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 during 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, the American Red Cross, and City Staff. 
  

Academy Overview


Students receive 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 multi-week academy with classes scheduled one night per week during the fall or winter season. Attendance is required to all sessions.  

CEPA 2020


The next Community Emergency Preparedness Academy will be scheduled in 2020. Participants must commit to attending all sessions. Each class is approximately 2 hours in duration. Classes takes place at 22112 El Paseo, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688 unless otherwise noted. 

Class Date Starts Location Topics
Class 1 TBD 6:00PM City Hall Welcome, Local Hazards, and City Preparedness
Class 2 TBD 6:00PM  City Hall Fire Safety, and Fire Suppression
Class 3 TBD 6:00PM City Hall Overview of RSM Police Services
Class 4 TBD 6:00PM  City Hall CPR, and AED Certification
Class 5 TBD 6:00PM City Hall Light Search and Rescue Operations 

Registration


Registration is currently closed. Please email volunteer@cityofrsm.org to be added to the CEPA interest list. 

Contact


For additional information about the annual Community Emergency Preparedness Academy, please contact (949) 635-1814 or volunteer@cityofrsm.org.