Disaster Preparedness

New training session coming in 2017!!!  More details coming soon!!

The Orange County Branch is working to participate in local and statewide disaster preparedness.  In 2017 we hope to participate in the Great California Shake Out for the first time.  Click the following banner to learn more.

To learn more about this committee, please read the attached polcies and procedures in the committee files section of this page.  If you are interested in participating in this committee, please contact [email protected].

Below in the Related News section are some articles from past events.


Sudi Shoja, PE
Disaster Preparedness Chair
DS Services
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Santa Ana River Parkway Extension Branch Lunch

By Portia Gonzalez, P.E. The ASCE Orange County Branch March luncheon meeting presented on the Santa Ana River Parkway Extension Project.  The key speakers include Mr. Jeff Dickman, Planner with the Orange County Public Works; Mr. Jerry Flores, Associate Principal with AECOM, and Mr. David Jaffe, Senior Project Manager with Psomas.  

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When Disaster Strikes

Recent flooding in Texas and earthquakes in both Ecuador and Japan remind us that disasters can happen at any moment. The aftermath of these tragic events highlights the need to be prepared and to have a plan in place when disaster strikes. By Steven King, P.E.

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Disaster Preparedness- Learn More

I feel that disaster preparedness is the most important area should be preparing our members.  The best way to advance the profession and to educate the public about Civil Engineering is to be there for people in their time of greatest need.  When I joined the board we had one board member active in disaster preparedness and no disaster preparedness committee.  I am very grateful that Sudi Shoja from DS Services became the chair of our disaster preparedness committee last year.  She immediately held a Safety Assessment Program (SAP) training after becoming chair to increase the number of Civil Engineers in Orange County who are prepared to assist when a natural disaster occurs.  Our class last year was at a special reduced price to try and facilitate interest in becoming active in this committee, but unfortunately we still have a committee of one.  Part of the lack of interest, may be because we need to revise the focus for the committee.

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OC Water Districts Prepare for Emergencies

Cox OC Connections has a regular program about infrastructure in Orange County and is hosted by Lacy Kelly from Association of California Cities Orange County.  This weeks topic was related to water districts in Orange County preparing for disasters. 

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Safety Assessment Program (SAP) Training

ASCE Orange County is providing Safety Assessment Program Evaluator training on Friday, August 22, 2014 at Irvine Ranch Water District, located at 15600 Sand Canyon Avenue, Irvine, from 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

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Disaster Preparedness Committee’s New Chair - Sudi Shoja, P.E.

Introducing the Disaster Preparedness Committee's new Chair - Sudi Shoja, P.E. Please join the ASCE OC Board in welcoming Ms. Shoja to the position. 

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