Dana Point Disaster Preparedness
As California has experienced an increased amount of Red Flag Warnings this season, we want to remind and encourage residents of Dana Point to be prepared for an emergency. A red flag warning is a forecast warning issued by the National Weather Service to inform the public, firefighters, and land management agencies that there are warm temperatures, very low humidity, and strong winds, which combined, increase the risk of fire danger.
Emergencies can occur without warning at any time of the day or night. Being prepared physically and psychologically to handle the unexpected is everyone’s responsibility. Simple preparedness guides will help you anticipate the potential hazards and be equipped to respond. We urge you to review this material with everyone in your household and develop a family disaster plan.
To prepare for an emergency or evacuation, you should store a critical document binder in a waterproof and fireproof safe. These types of documents include social security cards, the deed to your house, proof of insurance, medical records, passports, and a list of personal contacts.
It’s also crucial that you have an emergency kit ready in your home that’s accessible and mobile.
These Disaster Kits should at least include the below:
- Water bottles
- Nonperishable snacks
- A blanket/jacket
- First aid kit
Orange County residents should sign up for AlertOC. AlertOC is a mass notification system designed to keep locals informed of emergencies. By registering with AlertOC, time-sensitive voice messages from the County of Orange may be sent to your home, mobile, or business phone. When you sign up for these alerts, you will be given the option to receive notifications that only affect your surrounding area. Text messages may also be sent to mobile phones, e-mail accounts, and hearing impaired receiving devices.
The City of Dana Point also has an Emergency Plan that provides the framework for responding to major emergencies or disasters. The goals of this plan are to outline a strategy to prepare for, respond to, and recover from an emergency or disaster that affects the City.
For further information regarding the City of Dana Point Emergency Plan, contact the Emergency Services office at (949) 248-3579.