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Emergency management is dealing with and avoiding disasters. Disasters can be natural, such as: earthquakes, floods, and severe storms, or manmade such as: major transportation accidents, fires, and terrorism. Regardless of the cause of the disaster, emergency management is intended to be comprehensive to prepare for, to mitigate against, to respond to and recover from any disaster.

There are four phases of emergency management that make up the “emergency life cycle”: mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery. These phases represent the various elements of a disaster. All phases are interconnected and everyone has responsibilities in all four phases.

Here are some examples of the roles of residents and business in these phases. For your reference, more information on these four phases are provided on this webpage.

  1. Mitigation and Prevention: Reducing long-term risk to life and property
    Residents: Replacing wood shingle roofs to a flame retardant roof.
    Business: Properly storing chemicals, securing equipment.
  2. Preparedness: The activities done before a disaster; such as training, planning, and community education and exercises.
    Residents - Creating emergency supply kits and plans.
    Business - Creating emergency and business continuity plans.
  3. Response: Actions taken to save lives and property during an emergency.
    Residents and Business - Learn CPR and first-aid.
  4. Recovery: Cleanup and restoration of activities to return to normal.
    Residents and Business - Keep insurance coverage insurance and follow emergency plans.

Generally, all disasters and emergencies begin and end at the local level. This means that local governments are usually first to respond to a disaster or emergency and are affected most by disasters and emergencies. This is why it is important for you as a business or resident to prepare for disasters and emergencies. Please look at the other emergency management pages. The information on these webpages can help you in your preparedness efforts.

The City of Seal Beachh emergency management program works in coordination with all City Departments to strengthen the City’s ability to prepare for, to mitigate against, to respond to and recover from any disaster.Avariety of activities, programs and projects designed to enhance the City's preparedness are conducted regularly such as trainings, drills and disaster exercises. Should you have any additional questions, please contact the Emergency Management Bureau at (562) 799-4100 X 1145.

City of Seal Beach Hazard Mitigation Plan Renewal

The City of Seal Beach is updating its Hazard Mitigation Plan (HMP) and we would like to hear from you! 

The Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 requires that local governments, as a condition of receiving federal disaster mitigation funds, have a mitigation plan that describes the process for identifying hazards, risks and vulnerabilities, identifies and prioritizes mitigation actions, encourages the development of official mitigation and provide technical support for those efforts. This mitigation plan serves to meet those requirements.

This plan will be designed to assist the City in reducing risk from hazards by identifying resources, information, and strategies for risk reduction, while helping to guide and coordinate mitigation activities throughout the City.

Emergency Preparedness for Residents

Can you say “I’ve got seven” and mean it? In the event of a disaster, are you prepared to survive without assistance forseven days? When an emergency strikes, it’s too late to begin to plan how you and your family will cope with it, or to assemble the things you need to survive. In the event, of a major disaster, you may not have access to food, water or electricity for days or weeks. Emergency services may be overwhelmed and help could take days to arrive.Prepare Now: Make a Kit, Make a Plan, Be Informed! 

Here’s what you need to do to get ready: 

1. Make A Kit 

Have aseven-day supply of:

  • Non-perishable food (canned, no cook, packaged) and a manual can opener.
  • Water (one gallon per person or pet per day)
  • First-Aid kit (including first-aid manual)
  • Medications (prescription and non-prescription) and eye glasses
  • Battery powered flashlight, radio, and batteries.
  • Personal Hygiene items; toilet paper, paper towels, and large trash bags for trash.
  • Copies of important documents
  • Items for pets (food, water, cages/leashes)
  • Items for infants (formula, diapers, ect)
  • Tools (including duct tape, neon-colored tape or rope to block off dangerous areas)
  • Have smaller sized kits for your car and workplace.
  • Cash in small denominations ($1, $5, $10) (ATMS and credit cards do not work if the power is out)
  • Fire extinguisher (A-B-C) type.
  • Protective eye goggles, gloves, face mask, and hard hat.
  • Whistle
  • Change of clothing and sturdy shoes
  • Names address and phone numbers of doctors and pharmacists.
  • Camp stove or charcoal grill for outdoor cooking.
  • Keep the kit in a sturdy and easy to carry container.

2. Make a Plan 

  • Establish a plan for your family and make sure that everyone knows what they should do, where all the emergency supplies are kept, where they should go or meet in case of emergency-and practice your plan! In some cases you may be asked to evacuate or to shelter in place, remember to make plans for those situations too.
    • For more information on evacuation go to:
    • For more information on sheltering in place go to:
  • Practice your plan at least twice a year and establish at least two places to meet after a disaster (one in the neighborhood and one outside of the neighborhood).
  • Each adult in the household should lean how and when to turn off utilities, such as water, electricity, and gas.
  • Know your children’s school evacuation plan.
  • Out-of-state contact information should be shared with family members so that messages can be relayed to loved ones if local communications are not available.
  • Include your pets in your plan!

3. Be Informed 

  • Know how local authorities will notify you during a disaster and how you will get important information. For more information on Alerts and Warnings in Seal Beach go to: The Seal Beach Public Disaster Hotline Number is hotline (562) 799-4100 X 1121. This number is staffed during emergencies/disasters and can be called to receive more information during a disaster.
  • Learn more about how to care for yourself in a disaster by signing up for Community Emergency Response Training:http://www.westcountycert.com 
  • Learn more about hazards in your neighborhood and work with your neighbors to create your own neighborhood plans:Organized Communities and Emergency Volunteers at http://www.oceva.org