Get Ready to #ShakeOut Today!

Posted on 10/21/2021
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One may ask, how often does the Los Angeles area experience earthquakes?

As of 10:00 a.m. this morning, the last regional earthquake on record took place today, at 6:58 a.m., in the neighborhood of Windsor Hills.  Although it was only a 2.5 magnitude earthquake, the need to be prepared for the unknown is imperative.

With Los Angeles being a key destination for travel, we take preparing visitors, residents and the entire region very seriously.  Only four states - Florida, Iowa, North Dakota and Wisconsin - have not had earthquakes in the past 30 years.  But just because it hasn’t happened, doesn’t mean that it is impossible. 

Knowing to Drop, Cover and Hold On is a key component to survival.  In addition, staying connected to city government can help maintain your safety and situational awareness in the recovery period following an earthquake through registering for notifications via NotifyLA or downloading the Shake Alert App.

In a city of 4 million residents, public safety leaders recognize that the City cannot immediately respond to everyone in need following a major catastrophe. Along with Mayor Eric Garcetti, the Emergency Management Department has worked to ensure residents have the critical tools to be as resilient as possible before, during, and after an emergency. In 2018, the Emergency Management Department created Ready Your LA Neighborhood (RYLAN), a free program that walks neighbors through the process of getting prepared to survive a disaster. To learn more about RYLAN, go to READYLA.ORG on the web.

We encourage every Angeleno to get started on your most important community project: helping create an emergency preparedness plan for yourself and your neighbors.

With RYLAN and the Emergency Management Department’s help, you can build a relationship with your next-door neighbors or your neighbors down the hall that will ensure mutual aid in the event of a catastrophic earthquake.

When disaster strikes, the first 60 minutes are the most critical. It is called the “golden hour”, and getting help during those precious first minutes can make all the difference.  Don’t wait to receive answers to the “what if” questions.  Practice and prepare by dropping, covering and holding on at 10:21am on today, October 21, 2021 for the Great ShakeOut.  Los Angeles is known for enduring earthquakes, let’s show the world we know how to react, respond and recover too.