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September is National Preparedness Month

8/29/2013

September is National Preparedness Month and the Irvine Police Department Office of Emergency Management would like to encourage Irvine residents to be prepared by making a family plan, stockpiling emergency supplies and knowing how to stay connected to the City. Taking these simple steps will go a long way during a natural disaster or other emergency.

Start by assembling a supply kit that is tailored to your family’s needs; develop a plan of action for meeting up with and communicating with family members; register your home and cell phones with the City’s iAlert system to receive emergency alerts and information; download the Access Irvine APP to stay informed and to receive "push" notifications; listen to 1640AM during an emergency for live updates, follow the City on Twitter and Facebook; and take a free Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) course offered by the City. For more emergency preparedness information, visit cityofirvine.org/prepare.

Emergency Supply List (cityofirvine.org/prepare)
It is important for residents to be prepared at home and work. Below is a starter emergency preparedness checklist. Customize your checklist to meet your family's individual needs.

  • Water (one gallon per day, per person)
  • Non-perishable food (3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home)
  • A plan to communicate with your family
  • A designated meeting location for your family/loved ones
  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • First aid kit and medications (2-week supply)
  • Cell phones with chargers
  • Multipurpose tool, duct tape, tool kit and scissors
  • Sanitation and personal hygiene items
  • Copies of personal documents
  • Family and emergency contact information/card
  • Emergency blankets
  • Extra cash in $1 and $5 denominations
  • Baby supplies; games/activities for children
  • Pet supplies
  • Miscellaneous: two-way radios, extra keys to car and house and a manual can opener
Emergency Preparedness for Pets (cityofirvine.org/prepare)
If you have pets, be sure to include them in your preparations and provide supplies for them as well.


Stay connected when disaster strikes:


iAlert (cityofirvine.org/ialert)
iAlert is the City's mass notification system to provide residents with time-sensitive information during a disaster. Go online to register your home, cell and work phones and to customize your account to receive phone, text or email messages or messages through hearing impaired receiving devices. iAlert is a critical component of Irvine's emergency communications.

1640AM
1640AM is the City's radio station, which is used to provide information to those in and around the Irvine area. Be sure to have your car radio and emergency radio pre-programmed to this station.

City of Irvine Website (cityofirvine.org)
The City will post updates as soon as possible in the event of an emergency.

Social Media
Many times when a disaster causes phone service to be disrupted, the Internet is still working. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter to receive updates and information.

Facebook (Facebook.com/cityofirvine)

Twitter (Twitter.com/city_of_irvine)

ICTV Cox Channel 30
ICTV is the City's television station that allows us to provide information to residents with Cox Cable (Channel 30) and U-verse (Channel 99) subscribers in and around the Irvine area.

Access Irvine (cityofirvine.org/accessirvine)
The Access Irvine APP also allows you to provide crime tips, access teen and city events and locate City parks and community facilities. Download the Access Irvine APP to stay informed and to receive “push” notifications during the course of a citywide emergency.