Important Updates


Disaster can force you to evacuate your neighborhood or confine you to your home. Roads, water, gas, electricity and telephone service may be cut off.

If a disastrous event overwhelms or delays your community's first responders, are you prepared to go it alone for at least 72 hours?

Make a Kit

  • Build a first aid and survival kit for your home, car and workplace. For details or to purchase a kit, visit Orange County Red Cross.
  • Learn how to use a fire extinguisher.

Make a Disaster Plan

  • Meet with your family, neighbors, coworkers, and schools to create a plan, share responsibilities and work together as a team
  • Pick two places to meet:
    1. outside your home, in case of a sudden emergency or
    2. outside your neighborhood, in case you can't return home
  • Have an "out-of-state contact" for family members to call. For a card, visit
  • Post emergency numbers and teach children how to call 9-1-1 for assistance
  • Conduct fire and emergency evacuation drills
  • Consider food and shelter for pets

If Disaster Strikes

  • Work with your CERT/CEPA/BERT teams
  • Check for injuries and give first-aid
  • Listen for news and information
  • Clean up spilled bleach, gasoline, medicine and other hazardous materials
  • Shut off any damaged utilities