Community Emergency Preparedness Academy (CEPA)

The City of Rancho Santa Margarita hosts a Community Emergency Preparedness Academy (CEPA) each year. CEPA provides classroom and hands-on training for residents to improve their ability to respond to large scale disasters when first responders may be overwhelmed and to assist in more regular emergencies until first responders arrive. The goal is for graduates of CEPA to be able to care for themselves, loved ones, and neighbors in the aftermath of a disaster.

Classes are presented by the Orange County Sheriff's Department, Orange County Fire Authority, and the American Red Cross. 

Academy Overview

Classes include an overview of the City's emergency service agencies, disaster preparedness, earthquake safety, fire suppression, light search and rescue, as well as CPR/AED and First Aid. CEPA is available for Rancho Santa Margarita residents ages 18+ and is free of charge. CEPA is a six week academy with classes scheduled one night per week during the fall season (usually September and October). Attendees of this academy must be able to attend all six class sessions.


For additional information about the annual Community Emergency Preparedness Academy, or to be placed on an interest list, please contact us at 949-635-1800.