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 five-week academy with classes scheduled one night per week during the fall season (usually September and October). Attendance is required to all sessions.  

CEPA 2019

The 2019 Community Emergency Preparedness Academy has been scheduled for the following dates. Participants must commit to attending all sessions. Each class is approximately 2 hours in duration. Each class takes place at 22112 El Paseo, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688 unless otherwise noted. 

Class Date Starts Location Topics
Class 1 Tuesday October 8, 2019 6:00PM City Hall Welcome, Local Hazards, and City Preparedness
Class 2 Tuesday October 15, 2019 6:00PM  City Hall Fire Safety, and Fire Suppression
Class 3 Tuesday October 22, 2019 6:00PM City Hall Overview of RSM Police Services
Class 4 Tuesday October 29, 2019 6:00PM  City Hall CPR, and AED Certification
Class 5 Tuesday November 5, 2019 6:00PM City Hall Light Search and Rescue Operations 


Click Here to register for the 2019 CEPA. 


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