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Join our free Community Emergency Preparedness Academy

CEPA exercise

Residents have an opportunity to participate in the next free Community Emergency Preparedness Academy (CEPA) that begins on March 5.

CEPA is a collaborative effort between the City of Mission Viejo, Orange County Fire Authority, Sheriff's Department, Care Ambulance and other emergency response agencies. The program takes place Tuesday and Thursday nights from 6:30-9:30 p.m. through March 28.

The award-winning Mission Viejo academy is uniquely organized through the Neighborhood Watch Program and designed to prepare neighbors to work together before, during and after disasters to lessen injuries and help with recovery. The academy is a 21-hour certified curriculum that follows FEMA guidelines for citizen emergency response teams.

Led by emergency personnel, the academy teaches participants about law and fire disaster operations, fire safety, light search & rescue, disaster medical, basic crisis intervention and neighborhood mobilization. The sessions include hands-on exercises where students extinguish real fires, extricate bodies from heavy debris and treat mock injuries in response to a simulated earthquake.

Participants must attend all seven nights and will receive priority registration for free future CPR, AED and First Aid training. 

To register and for more information, contact cepa@cityofmissionviejo.org or 949-470-8433.


Submitted by Shirley M. Dole on Thu, 02/14/2019 - 5:50 pm


Do you provide information regarding preparing your own
disaster kit in case of an emergency situation?

Also, you need to know I am 74 and probably not able to
extricate bodies from heavy debris.

Submitted by City Staff on Fri, 02/15/2019 - 10:33 am


During the Community Emergency Preparedness Academy (CEPA) we do provide information on putting together a disaster kit. We have many seniors attend the program and welcome your participation, as you do not need to do the more physical search & rescue portions of the program.

If you feel you would just like to attend a program on preparing a disaster kit, there will be a one- to two-hour program later this year at the Norman P Murray Center on preparedness. You can also, visit http://www.readyoc.org and click on the “Make a Kit” icon for your supply checklist of things to purchase.

Submitted by Sue Bruns on Fri, 02/15/2019 - 11:02 am


I went to the sign up page and did not see anywhere to sign up. I signed up for email list and is that all I do?

Sue Bruns

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