With fire season in Southern California in full-swing and the fact that we are more than a century overdue for a large-scale earthquake, preparing yourself and your family for an emergency is of immediate importance says Donna Boston, Director of Emergency Management for the County of Orange. "It's not if, but when," she said.
If there's one person who knows the landscape, it's Boston. She's been in emergency management for more than 20 years and was recently promoted to Director of Emergency Management for the County of Orange.
"We are advanced in Orange County and we have resources, which allows us to be nimble," said Boston.
Don't mistake her positivity for over-confidence. She is keenly aware of the challenges the County of Orange will face and is building the team and structure necessary to support the communities. "We are here to bond the county- to rapidly mobilize to save lives, protect property and the environment," Boston said.
Boston's best tip for preparing yourself and your family for an emergency: Make a 72-hour kit. "People are not motivated to buy something that isn't going to make them look better, or something they don't immediately need," said Boston. "But it's the best thing that you can do to ensure you're safe and comfortable after an emergency occurs."
For additional resources and a step-by-step guide to creating a 72-hour emergency kit, visit ReadyOC.org. For more information on County Emergency Management, visit their website on www.ocsd.org.