The Irvine Unified School District partnered with the City of Irvine and the Orange County Fire Authority in this joint wildfire planning exercise. The wildfire exercise originated in the Santiago Canyon area and impacted Northwood High School and Canyon View Elementary School. Exercise objectives focused on the establishment of proper communication lines between the Unified Command Post (Irvine Police Department and Orange County Fire Authority) and the Irvine Unified School District. As these proper communication channels were developed, it was critical to coordinate either a timely evacuation or shelter-in-place of Northwood High School and/or Canyon View Elementary School.
January 30, 2019
The Irvine Unified School District (District) participated in the County of Orange’s multi-jurisdictional exercise. The exercise explored how agencies respond 39 hours after a catastrophic earthquake impacted the Southern California region. There were many objectives that were examined during the tabletop exercise. These objectives included:
- Develop the ability for the District Emergency Operations Center (EOC) to effectively staff and operate the EOC in rotating (12 hour) shifts.
- Develop the ability of District EOC staff to access and utilize WebEOC for situational awareness and information sharing for internal coordination.
- Assess the effectiveness of the District EOC position resource binders.
- Develop the ability for District EOC staff to consider community impacts beyond the initial response phase and identify some critical issues related to early recovery.
- Develop the effectiveness for District EOC to interface with the City of Irvine EOC and other outside representatives for external coordination.
- Develop procedures for damage assessment of District buildings and infrastructure.
- Ongoing school community communication (messaging).
- Develop framework for District’s Business Continuity Plan (12 hours – 168 hours).
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.
October 17, 2019
Members of the Irvine Unified School District’s (District) Emergency Operation Center continued discussions regarding the Business Continuity Plan. The purpose of a business continuity plan is to prepare the District in the event of disaster/emergency caused by factors beyond the District’s control (e.g., natural disasters, man-made events, etc.) and to restore the District to normal operations as soon as practical. Planning focused on four (4) key restoration areas: Facilities; Educational Instruction; Technology Infrastructure; and Business Service Operations.