Laura Farinella
Chief of Police
505 Forest Avenue
Laguna Beach, CA 92651


Subject :September is National Preparedness Month
Contact :Jordan Villwock, Emergency Operations Coordinator    (949) 497-0389

September marks National Preparedness Month and the City of Laguna Beach encourages its residents to stay informed, make a plan, get involved, and build an emergency kit in order to prepare for the many hazards that could threaten our community. To keep it simple, we’ve broken down the month of September into weekly tasks that will help you be more prepared.

Week of September 3rd – Be informed by registering your cell phone numbers, text numbers, and email addresses with AlertOC at AlertOC is Orange County’s Emergency Notification System which sends geotargeted emergency notifications to impacted areas. Additionally, register for Nixle, the City’s community notification system used to alert residents for localized situations and relevant community advisories. Text 92651 to 888-777 to enroll in Nixle. Sign up for AlertOC and Nixle, they’re free and the best way to stay informed in an emergency!

Week of September 10th – Make a written plan with your family so you can contact one another in an emergency. Include evacuation routes, meeting point locations, contact information should your phone not work, and other items. Visit for an easy to use template.

Week of September 17th – Get involved by registering for a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) class where you can learn more information about emergency preparedness, disaster medical operations, fire suppression, and more! The next class starts on Thursday, September 20, 2018. Register online today through the City’s recreation class sign-up at

Week of September 24th – Build an emergency kit, have supplies on hand to keep everyone warm, safe, fed and hydrated until help arrives. Create or purchase a 72-hour survival and first aid kit and locate a place to store your food and water. Visit for an easy to use template.

We want Laguna Beach to be the Most Prepared City in Orange County. Make sure you sign the pledge- it’s easy! Visit to view resources we’ve created to help you get prepared. Stay safe Laguna Beach!