Office of Emergency Management
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The City of Temecula Office of Emergency Management (OEM) coordinates the emergency mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery services to the residents of the City of Temecula with the appropriate City agencies and external partners. This typically occurs in our Emergency Operations Center (EOC) and efforts are guided by the Emergency Operations Plan (EOP), which is reviewed annually and updated every three years. Through outreach, our office encourages residents to become more disaster ready and disaster resilient to ensure they are prepared for emergencies. We also manage the City's Alert and Warning Program, Temecula ALERT, to ensure residents of this community are informed during an emergency.
The City of Temecula's Office of Emergency Management (OEM) is pleased to announce that we are partnering with Community Services and Temecula’s new Welcome Center to make it easier for you to purchase the Community Preparedness Backpack’s. Instead of having to go into City Hall to purchase, you can pick them up directly from the Welcome Center which is located on Mercedes Street next door to the entrance to the Old Town Parking Garage.
Our backpacks have been flying off the shelves and are a perfect item to give the “Gift of Preparedness” during the holidays. Over this last year, we have sold over 300 bags thereby increasing the readiness and preparedness of OUR community.
As you may or may not know, we have teamed up with Ready America, Inc. to ensure you are prepared with your very own custom emergency kit designed specifically for the City of Temecula and our unique needs. This kit includes your basic lifesaving essentials such as drinking water, a 4-in-1 gas and water shutoff tool, gloves, first aid kit, and a disaster radio with flashlight and cell phone charger.
If you would prefer to order your custom backpack online, simply click HERE to be taken to our secure ordering site. Each kit will sell for $45.99. Weekly, the Office of Emergency Management will reach out to those who have ordered online to let them know they are ready for pick up. Your bag can be picked up from the new Welcome Center by simply showing a photo ID and/or your purchase receipt.
Remember, personal preparedness has never been more important! This kit will help get you, your family, and friends prepared to respond immediately to an emergent need in the community. Take the first step now to get PREPARED and let us make Temecula a Disaster Ready and Disaster Resilient community.
Warm centers provide respite from cold temperatures in Temecula and Riverside County
Even though we're in Southern California, Temecula residents may see dangerous winter weather while traveling and commuting, especially through the nearby Idyllwild and San Gabriel Mountain Ranges. Extreme cold, dense fog, and even ice & snowstorms are possible during the winter months. Dangers from these weather conditions include unsafe roads, cold-related illness, fires, and power outages. When there's a winter weather risk in Southern California, the National Weather Service issues alerts.
- Freeze Warning: Air temperature is expected to be 32 degrees F or lower for a significant amount of time
- Hard Freeze Warning: Air temperature is expected to be 25 degrees F or lower for long enough to freeze water pipes
- Dense Fog Advisory: Widespread or localized fog reduces visibility to 1/4 mile or less
- Winter Storm Warning: A mix of wintry precipitation (freezing rain or snow) is happening or is about to happen
- Ice Storm Warning: Heavy freezing rain is happening or is about to happen
With the arrival of cooler temperatures, Temecula will experience severe cold and even freezing temperatures. Residents and visitors now have a place to escape the cold at warming centers across the city as well as dozens across the county. These “warming centers” can be found in locations such as local libraries, some county offices, senior and community centers, and will be open to the public at no cost.
The City of Temecula's Warming Center is located at the Mary Phillips Senior Center (41845 6th Street) and will operate from THU, DEC 1, 2022 through FRI, MAR 31, 2023. Operating hours will be Monday - Friday from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. Warm Centers will be open to the public, in affected areas, when a Cold Warning is issued due to temperatures falling below 40˚F. Watch or listen for a Cold Warning on your television, radio, social media, and local newspaper. For additional information please contact the Mary Phillips Senior Center at (951) 694-6464.
The City of Temecula warm centers are coordinated by the Community Services Department. Light refreshments and water will be available at most locations. For a list of warm center locations, hours of operations and tips for staying warm, visit www.capriverside.org