (EMA) and the California Emergency Services Association (CESA). OES staff maintains the city's Emergency Operations Plan (PDF) in accordance with the State of California's Standardized Emergency Management System.

During an emergency, the city's primary goal is to ensure public safety, minimizing injury and property damage, while after an emergency the focus shifts to recovery and restoring services back to normal. Our Emergency Operations Center team trains and tests response capabilities routinely.

Preparedness Tips
In Morgan Hill we are at risk of earthquakes, fires, floods, and other disasters we cannot predict. Although we cannot eliminate these risks, the degree to which an emergency or natural disaster will affect us is directly related to how well we have prepared for it.

Following a disaster, households should plan not to have outside assistance from Fire, Law, or EMS for 72 to 96 hours. While most disasters are unpredictable, preparations to lessen their effect are critical.

Disaster Preparedness
Follow these tips to be better prepared:
Emergency Preparedness Training
Two full hours of detailed information on disaster preparedness is held the 1st Monday of every month from 7 - 9 p.m. It's free and is presented by a CERT member. More information and registration can also be found online.

Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Basic Training
Check out CERT for those interested in learning basic emergency preparedness and disaster response skills. The 8-week training sessions are offered twice a year. The training is offered free of charge to participants 14 years and older. Please visit the Morgan Hill CERT website to learn more and register.

What to Do After an Earthquake
  • Stay off the telephone unless you have a life-threatening emergency.
  • Do not flush toilets or drink tap water until you know the lines aren’t damaged.
  • Assign a family member to monitor local radio stations, television stations, and this website
    • KCBS 740 AM and 1690 FM
    • KLIV 1590 AM
    • Channel 17 (cable)
    • Morgan Hill Police Department Facebook page (like us in advance of an emergency)
Helpful Links
Ham Radio
Morgan Hill now has 356 licensed ham radio operators. You no longer need to know Morse code to get your license. Please send an email to register for the next local ham radio testing opportunity.

Map Your Neighborhood
Organize your neighborhood resources to respond following the next large scale emergency through our free Map Your Neighborhood program. Learn the “9 steps” that will make you, your family, and your immediate neighbors more resilient. Please contact  Jennifer Ponce at Morgan Hill's Office of Emergency Services to get started.

Other Useful Emergency Preparedness Links