Response is defined as actions taken immediately before, during and directly after an emergency occurs to save lives, minimize damage to property and enhance the effectiveness of recovery.

Law enforcement, emergency medical services, fire-rescue departments and are the primary first responders. When a large-scale event has occurred it is important that the response be coordinated. This generally means activating the Napa County Emergency Operations Center for central coordination. 

Public official alerting, shelter and evacuation, search and rescue and resource mobilization are part of the response mode.

Your individual emergency response is extremely important. The time you've spent on planning, communication, and preparedness will benefit you, your loved ones and neighbors.  Know what you need to do to respond quickly and correctly in that crucial time when an emergency happens. Refer to your family plan and communication tools, and talk to your neighbors.