In our changing world of large-scale wildfires and planned power shutoffs, emergency preparedness has never been more important. We hope everyone has been able to stay safe and we offer condolences to those who have been affected by the fires. Whether planned or out of the blue, power outages are becoming increasingly likely with the rise in extreme weather events. There is no time like the present to plan for the future and assemble your emergency kit. There are many resources for help in assisting your friends, family, and loved ones. Contra Costa County’s “Emergency Alerts & Resources” webpage has safety tips for a number of scenarios, including preparing for a power outage (preparándose para un apagón).

Californians are seeing the early effects of climate change first hand. We know it is urgent to take action now for a better tomorrow. The community program, the Cleaner Contra Costa Challenge makes it easy to take action and stay motivated. You'll find concrete steps that everyone can take to address climate change and make our homes more resilient.  Each action contains resources to help you find rebates and programs. From a home battery backup that can reduce your dependency on the grid—especially when paired with solar panels—to easy actions for saving energy and reducing waste, the Challenge has actions for everyone. Long term, you can make a big impact by talking about solutions with your family, friends, and neighbors so that together we make our world more resilient, and breathe a little easier

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