Family Emergency Plans
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Make a Plan
How often is your entire family all in one place at one time?

The likelihood becomes even less in the chance of a disaster. Odds are your children will be at school, your pet will be at home and you will be at work. How will you contact one another, get back together and handle the disaster in your individual locations?

Making a family emergency plan will help you to think about these questions and answer them before the disaster strikes.

Learn more about how to make a family plan by visiting, Orange County’s emergency planning webpage.

Put Together Your Emergency Supply Kit
How many gallons of water are in your closet? Do you have a flashlight and batteries in the car or extra medication at the office?

When preparing for a possible emergency situation, it's best to think first about the basics of survival: fresh water, food, clean air and warmth.

However, your disaster kit may include other essential items that your family may need in the event of a disaster such as prescription medicine, diapers or spare contacts.

Learn more about how to make a family plan by visiting, Orange County’s emergency planning webpage.

You may also want to inquire about emergency plans at places where your family spends time: work, daycare and school. If no plans exist, consider volunteering to help create one. Talk to your neighbors about how you can work together in the event of an emergency. You will be better prepared to safely reunite your family and loved ones during an emergency if you think ahead and communicate with others in advance. Read more:

Get Involved
Become involved in emergency preparedness and response in our community.

Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

The next class will begin in January of 2013. Our winter class will meet on six Tuesday evenings and one Saturday. For more information or to register please contact the Emergency Planning Assistant at 949-361-6109 or email

CERT Class Number 8 – March 2014

In an emergency, response resources will be stretched thin. CERT is a nationally-recognized, positive, and realistic approach to emergency and disaster situations where citizens may initially be on their own and their actions can make a difference. While people will respond to others in need without this training, one goal of the CERT program is to help them do so effectively and efficiently without placing themselves in unnecessary danger. In the CERT training, citizens learn to:

  • Manage utilities and extinguish small fires
  • Treat three medical killers by opening airways, controlling bleeding, and treating for shock
  • Understand disaster psychology
  • Provide basic medical aid
  • Search for and rescue victims safely

  • CERT training is a challenging 20 hour program that takes place over several days. Each day is packed full of training and information. You must attend all classes to become certified as CERT trained. Once trained, you can join the City’s CERT Team.

    Tri-Cities Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Services

    Tri-Cities RACES is an association of radio amateurs from Dana Point, San Clemente and San Juan Capistrano. We volunteer to aid our communities in their times of emergency need when called out by one of our sponsoring organizations. We provide emergency radio support to public agencies in the greater Tri-Cities area. In addition, we participate in community events, providing amateur radio communications that will assist in coordinating and delivering event information on demand.

    To learn more about Tri-City RACES Click Here.

    Katie Carpenter, Emergency Planning Coordinator, (949) 361-6109 or email

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