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Emergency Preparedness

Making Preparedness Our Mission!

Stay Informed…Sign Up for AlertOC

With recent natural disasters devastating communities in our country and beyond, the City is reminding residents to sign up for its mass notification system designed to keep the public informed of emergencies.

Mission Viejo in 2008 was one of the first cities to implement AlertOC– a county-wide notification system funded by the County of Orange. The system gives City officials the ability to communicate with residents about time-sensitive issues, which could include planned and unforeseen emergencies or public-safety matters.

By registering with AlertOC, time-sensitive voice messages from the County or City in which you live or work may be sent to your home, cell or business phone. Text messages may also be sent to cell phones, e-mail accounts and hearing impaired receiving devices.  To register as a Mission Viejo resident or business, click here.

Community Emergency Preparedness Academy


CEPA was conceived early in 2003 as a collaborative effort between the City of Mission Viejo, the Orange County Fire Authority, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, Mission Hospital, Medix Ambulance and the American Red Cross.

Assuming there is a likelihood that neighbors may be in the area when an emergency occurs, the academy is uniquely organized through the Neighborhood Watch Program with the intent of preparing neighbors to work together before, during, and after disasters to minimize injury and facilitate recovery. The academy is a 32-hour certified curriculum that follows FEMA guidelines for citizen emergency response teams. It is taught by emergency personnel from the collaborative agencies. It includes law and fire disaster operations, fire safety, light search & rescue, CPR/First Aid/AED certifications, basic crisis intervention and neighborhood mobilization. The sessions include hands-on exercises in which students extinguish real fires, extricate bodies from heavy debris and treat mock injuries in response to a simulated earthquake.

Residents are encouraged to establish their own preparedness, as well as prepare to work with neighbors and function as a team to meet their group’s needs in a time of disaster. In so doing, Neighborhood Watch groups create vital support systems that will be activated in case of a disaster in the community. The program is also active in the South County Cities of Laguna Niguel, Rancho Santa Margarita, Lake Forest, Laguna Hills, Santiago Canyon, Silverado Canyon, Trabuco Canyon and Aliso Viejo.

In addition to CEPA, Neighborhood Watch provides on-going trainings in different aspects of preparedness such as Neighborhood Preparedness Planning, Animal Safety, and Emergency Water Needs.

To be placed on our emailing list contact us at cepa@cityofmissionviejo.org or call 470-8433. 


More Info

See Alert Bulletins for upcoming program schedules.  

If you don't know what to do, you are at greater risk when disaster strikes. The California Office of Emergency Services has assembled tips that you can gather on-line at their website http://www.caloes.ca.gov/ Or you can phone (916) 845-8400 to request a copy of the brochure "10 ways you can be disaster prepared."

Other helpful websites with that can assist you in getting prepared are listed below: 

Contact Us

For more information on all of the above programs, please contact CEPA@cityofmissionviejo.org or call Police Services at (949) 470-8433.