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International Women's Day

Highlight on Emergency Management Director Donna Boston

Happy International Women’s Day! This year we wanted to put the spotlight on Donna Boston, Director of the County’s Emergency Management Program. Donna is an incredible asset to the Sheriff’s Department and the County as a whole. Her career in Emergency Management spans 20 years and she specializes in preparedness, mitigation, response, and recovery. She oversees the Emergency Management Division that provides emergency management and preparedness services to the unincorporated areas of Orange County and supports the efforts of the Orange County Operational Area. There are currently over 100 jurisdictions in the Operational Area encompassing all County departments and agencies, public and private organizations and the general population within the boundaries of Orange County.

Donna also spearheads the County’s Alert OC program. Alert OC is Orange County’s regional public mass notification system designed to keep those who live or work in Orange County informed of important information during emergency events and has the capability of quickly sending time-sensitive emergency voice and text messages from public safety officials to your home, cell or business phone.

It’s easy to sign up for emergency notifications and takes only minutes! Just visit and type in your phone number. You can also select to receive notifications for specific areas, like where you work, live, or travel to often. Once you are registered, you will receive either voice or text messages about any emergencies that require immediate lifesaving actions.