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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.
- National Preparedness Month
- Cooling Centers
- Beat the Heat
- Power Outages
- Evacuation Terminology
September is National Preparedness Month
National Preparedness Month is an observance each September to raise awareness about the importance of preparing for disasters and emergencies that could happen at any time. The 2022 theme is “Protect Your Legacy. The life you've built is worth protecting.”
Each week in September, the campaign will focus on a different aspect of preparedness for individuals, families and communities.
Week 1 September 6-9: Make A Plan
Talk to your friends and family about how you will communicate before, during, and after a disaster. Make sure to update your plan based on the Centers for Disease Control recommendations due to the Coronavirus.
Week 2 September 13-16: Build A Kit
Gather supplies that will last for several days after a disaster for everyone living in your home. Don’t forget to consider the unique needs each person or pet may have in case you have to evacuate quickly. Update your kits and supplies based on recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control.
Week 3 September 20-23: Prepare for Disasters
Limit the impacts that disasters have on you and your family. Know the risk of disasters in your area. Learn how to make your home stronger in the face of storms and other common hazards. Check your insurance coverage to make sure it is up-to-date.
Week 4 September 27-30: 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.
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
Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS)
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.
Click here for the latest information on the current PSPS event.
Please click here to view the latest updates in regards to closures, cancellations, and resources for the Coronavirus.
Shakeout: Earthquake Preparedness
Get Ready to ShakeOut
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.
You and your family are encouraged to practice earthquake drills throughout the year. Here's what to do during a drill:
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.
Evacuation Terms Explained
As a result of the 2017 & 2018 wildfires, the State of California & local governments worked together to establish standard terminology that will be used throughout California.
California Standard Statewide Evacuation Terminology
Evacuation Order: Immediate threat to life. This is a lawful order to leave now. The area is lawfully closed to public access.
Evacuation Warning: Potential threat to life and/or property. Those who require additional time to evacuate, and those with pets and livestock should leave now.
Shelter in Place: Go indoors. Shut and lock doors and windows. Prepare to self-sustain until further notice and/or contacted by emergency personnel for additional direction.
Evacuation Order(s) Lifted: The formal announcement of lifting evacuations in an area currently under evacuation
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.