Emergency Preparedness Interagency Collaborative

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.

Purpose Statement

Purpose Statement


Building interagency collaboration through continuous education and partnerships in emergency management for safe school campuses throughout Greater Irvine.

Meeting Schedule

The Emergency Preparedness Interagency Collaborative generally meets on a quarterly basis on the third Thursday of the selected month.    

Member Agencies

Member Agencies

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 


Affiliated Agencies

Orange County Health Care Agency (OCHCA)

Orange County Sheriff's Deparment - Emergency Management Division 

Joint Emergency Exercise

EPIC May 2019 Exercise Cover

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.