Disaster Preparedness for Your Home
There is nothing more important than preparing you and your family for the unfortunate possibility that disaster can strike at any time. The City of Aliso Viejo is susceptible to damaging earthquakes and unpredictable wildfires. You can lessen the impact of a disaster by preparing you and your household, pets, neighborhood, place of business, house of worship, school, and anywhere you spend your time.
Get a Kit
- Put together a kit that includes basic necessities for survival that will sustain you for 5-7 days after an emergency or disaster.
Get a Plan
- Think about all the ways you and your family can stay safe, prepared, and together during an emergency.
AlertOC is a mass notification system to keep Orange County, California residents and businesses informed of emergencies and certain community events. AlertOC can send time-sensitive texts and voice messages to your home, cell, and business phones, and emails with important information during an emergency.
For more detailed information about building your emergency kits, what to include in your emergency plan, and other ways to stay informed, please visit: http://www.ReadyOC.org.
Protecting your Home and Preparing to Evacuate
Living in Aliso Viejo means your home might be susceptible to unpredictable disasters including wildfires and earthquakes. It’s important to understand your hazards and prepare accordingly.
Have you ever wondered if your home is in the high-fire severity zone or a high ground shaking area in an earthquake? Click on the links below to find detailed hazard maps of the area.
CalOES MyHazards Map: http://myhazards.caloes.ca.gov/
High Fire Severity Zone Map (OCFA): http://www.ocfa.org/Uploads/CommunityRiskReduction/FHSZ%20AlisoViejo.pdf
The Orange County Fire Authority’s campaign Ready, Set, Go provides tips to live by when preparing for wildfires and other hazards.
Get Ready! Survey your place of residence. Check for any and all possible vulnerabilities your home may have to wildfires. For specific survey criteria, visit http://www.ocfa.org/RSG/HomeAssessment.
Create a defensible space. Simply, a defensible space is the outdoor landscape between your home and the approaching fire. Be vigilant in managing and maintaining your outdoor space. Even techniques and practices as simple as planting fire-resistant plants and ridding your yard of dead vegetation are easy ways to help reduce the threat of wildfires to your home. For more detailed information on creating a defensible space around your home, please visit http://www.ocfa.org/RSG/VegetationManagement
Get Set! Pack a Disaster Kit and a GO! Bag. You want to keep items in your kits and bags that will you sustain life for 5-7 days after potential evacuation. Some key items are prescription medications, important documents, food, clothing, and water. Remember that the kits and bags should be personalized to fit your needs. For more information on potential items and ways to pack your kits and bags, please visit
Get Going! If you find yourself in a situation where you have to evacuate, you want to be able to immediately answer a few important questions:
- When to leave?
- Where to go?
- What to take?
- How are you going to get there?
An escape route is a preplanned route designed to help your family get to a safe area during a wildfire. It’s important to map out several routes out of your neighborhood in case roads are blocked or unsafe for travel. See OCFA’s tips for evacuations:
In a disaster, the evacuation routes, shelter locations and all other pertinent emergency information will be relayed to the public via AlertOC, through the City’s Public Information Officer, and by first responders on-scene.
Disaster Preparedness for those with Disabilities, Access and Functional Needs; Seniors
If you or someone close to you has a disability and other access and functional needs, you may need to take additional steps to protect you and your family in an emergency. Below are links to free resources to assist you in preparing for disasters:
OC Healthcare Agency: http://www.healthdisasteroc.org/prepare/functional/resources
Preparedness for Seniors: http://www.readyoc.org/prepare/seniors.html
Disaster Preparedness for Your Business
According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), roughly 40-60 percent of small businesses never reopen their doors following a disaster (FEMA), but it doesn’t have to be like this in Aliso Viejo! The price of preparing your business is far less than the cost of being unprepared. These websites have free tools and templates to assist with creating your business continuity plans, evacuation and shelter-in-place plans, preparing and training your employees and protecting your investments:
ReadyOC Business Preparedness: http://www.readyoc.org/prepare/business.html
American Red Cross – Ready Rating Program: https://www.readyrating.org/
FEMA Business Preparedness: https://www.fema.gov/media-library/collections/357
Your business can also partner with the City in disaster preparedness, response, and recovery! If you’re interested in being a resource to the City of Aliso Viejo in a disaster, contact DisasterPrep@cityofalisoviejo.com to find out how.
Disaster Preparedness for Faith-Based Organizations
Faith-based organizations are integral part of disaster preparedness, response, and recovery in every community. It’s critical that houses of worship in Aliso Viejo are prepared. Here are free tools, templates, and resources to prepare your facilities and your members:
ReadyOC Faith-Based Preparedness: http://www.readyoc.org/prepare/faith-based.html
Ready Sunday: http://www.readyoc.org/programs/readysunday.html
American Red Cross – Ready Rating Program: https://www.readyrating.org/
Your faith-based organization can also partner with the City in disaster preparedness, response, and recovery! If you’re interested in being a resource to the City in a disaster, contact DisasterPrep@cityofalisoviejo.com to find out how.
Disaster Preparedness for Kids
One of the best ways to help kids feel less vulnerable in disasters is by engaging them in the preparedness process. Here are resources to help prepare kids and schools for disasters:
FEMA Youth Preparedness: https://www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/documents/34411
Games and Lesson Plans: https://www.ready.gov/kids
Your school can partner with the City in disaster preparedness, response, and recovery! If you’re interested in being a resource to the City in a disaster, contact DisasterPrep@cityofalisoviejo.com to find out how.
Emergency planning and preparedness as well as alert and warning for public schools in Aliso Viejo is managed by the Capistrano Unified School District.
Disaster Preparedness for Pets
Don’t forget to prepare your pets for disasters! You should have emergency supplies and a “go bag” for each of your pets in the event you have to evacuate or shelter in place for 5-7 days. Here are preparedness tips and checklists for emergency supplies:
FEMA – Pet Plans and Kits: https://www.ready.gov/animals
Disaster Preparedness Presentations in the Community
The City of Aliso Viejo offers Disaster Preparedness presentations for groups of 10+ people to familiarize the community with local hazards, how to prepare, alert and warning systems, and what to do when disaster strikes. The presentation length and information can be tailored to the specific audience. We regularly do presentations for Neighborhood Watch groups, Girl Scout Troops, Boy Scout Troops, faith-based organizations, schools (students and staff), businesses, etc.
Email DisasterPrep@cityofalisoviejo.com to set up a presentation.