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Get Prepared - September is National Preparedness Month

LAGUNA BEACH, CA – 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 to be prepared for emergencies.  This year’s theme is “Prepare to Protect. Preparing for disasters is protecting everyone you love.”  The City will be working with the community and staff on preparedness activities to ensure proper readiness for emergencies.

To kick-off the first week of Preparedness Month, the City will conduct a City-wide test of the Outdoor Warning System on Friday September 3rd at 12:00 p.m.  Any resident, business owner, or visitor near one of the outdoor warning speakers will hear the alert and test message around 12:00 p.m. noon on Friday.  For more information and to view a map of the City’s Outdoor Warning System speaker locations, click here

We continue to encourage residents to sign up and stay connected to the City during an emergency. The City encourages residents to be informed by registering your cell phone numbers, text numbers, and email addresses with AlertOC. This is Orange County’s Emergency Notification System which sends geo-targeted emergency notifications to impacted areas.

Additionally, residents can 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. Signing up for AlertOC and Nixle, is free and the best way to stay informed in an emergency. Click here to learn more and sign up for emergency alerts.

The City will also hold a series of preparedness events as shown below: 

Wednesday, September 8: Preparedness Event 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. at Susi-Q & Community Center in collaboration with Laguna Beach Seniors and CERT

Tuesday, September 14: Preparedness Event 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. at Fire Station 3

Saturday, September 18: Preparedness Event 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. at Farmers Market in collaboration with CERT

Saturday, September 25: Preparedness Event 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. at Fire Station 4

Monday, September 27: Preparedness Event 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. at Susi-Q & Community Center in collaboration with Laguna Beach Seniors and CERT

Saturday, October 23: Preparedness & 1993 Fire Anniversary Event 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. at Fire Station 1

Saturday, November 6: Preparedness Event 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. at Fire Station 2

The preparedness and outreach events will include General Preparedness Awareness, Know your Evacuation Zones, Defensible Space Guidelines, Fire Safety, Emergency Backpack sales, and CERT awareness/class promotion.  Face coverings will be required for all visitors at events and all COVID-19 safety protocols will be followed. 

Preparedness Month Weekly Actions:

  • During the week of September 6th – 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 www.lagunabeachcity.net/getprepared for an easy-to-use template. 
  • For the week of September 13th – Get involved by registering for a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) class, and learn more information about emergency preparedness, disaster medical operations, fire suppression, and more. The next class starts on Wednesday, Sept 29. Residents can register online today through the City’s recreation class sign-up.
  • During with the week of September 20th – 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.
  • Lastly, during the week of September 27th, know your evacuation routes.  Click HERE to locate your evacuation route name and number, so that you know it and your routes out in the event of an emergency. 

For more information on how you can get prepared during National Preparedness Month, please contact Brendan Manning, Emergency Operations Coordinator at bmanning@lagunabeachcity.net or (949) 497-0350.