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Click here to find out more about the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)
program and upcoming class schedules.

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The City of San Ramon and partners of the San Ramon Valley Emergency Preparedness Citizen Corps Council (Danville, Fire District and School District) had to meet high standards to achieve this designation, the first in the county. Click here to find out more information.

About the San Ramon Valley Emergency Preparedness Citizen Corps Council

The Department of Homeland Security’s national model for local Citizen Corps Councils started in 2002 as a means of organizing local volunteer and professional emergency services together in response to the disaster of 9/11. In 2006, 2,098 Citizen Corps Councils were organized across the nation. Here in the San Ramon Valley, the San Ramon Valley Emergency Preparedness Citizen Corps Council began in June 2006 when the City of San Ramon, Town of Danville, San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District and the San Ramon Valley Unified School District signed individual Resolutions extolling the value and need to establish a local collaborative program to manage the collective volunteer and professional emergency response personnel in the south county. Together the four public agencies jointly plan, coordinate, and fund community events, volunteer training and education events, and public employee training, exercises and materials.

"San Ramon Valley Citizen Corps Council" Recognized by FEMA for
Outstanding Citizen Corps Council Award – Serving a Population under 750,000

Click here to see the 2010 finalists

These web pages contain basic information that will prepare your family for emergencies, and if needed, enable you to be self sufficient for at least 72 hours. Not having the correct emergency supplies or family information makes it difficult to function during interruption of normal services.  The effort to prepare is cyclical, focuses on continuous improvement, and includes planning, training, reviewing results and updating the plans.

History and Hazards in San Ramon

The beauty of San Ramon was created by nature. Violent earthquakes shaped the mountains and hills.  Storm-swollen rivers and creeks shaped the creek beds. Wildfires contributed to the vegetation we see today in the hills. The Calaveras Fault Zone runs right through the City of San Ramon and could cause severe shaking following a possible 6.9 Richter Scale quake.  The hills that surround the City of San Ramon could have uncontrollable fires.  The City of San Ramon has seven creeks that could flood residents and businesses. Interstate 680 is a major transportation route for hazardous material, and an accident along this corridor could be a serious threat. 

Creating an Emergency Preparedness Office

Potential hazards, a review of the lessons learned from the tragic events of September 11, 2001, and the response to Hurricane Katrina spurred the City Council to recognize the need to improve the City’s preparedness and readiness to respond to the potential impacts of an emergency here in the San Ramon Valley.  The responsibilities of this office are:

  • Developing appropriate and required emergency plans
  • Developing training and plans to improve staff readiness
  • Overseeing the purchase of appropriate emergency supplies and equipment
  • Collaborating with the San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District, San Ramon Valley Unified School District and the Town of Danville on common programs, plans and public education/training
  • Coordinating plans with county, state and federal resources
  • Organizing, equipping and managing emergency facilities dedicated to the response and recovery of the City
  • Managing a budget to accomplish the above mentioned tasks

Raymond Riordan is the City Emergency Preparedness Manager and reports to the Interim Chief of Police, Joseph Gorton.  Mr. Riordan is a 23 year veteran in the field of Emergency Management with extensive experience in planning, training, and responding to emergencies across the nation.

Emergency Preparedness ManagerFor more information, contact Raymond Riordan at 925-973-2773 or email rriordan@sanramon.ca.gov


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