Emergency Management

Evacuation Routing

The primary evacuation routes (click here for map - it will take a couple minutes to download) for Yorba Linda  will consist of the major roadways of Imperial Highway, Yorba Linda Blvd, La Palma Avenue, Esperanza Road, and Bastanchury Road going east and west; while north and south routes will rely on some of the smaller roads from Bryant Ranch, Hidden Hills, San Antonio Road, Yorba Ranch Road, Fairmont Boulevard, Lakeview Avenue, and Kellogg Drive.The designated traffic control points are intended to assist in the prioritization of the deployment of resources (both personnel and equipment); however incident commanders may alter the deployment at their discretion.


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AlertOC is a mass notification system designed to keep  Orange County residents and businesses informed of important information during emergency events. Examples of use would include disaster notifications, evacuation notices, public health emergencies, public safety emergencies, and/or  any emergency information as defined by the City.

By registering with AlertOC, time-sensitive voice messages from the County or City of Yorba Linda can be sent to your home, cell or business phone. Text messages may also be sent to cell phones,  e-mail accounts, and hearing impaired receiving devices. Residents and businesses wishing to receive emergency notifications from the City of Yorba Linda, can simply register on the AlertOC website

Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

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The City of Yorba Linda, in conjunction with the Orange County Sheriff's Department, Orange County Fire Authority, the City of Brea, and the City of Placentia, has established a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program to educate people about disaster preparedness. Although the City of Yorba Linda provides a tri-city training program with the City of Brea and City of Placentia, graduates are managed separately by each respective jurisdiction.

The Yorba Linda Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program educates people about disaster preparedness and trains them in basic disaster response skills. The goal of Yorba Linda CERT is to provide citizens with the basic skills to protect themselves, their family, and neighbors in the aftermath of a disaster. As a CERT volunteer, you can help by responding to the immediate needs of your neighborhoods following an event when professional emergency responders are not immediately available to help.

CERT is a component of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and Citizen Corps Program. CERT training is provided using a nationally recognized curriculum approved by FEMA. The course requires twenty (20) hours of training which is composed of hands-on and classroom instruction given by a certified professionals in emergency management, as well as authorized fire and police service personnel. All courses must be completed to be considered a graduate of the program. Training Topics Include: Fire Safety, CERT Team Organization, Light Search and Rescue, Disaster Psychology, Terrorism Awareness, and Disaster Medical Operations.

CERT training is provided free of charge, but pre-registration is required. The next CERT training will be held in the Spring 2017. Classes will be held from 6:30pm-10:00pm at the City of Brea Civic/Community Center (1 Civic Center Circle) on 3/21/17, 3/23/17, 3/28/17, 4/4/17, 4/6/17 and on 4/8/17 from 9:00am-4:00pm at the City of Placentia's Corporation Yard, 2999 E. La Jolla Road, Anaheim, CA 92806. For the complete schedule, click here and for the registration form, click here. For more information, contact Mike Ferdig at (714) 961-7104 or mferdig@yorba-linda.org .

Be Prepared!

Prepare yourself and those in your care for emergencies and disasters.  Police, fire and rescue may not always be able to reach you quickly in an emergency or disaster. The most important step you can take in helping your local responders is being able to take care of yourself and those in your care; the more people who are prepared, the quicker the community will recover. Be prepared in the event an emergency causes you to be self-reliant for three days without utilities and electricity, water service, access to a supermarket or local services, or maybe even without response from police, fire, or rescue. Preparing can start with four important steps:

(1) BE INFORMED:  Be informed about emergencies that could happen in your community and identify sources of information in your community that will be helpful before, during, and after an emergency. Register with AlertOC to receive emergency notifications in Yorba Linda.  Access www.Ready.gov to learn what to do before, during, and after an emergency.

(2) MAKE A PLAN: Discuss, agree on, and document an emergency plan with those in your care. You will want to consider to create a Family Communications Plan, a plan to Shelter-in-Place , a plan on how you will Get-Away, and Emergency Plans at School and Work. For a sample Family Communications Plan, click here or download the Get Ready brochure on additional plans byclicking  here.

 (3) BUILD A KIT: Keep enough emergency supplies - water, non-perishable food, first aid, prescriptions, flashlight, and battery-powered radio on hand - for you and those in your care.   Be prepared to improvise and use what you have on hand to make it on your own for at least three days, maybe longer. While there are many things that might make you more comfortable, think first about fresh water, food and clean air. Click here for a list of recommended supplies to include in your basic kit.

 (4) GET INVOLVED: There are many ways to get involved especially before a disaster occurs. The whole community can participate in programs and activities to make their families, homes, and places of worship safer from risks and threats. After preparing yourself and your family for possible emergencies, take the next step and get involved in preparing your community. Learn more about the City's Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), a program designed to train community volunteers in basic disaster response skills.

For more information about any of these training or events, please contact Emergency Management Coordinator, Mike Ferdig at  mferdig@yorba-linda.org.