Emergency Preparedness

The best way to avoid or minimize losses in a disaster is to prepare! While various organizations and agencies provide support in the event of an emergency, none of them have the ability to respond to your situation as fast as you can. Should a wide-scale emergency or disaster affect your home, please prepare yourself with the knowledge and resources to keep you, your family, and your friends safe.

Get prepared and make a plan with Ready OC.  ReadyOC provides step-by-step advice on how to prepare for disasters when the time comes and provides you with a resource for information on how to respond or recover during an emergency situation. Remember, the best way to recover from disasters is by reducing the risks before a disaster strikes. Families can also visit MyHazards to discover the natural hazards that exist in our area and learn how to reduce your risk. 

Alert OC is a mass notification system designed to notify Orange County residents and businesses of pertinent information related to emergency incidents. By registering with Alert OC, time-sensitive voice messages from the County or the City of Stanton may be sent to your home, cell phone or business phone. Text messages may also be sent to cell phones, e-mail accounts and hearing impaired receiving devices. Your participation in the system will allow the City and the County to more quickly and efficiently transmit important emergency information to the community. This system is voluntary and you may opt-out at any time.

OC RACES (Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service)  an auxiliary communications unit of the Orange County Sheriff's Department (OCSD), is administered by OCSD's Communications & Technology Division. Members are registered as Disaster Service Workers with OCSD's Emergency Management Bureau. They are trained to provide voice, video, and data communications during emergencies, using their own equipment on County VHF and UHF repeaters and simplex frequencies. When activated, OCRACES provides emergency communications support, handles messages between incidents and the EOC, or between public-safety agencies and critical locations, and reports conditions from the field to the EOC or Command Post.

City staff participates in the annual The Great California ShakeOut on the third Thursday of October in which millions of people practice how to drop, cover, and hold during earthquakes. Individuals, families, businesses and schools are all invited to register at ShakeOut.org.

The CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) Program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization and disaster medical operations. Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help. CERT members also are encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community.

The Red Cross of Southern California empowers ordinary people to perform extraordinary acts in emergency situations and provides opportunities to donate life-saving blood, volunteer in their community, get trained or certified in a variety of areas and make a true difference in disaster situations.