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Throughout the month of September, the City of Los Angeles Emergency Management Department (EMD) will give you tips, ideas, resources and tools on how you, your family and community can be prepared during a time of disaster. Disasters and major emergencies can strike quickly and without warning. They can force you to evacuate your neighborhood or confine you to your home. What would you do if basic services - water, gas, electricity or telephones were unavailable? Families can cope with disaster by preparing in advance and working together as a team. EMD recommends to prepare, organize, practice, connect, communicate and train. Our four week series will include the topics of getting prepared, making a plan, teaching you to prepare for disasters, and community preparedness.
In terms of preparation, we are emphasizing personal and family preparedness. Preparing yourself, your family and your home reduces the serious impacts of a disaster. Build an emergency “Go Bag” for each person in your household. Your bags should be easy to carry and have important and personal items such as a first aid kit, flashlight, glow sticks, hand crank radio, clothing, battery charger, and other items. In your Go Bag, have copies of important documents, contact list, medication list and other vital information. Do not forget to have Go Bags for children and pets! Visit https://emergency.lacity.org/rylan-publications for a list of items to put in your kit.
While preparing kits, set up a communication plan. As a family, sign up for NotifyLA (www.notifyla.org). Signing up for opt-in emergency alerts, gives you up to date information and specific instructions on what to do during a disaster. Make a contact list which includes an "out-of-state” contact. Make sure each bag you are preparing includes the contact list. Part of preparedness is being trained. Train all members of your family in checking and updating kits annually. Also look into local training in First Aid & CPR. Stop the Bleed and Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). The more you train, practice and review your kits and plans, you and your family will feel more prepared for when any emergency occurs.
Remember “Disasters do not plan, but you can. Be Prepared!” For additional resources including a supply checklist for individuals and pets, planning and organizing your community, visit: