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Why Prepare

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If an earthquake started rumbling or you noticed smoke in the hills on your commute, what would you do? Do you and your family have an evacuation plan in case of an emergency?


More than 82% of U.S. residents are aware that emergency preparedness is important to handle disasters. Yet of these, most have made little, if any, actual preparations! All of us need to take a role in helping protect each other and our families in the event of an emergency. From the Yorba Linda fires to the Laguna Beach landslides to ever-present earthquakes, our county continuously faces emergency situations.


ReadyOC will help you be ready when the time comes! By providing a resource of information on how to respond or recover during an emergency situation, Orange County residents will be better prepared and Ready to React. 


We know that the next emergency is coming, but we never know when or what kind it will be. But we can – and must – prepare now for the next emergency. Our family, friends, and community depend on it.


Being prepared can reduce the fear, anxiety, and losses that accompany disasters. Communities, families, and individuals should know what to do in the event of an emergency and where to seek shelter. They should be ready to evacuate their homes, take refuge in public shelters, and know how to care for their basic medical needs. You can reduce the impact of disasters by flood proofing, securing items that might shake loose in an earthquake, and taking other pre-emergency precautions.

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The Need

Disasters disrupt hundreds of thousands of lives every year. Each disaster has lasting effects, both on people and property. If a disaster occurs in your community, local government and disaster relief organizations will try to help you. But you need to be ready as well. Local responders may not be able to reach you immediately or they may need to focus their efforts elsewhere. You should know how to respond to severe weather or any disaster that could occur in your area, including earthquakes, wildfires, landslides, pandemic, flooding, terrorism, and more. You should also be ready to be self-sufficient for three to seven days. This may mean providing for your own shelter, first aid, food, water, and sanitation.

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Emergency Pyramid

All of us need to take a role in helping to protect each other and our loved ones in the event of an emergency. In fact, every citizen in Orange County is part of a national emergency management system that focuses on the protection of people and property from all types of hazards. Think of the national emergency management system as a pyramid with you, the citizen, forming the base of the structure. The community, the state, and the national government also have roles.

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