In 2014, the Irvine Unified School District (IUSD), founded the Emergency Preparedness Interagency Collaborative (EPIC), a joint partnership between public safety agencies and public and private education institutions in the Greater Irvine area. IUSD recognized early on while evaluating their emergency management program that effective planning and development were not done in isolation and it was critical for IUSD to participate regularly in high-level discussions with our community partners regarding emergency planning.
Therefore, the intention around its development, which is EPIC’s purpose statement today, is to build interagency collaboration through continuous education and partnerships in emergency management for safe school campuses. EPIC partners share best practices, training and data from incidents throughout the country. According to county and city officials, there is no other education partnership like EPIC in Orange County and it is rare to find a collaborative such as this in the state or nation.
Building interagency collaboration through continuous education and partnerships in emergency management for safe school campuses throughout Greater Irvine.
The Emergency Preparedness Interagency Collaborative generally meets on a quarterly basis on the third Thursday of the selected month.
American Red Cross
City of Irvine Police Department
Concordia University - Irvine
Crean Lutheran High School
Irvine Child Care Project (ICCP)
Irvine Public Schools Foundation (IPSF)
Irvine Unified School District
Irvine Valley College
Mardan School - Irvine
Newport-Mesa Unified School District
Orange County Department of Education
Orange County Fire Authority
Sage Hill School
South Coast Chinese Cultural Center/Irvine Chinese School
Tarbut V'Torah Community Day School
Tustin Unified School District
University of California - Irvine
Orange County Health Care Agency (OCHCA)
Orange County Sheriff's Deparment - Emergency Management Division
Joint Emergency Exercise
May 22, 2019
The Irvine Unified School District and members of the Emergency Preparedness Interagency Collaborative (EPIC) participated in this joint wildfire planning exercise in the Turtle Rock area. EPIC’s membership is comprised of public and private educational institutions in the Greater Irvine area as well as first responder agencies (Irvine Police, Orange County Fire Authority, and American Red Cross). The objectives of the exercise was the establishment of Unified Command, identification of “decision points” for evacuation vs. shelter-in-place, the evaluation of pre-identified evacuation routes, identification of resource availability and use, and assessment of alert/warning and public information capabilities.