Most communities have a comprehensive emergency plan in place in the event of a disaster, and our community is no different.
The Laguna Woods Village emergency operations plan (EOP) aligns with industry standard protocols and addresses the specific threats the Village may face. The plan conforms to the National Incident Management System and the Incident Command System, and has received the Excellence in Disaster Preparedness award from the American Red Cross. The information contained in the plan details the guidelines and protocols that are essential for handling a disaster as effectively and efficiently as possible. The Emergency Operations Center Activation Guide serves as a quick-start guide to the EOP.
The Village’s robust and well-rehearsed Disaster Preparedness Task Force (DPTF) is led by Security Chief Eric Nuñez, who has significant experience in emergency response management. All key VMS employees and the network of committed, volunteer Good Neighbor captains participate in annual drills to prepare for any type of emergency, including earthquakes, fire and flood.
Before, during and after rain events, staff members review their respective roles in the rain event action plan and familiarize themselves with maps of high-priority areas and catch basins located throughout the Village. To prepare for storms, crews are on standby and prepared to report to work after hours or on weekends when needed.
CodeRED Emergency Notification System
VMS continually monitors municipal and government information sources and communicates any potential danger to residents via our CodeRED emergency notification system. In the event of an emergency or the need to broadcast critical time-sensitive news, CodeRED transmits brief, urgent messages to Village residents as quickly as possible via phone, text or email.
If you are not already enrolled in CodeRED, visit lagunawoodsvillage.com, click the black and red CodeRED icon at the top left-hand corner and fill out the form.
Social Services Is There For You
In addition, the Social Services Division is always on alert when it comes to resident safety and acts as a vital resource for those coping with the aftermath of a frightening and stressful event. For more information, call 949-597-4267.
The Orange County Sheriff’s Department offers helpful resources, as well:
- Click here for resources before a disaster.
- Click here for resources during a disaster.
- Click here for resources after a disaster.
Alert OC sends voice and/or text messages, emails and TTY alerts informing enrolled individuals of emergencies that may require immediate life-saving actions. Click here to sign up or sign into your account.
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