Local Hazards & Emergency Situations


Maricopa County Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan

The Town of Gilbert has joined forces with Maricopa County and other jurisdictions within the Valley to review and update the existing Maricopa County Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan.  The goal of mitigation planning is to reduce or eliminate long-term risk to life and property from all natural hazard events.  Mitigation is not how we respond to emergencies like floods and wildfires, but rather how we as a community prevent the impact of such things in the first place.

The mitigation planning process involves identifying and profiling the natural hazards most likely to occur in a community, assessing the vulnerability to these hazards, and establishing goals, actions, and projects that mitigate the associated risks.  The update of this mitigation plan will also ensure continued eligibility for non-emergency, federal and state hazard mitigation grants.

Public input on the mitigation planning process is important and residents are encouraged to educate themselves about the existing hazard mitigation plan and offer comments on the update.  For more information, please visit the Maricopa County website or contact:

Sheri Gibbons CEM
Emergency Management Coordinator
Gilbert Fire and Rescue Department

Meredith Bond, LEPC/Social Media Coordinator
Maricopa County Emergency Management

Thunderstorms, Lightning, and Monsoons

Severe thunderstorms with rain, strong winds and lightning can occur in the Valley year-round and at all hours, so be prepared.

Extreme Heat

If Gilbert is suffering a prolonged period of excessive heat and humidity, you should take steps to protect your safety and health.

Water Contamination

If Gilbert experiences a major disruption to the Town's water system, you may be asked to stop using any water from City sources.

Power Outages

A major power outage, especially during the summer months, can be dangerous for residents of all ages. Are you prepared?

Hazardous Materials

In the event of a major chemical emergency, listen carefully to radio or television emergency alert stations and follow instructions.

Palo Verde Nuclear Power Plant

In the event of an accident involving the actual or potential release of radiation into the atmosphere, citizens should be informed, prepared.

Public Health Incident

Federal, state and county health agencies are monitoring seasonal and novel flu viruses can affect large segments of the population.