Prepare SoCal

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Southern California is one of the most beautiful places on earth. But that beauty can’t protect us from potential disasters. We know about the state’s risk of earthquakes, but what about wildfires, floods or tsunami? The sad truth is that Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino Counties are as vulnerable to disasters as any other place in the world.

That’s one of the reasons the American Red Cross is excited to announce PrepareSoCal, a new preparedness partnership with SoCal Edison and ABC7. We encourage you to learn about the potential dangers faced in your area by viewing and the links below.

Community partner preparedness information

A successful disaster response takes coordination and disaster preparedness is no different. The following links to useful preparedness resources.
  • Putting Down Roots in Earthquake Country is one of the best and most comprehensive earthquake preparedness guides available.
  • Secure Your Space offers tips and techniques to help ensure that the contents of your home or office remain stable in the event of an earthquake. Learn how to secure televisions, filing cabinets, water heaters and many more items at Secure Your Stuff.
  • Secure Your Building refers to elements that are not part of the structure (floor/ceiling/walls) but are considered part of the building, e.g., electrical or mechanical systems such as heating, water, etc. Learn how to Secure Your Building or find a qualified contractor to help.
  • AlertOC is a mass notification system designed to keep Orange County residents and businesses informed of emergencies. Learn more about AlertOC
  • ReadyOC is a public service campaign aimed at educating and empowering Orange County residents, businesses and the community to better prepare for emergency situations. The ReadyOC website offers tips, information and a Promise to Prepare.
  • MyHazards, from The California Emergency Management Agency, has an incredibly useful and user-friendly tool to help you gain awareness of the risks to your neighborhood.
  • Contacting your local city of residence or employment is a great way to learn about what dangers are more likely to occur in your area. Find an Orange County city.

Additional preparedness organizations

For more information regarding disaster preparedness for Southern California, please visit