Community Emergency Preparedness Academy (CEPA)

Preparing for a Disaster

The Lake Forest CEPA is a yearly event sponsored by the City and the Orange County Sheriff's Department. CEPA is a joint effort between the City, the Orange County Sheriff's Department, the Orange County Fire Authority and Care Ambulance. The program provides training over a period of six consecutive weeks. Each Academy enrolls approximately 30 students. The training is offered at no cost and includes certification in first aid/CPR and AED operation. A light dinner and refreshments are provided at each training session.

The Academy has been designed to teach participants the basics of disaster preparedness. At the final session, participants utilize their new skills during a hands-on exercise that simulates a real disaster. Experienced instructors from the above-mentioned agencies provide training in 1st Aid/CPR, Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) Operation, Earthquake Preparedness, Fire Safety, Threat Assessment, Disaster Medical Operations, and Light Search and Rescue.

Classes Include

  • Disaster/Terrorism Overview
  • Fire Safety/Earthquake Preparedness
  • Light Search and Rescue
  • Orange County Sheriff Department Intelligence Assessment Center
  • First Aid
  • Final Class Exercise/Graduation


Classes start on Wednesday March 7, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. and continue for six consecutive Wednesdays. To register for the training program, please email Sharlyn De La Paz. Once the class is full, interested participants will be placed on an interest list for the 2019 Academy.