While Davis is not generally considered to be at high risk for natural disasters, several types of natural disasters are possible in the region.
During the summer months, the Sacramento Valley heats up, sometimes to hazarous levels. Learn how to protect yourself and others at the Yolo County OES Summer Weather Resources page.
City of Davis Cooling Centers
The City of Davis will open a cooling center if there are three consecutive days of triple digit heat and/or if the day time/evening temperature does not drop enough to cool off. This is a general guideline, and cooling center activiation may change due to specific conditions at the time.
All of California is exposed to earthquake risk. Wherever you live or travel in California, you should be prepared for an earthquake. Learn more about earthquake preparedness from FEMA.
Although Davis is not considered to have a wildland fire danger, we do have areas within the City, and many areas around Davis that can be at risk to fire. Learn about fire prevention, fire safety, and fire protection ffrom the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE).
- Interactive California Fire Risk Map from the CPUC
- Wildfire Safety Tips (PDF)
- Wildfire Resources from the Yolo County OES
- CAL FIRE Statewide Fire Map & Current Incident Information
- InciWeb National Fire Map & Incident Information
- State of California Power Outage and Fire Recovery Resources
Even though Davis is not considered to have a wildland fire danger, we can still be exposed to smoke from wildfires many miles away. The Yolo-Solano Air Quality Management District is a public health agency and charged with keeping residents informed about air quality and how to reduce air pollution locally. Visit the Yolo-Solano Air Quality Management District website to learn more about local air quality.
Additional air quality resources:
- Spare the Air provides air quality information from government maintained sensors
- Purple Air provides air quality information from local sensors
Davis is of low risk for storm-related flooding, however remember that anywhere it rains, it can flood. Flood risk is based on a number of factors including rainfall, topography, flood-control measures, river flow and tidal surge data, and changes due to new construction and development.
Visit the Yolo County Office of Emergency Services flooding resources web page to learn about flood plain information, flood protection, flood warning systems, and more.
Power outages may occur from both planned and unplanned events, and may last from minutes to days. Learn how to prepare for power outages from P&GE.
The PG&E Public Safety Power Shutoff program was developed in cooperation with state utility regulators at the Public Utilities Commission. The program allows PG&E to shut down electricity on transmission and distribution lines in fire-prone areas during high fire-risk moments. Learn more about the PG&E Public Safety Power Shutoff Program.
The decision to shut down an area is determined by several factors. It starts with a “red flag warning” issued by the National Weather Service when forecast weather conditions are about to create significant fire danger. PG&E officials say they will consider a Public Safety Power Shutoff if humidity is 20 percent or below, with average wind speed forecast at 20 mph or higher and with expected gusts of 40-plus mph. PG&E officials say they also will take into account field observations of how much dry fuel and live vegetation is in a given area.