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September is National Preparedness Month


On Thursday, September 15th, just before 3:00 a.m., an earthquake shook many Irvine residents awake. The quake, centered only 4 miles south-southwest of Irvine was “small”, at only a 3.4 magnitude. A week ago a similarly “small”, 4.2 magnitude earthquake, shook Yucaipa just before 8:00 a.m.  Although small in magnitude, these recent seismic reminders beg the questions.  ARE YOU READY?


A disaster of any size can strike at any time.  There are a few basics of preparation that can make the difference between surviving a disaster and becoming a statistic.  Emergency personnel will be stretched thin during any major event.  You have a responsibility to prepare your home or place of business to be self-sustaining for several days. Have a plan, prepare emergency supplies and learn to shut of utilities before disaster strikes!


For more information on how you can prepare for an emergency visit the Irvine Police Department’s Emergency Preparedness webpage or contact the Irvine Police Department’s Emergency Management Coordinator at 949-724-7235.