Emergency Preparedness

The city of Scottsdale’s Emergency Manager oversees the city’s preparation for disasters and emergencies and coordinates large-scale emergency responses.

Ready Scottsdale Emergency Preparedness Program

Disasters can happen anytime, anywhere! Are you Ready? Do you have a Plan?

Please join us at the Scottsdale Community Design Studio, 7506 E. Indian School Rd. from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. on the dates below for a discussion about how to be better prepared for a disaster. This program is being presented at no cost. Seating is limited, register now!

Select a date to register:

Community Emergency Response Training

Scottsdale’s Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) are citizens who have volunteered to receive basic emergency response skills training so they can better assist their families, friends and neighbors.

The CERT program trains the community in basic disaster prevention and response skills such as disaster preparedness, fire suppression, disaster medical operations, search and rescue, organization and disaster psychology.

This six-week course culminates in a disaster simulation. Classes are hands-on, intensive, and designed to offer students decision making and practical skills needed to safely assist families, neighbors and coworkers in the event of an emergency or disaster.

Upcoming Classes

We are between classes right now, but will be scheduling another class in the Spring of 2019. Check back for class and registration information. Thank you for your interest in the CERT Program!

Become a National Weather Service Storm Spotter

Interested in the Weather?

Free training classes provided by the National Weather Service are still being held throughout the Phoenix area teaching people how to properly identify and report significant weather phenomena and contribute to public safety. To find and register for a class near you go to:  https://www.wrh.noaa.gov/psr/general/skywarn/index.php links to external site


Prepare your home and be self-sufficient during monsoon storms and other emergencies

While the city of Scottsdale is prepared to respond to the full range of emergency situations, you, your family and your pets should be prepared to go without assistance for several days should a major storm or disaster strike.

Things to consider:

  • How will you communicate with your family during an emergency if phone systems don’t work or are overloaded?
  • Do you have a designated family meeting place if you are separated?
  • What will you do if you have to evacuate your home?

Here are some resources to help you prepare:

Get updates at ScottsdaleAZ.gov or via Twitter at @ScottsdalePD links to external site , @ScottsdaleFD links to external site  and @ScottsdaleAZgov links to external site .


Seasonal storms can cause flooding in Scottsdale. During these storms, the city may make sand and sandbags available to help residents protect their property.

When available, sandbag information and pickup location will be posted on the homepage.

Contact Information

City of Scottsdale - Office of Emergency Management 
Brent Olson - Emergency Manager
P: 480-312-1886

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