Ready Fontana - Emergency Preparedness
Preparedness is everyone’s responsibility. People prepare because they care, and they want the people and things they care about to be safe during an emergency or disaster. The City of Fontana cares and wants to ensure those who live, work, or play in Fontana are ready for threats and hazards that may affect the city.
Get Ready to ShakeOut: October 15
You could be anywhere when an earthquake strikes: at home, at work, at school, or even on vacation. Are you prepared to survive and to recover quickly? Great ShakeOut earthquake drills are an opportunity to practice how to be safer during earthquakes.
On October 15 at 10:15 a.m. everyone is encouraged to participate in the “Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drill."
At 10:15 a.m. everyone is encouraged to:
DROP to the ground (before the earthquake drops you!)
Take COVER by getting under a sturdy desk or table, and
HOLD ON to it until the shaking stops.
If you are inside a building, move no more than a few steps, then Drop, Cover and Hold On. Stay indoors till the shaking stops and you are sure it is safe to exit. In most buildings, you are safer if you stay where you are until the shaking stops.
If you are outdoors when the shaking starts, find a clear spot away from buildings, trees, streetlights, and power lines, then Drop, Cover and Hold On. Stay there until the shaking stops.
If you are driving, pull over to a clear location, stop and stay there with your seatbelt fastened until the shaking stops. Once the shaking stops, proceed with caution and avoid bridges or ramps that might have been damaged.
For more ShakeOut resources, please click here.
In recognition of September as National Preparedness Month, the City of Fontana will be providing preparedness resources for residents and businesses all month long. The City will be sharing preparedness tips and videos throughout the month across its social media channels. There will also be opportunities for participants to win prizes.
Each week will feature a preparedness tip:
Week One: Make a Plan. Sign up for alerts like the City’s CodeRED notification system. Get together with your family to come up with an emergency plan. Post a photo or video of your plan on the City's Twitter/Facebook/Instagram with hashtag #readyfontana and #nationalpreparednessmonth
Week Two: Build a Kit. Prepare your family by creating an emergency kit or go bag for at least three days. View the Emergency Kit Checklist here.
Week Three: Prepare for Disasters. Limit the impacts that disasters have on you and your family. Know the risk of disasters in your area and learn how to make your home stronger in the face of storms and other common hazards.
Week Four: Teach Youth About Preparedness. Talk to your kids about preparing for emergencies and what to do in case you are separated. Reassure them by providing information about how they can get involved.
Are you prepared? Click here for 4 safety preparedness tips for any disaster.
Due to weather conditions, power may have to be shut off to electrical circuits in High Fire Risk Areas in Fontana. SCE customers on the potentially affected circuits will be notified to give time to prepare.
Be sure to check your email for details and visit http://ow.ly/UVzD50BjnMM. For outage-specific Customer Service issues, you can call 800-611-1911.
For more information on how to prepare for an outage, visit http://ow.ly/eR4d50BjnMI.
Flex Alert and Rotating Outages
A Flex Alert is in place through Monday, September 7 from 3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Please continue to conserve energy to relieve stress off of the electrical grid.
If the State's electricity demand outpaces available supply, rotating outages are ordered by the California Independent System Operator (CAISO). A rotating outage typically lasts one hour. For more information about rotating outages and how to find your outage group number, please visit https://on.sce.com/32YJA1o.
You can conserve energy by setting thermostats at 78 degrees, disconnecting devices that are not being used, and turning off lights when leaving a room. For more conservation tips, please visit http://ow.ly/KSyS50BjnMK.
When the temperature exceeds 100 F, the City of Fontana activates its cooling center at the Fontana Community Senior Center (16710 Ceres Ave.) and Heritage Neighborhood Center (7350 W. Liberty Pkwy). Hours are from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. (times may vary depending upon temperature). Please wear a face covering and remain 6 feet apart when visiting.
For more information, please click here.
Beat the Heat
Summer months bring fun, sun, and heat. However, it is crucial to stay safe in high heat, especially for children, pets, those who work outside, and those with certain health conditions. Stay cool and beat the heat by following these tips:
- Cool off at the City's cooling centers (Senior Center and Heritage Center) from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Cooling centers are activated when temperatures reach and exceed 100 degrees
- Limit outdoor activities
- Drink plenty of water
- Wear light clothing
- Wear sunscreen
- Work outdoors early or very late in the day
Through the City of Fontana’s Emergency Management Program, ReadyFontana provides information, training, and community-wide outreach to residents, businesses, visitors and community organizations to equip themselves and others in the event of a disaster or emergency. Additionally, the program makes sure the City of Fontana’s departments have sufficient plans, training, and equipment to respond to all hazards.
Anyone who wants to be better prepared can do three things:
- Be Informed! Know how public officials will alert you during an emergency and sign up for that service. Also, learn what threats and hazards you face in your community and prepare.
- Plan Ahead! Develop a plan for your family or business using the Ready SB County App. Consider how you will communicate, evacuate and re-unify during a disaster. Take into account any specific needs you or those in your family may have. Develop a kit for yourself and those in your home or business. Learn how to build a kit here.
- Take Action! Use the knowledge you have gained to encourage others to prepare. Take a free preparedness course like Until Help Arrives or Fontana CERT.
In addition, the ReadyFontana Guide is designed to give you the tools necessary to effectively mitigate, prepare, respond and recover from the hazards most specific to our community. It also provides vital information and tasks to do after a fire, flood, windstorm, and earthquake.
It’s crucial to be prepared before, during and after an emergency. Click on the boxes below to create a family disaster plan, create an emergency kit, and learn information about sheltering and evacuation for you and your pets in the event of an emergency.
For More Information
Contact Emergency Services Officer Aminah Mears at (909) 356-2526 or by email.