Resources and Links

Emergencies: dial 911

News & Weather

KUSP in Big Sur: 105.9 FM

NOAA weather alerts: 162.475 on a scanner (channel 3 or 4 on most weather and two-way radios)

NOAA weather information

National Weather Service: 831-656-1725, press 1 then press 3. (Note: if you know your precise latitude and longitude you can swap those out with the ones in the web address for very specific information in your area.)

National Weather Service (audio)

NOAA Precipitation Map

Nepenthe Weather Station - Real-time and historical weather information at Nepenthe


CHP Traffic Info: Use the pulldowns to do custom searches on Highway One or elsewhere.

California DOT Traffic conditions, Highway 1

Cal Trans: (805) 549-3138 - goes to Susanna Cruz, a Cal Trans rep


If you smell natural gas, see downed power lines, or suspect another emergency situation, leave the area immediately and then call 9-1-1 and PG&E at 1-800-743-5000.

Customer Service: 1-800-743-5000
Report an Outage: 1-800-743-5002

Web Cams

Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park


Local Organizations & Resources

Big Sur Volunteer Fire Brigade: (831) 667-2113, PO Box 520, Big Sur, CA 93920

Mid-Coast Fire Brigade: (831) 625-8175 Primary. (831) 626-1961 Unstaffed fire station.

Big Sur Health Center: Can assist with all medical needs, including prescriptions - (831) 667-2580.

Big Sur Chamber of Commerce: (831) 667-2100

Coast Property Owners Association

Disaster Preparedness and Agency Assistance

Debris Flow Hazard Report and Maps: See detailed reports of the State Emergency Assessent Team, outlining risk probablity and severity in specific locations throughout Big Sur. Be sure to check out the detailed maps in Google Maps and Google Earth.

County of Monterey Winter Storm Preparedness, Are you ready?

Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS): Provides free site surveys on private lands. Salinas Office: (831) 424-1036, Robert LaFleur: extension 101, Danny Marquis: extension 115.

SPCA Disaster Preparedness Guide for Pets and Livestock: For questions or assistance with emergency pet or livestock evacuations during disasters call 831-373-2631.

Disaster Preparedness from the Red Cross: Contact the Carmel Chapter for food and shelter needs in emergencies at (831) 624-6921 or

Office of Emergency Services: Individuals and Businesses: Rob Clyburn: (831) 796-1902, Non Profits and Agencies: Phil Yenovkian: (831) 796-1904

Montery County Planning Department: For questions regarding permitting: Carl Holm (831) 755-5103

Erosion Control Info from Montery County Resource Management

Other Area Resources

Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula: (831) 624-5311 Highway 68 West, Carmel, CA

Health Department: For questions regarding water systems, hazardous materials and waste, call (831) 755-4505

Monterey County Sheriff's Office: (831) 755-3722

Dispatch for the Sheriff's Office: (831) 755-5100

Dispatch for CHP: (831) 796-2160

U.S. Forest Service: For questions relating to Forest Service land call (831) 385-5434.

Other CERT Resources

Radio Purchase Recommendation (PDF)

Midland 2 way radios on Amazon (Note: The more expensive models usually have more power and this is a benefit as they can usually work at a greater distance.)

CERT Gear and Equipment

For more information on CERT, please visit:

CERT Forms

Click here to download PDF's of all the forms in one ZIP file

Individual forms:

201 Incident Briefing
202 Incident Objectives
203 Organization Assignment List
204 Division Assignment List
205 Incident Radio Communications Plan
206 Medical Plan
207 Incident Command Structure
209 Incident Status Summary
211 Incident Check-in List
213 General Message
214 Unit Log
215 Operational Planning Worksheet
216 Radio Requirements Worksheet
217 Radio Frequency Assignment Worksheet
218 Support Vehicle Inventory