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

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.

CEPA 2018

The 2018 Community Emergency Preparedness Academy has been scheduled for the following dates. Participants must commit to attending all sessions. Each class is approximately 1.5 to 2 hours in duration. 

Class Date Starts Location Topics
Class 1 Tuesday October 2, 2018 6:00PM City Hall Welcome, Local Hazards, and City Preparedness
Class 2 Tuesday October 9, 2018 6:00PM  City Hall Fire Safety, and Fire Suppression
Class 3 Tuesday October 16, 2018 6:00PM City Hall American Red Cross Earthquake and Disaster Preparedness, and
Overview of RSM Police Services
Class 4 Tuesday October 23, 2018 5:00PM  City Hall First-Aid, CPR, and AED Certification
Class 5 Tuesday October 30, 2018 6:00PM City Hall Light Search and Rescue Operations 
Class 6 Tuesday November 6, 2018 6:00PM City Hall Class Exercise, and Graduation


Registration is closed. Please email to be placed on an interest list for the 2019 CEPA. 


For additional information about the annual Community Emergency Preparedness Academy, please contact us at (949) 635-1814 or