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 Schedule

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 TBD City Hall Welcome, Local Hazards, and City Preparedness
Class 2 TBD TBD City Hall Fire Safety, and Fire Suppression
Class 3 TBD TBD 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 is currently closed. Please email our office to be added to the CEPA interest list. 


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