September is Emergency Preparedness Month

The recent hurricanes that hit the South and the 8.1-magnitude earthquake in Mexico serve as reminders that an emergency can strike at any time. Learn what steps you can take today to help guard against a disaster.  

Assemble a Supply Kit

A supply kit should include enough food, water and medicine to last three to five days. Residents should tailor their supply kit based on specific family needs, such as including extra eyeglasses or food and medicine for pets.

Motorists should consider keeping an emergency backpack in their vehicles with comfortable walking shoes, a light jacket, snacks, water and a flashlight in case roadways are blocked or damaged.

Create a Communication Plan

When a disaster strikes, family members may be in different locations. Pre-arrange a meeting location in case the family home or regular gathering place is unavailable.

Develop a plan to communicate if landlines or cellphones are not working. Alternate communication plans might include e-mail or social media. As most communication methods are electronic, keep extra batteries or alternate power sources in a convenient location.

Stay Informed

To receive emergency alerts and information, landlines and cellphones can be registered with the City of Irvine’s iAlert system at cityofirvine.org/ialert. You can also download the City’s Access Irvine app to stay informed.

In addition, the Irvine Police Department posts regular updates to social media. Follow @IrvinePolice on Instagram,  facebook.com/IPD and twitter.com/IrvinePolice. Emergency updates may also be broadcast on 1640AM.

Become Part of the Community Emergency Response Team

Community members may also participate in the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) course, which provides private citizens with basic skills to protect themselves, their family and neighbors, and to respond to the immediate needs of the community in the aftermath of a disaster when emergency services are not readily available.  For information and to sign up for CERT, visit cityofirvine.org/cert.

For more information on emergency preparedness, visit cityofirvine.org/prepare.