Meeting the Needs of Challenging Times

The County of Santa Cruz faces significant challenges to create a more resilient community in the face of impacts from global climate change that are already being felt in the form of drought and severe storm events, as well as the expectation of sea level rise.

Earthquakes are also an ever-present danger, our aging infrastructure may be inadequate to meet future challenges, and there is an urgent need to address both housing unaffordability and social inequity. The County stands at a crossroads as we plan for today and prepare for tomorrow.

In order to improve our emergency response, increase the public’s disaster awareness and prepare for a new normal where disasters are more prevalent and more robust due to climate change, the Board of Supervisors, created the Office of Response, Recovery and Resilience (OR3) in December 2020.

This page will feature the advances being made by OR3 in our mission to strengthen the resilience of our community. Stay tuned!