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November 05, 2012

Community: Disaster Preparedness - Are You Ready Los Angeles County ?

Hurricane Sandy has affected one out of five Americans as well as the people of many other countries. Lives have been lost in this natural disaster,and tens of thousands of people are without proper housing, food, water, and electricity. You can help by visiting FEMA and the American Red Cross


Disasters can affect many people and a wide area such as an earthquake, or can affect less people and a smaller area such as a severe windstorm that knocks down thousands of power lines, blocking streets and making it difficult for repair crews to restore power for many days or over a week.

Even if only a few people are affected, if it's you, it's 100%.

Instead of ignoring these facts and hoping for the best, take action now to help yourself and the people you love. Would you be ready if there were an emergency?

Be prepared:

assemble an emergency supply kit,
Make your emergency plans,
stay informed,
and get involved in helping your family, your business, and your community be ready for emergencies.

Be prepared for when - not if - the next emergency occurs. How prepared are you? Preparedness is a responsibility we all share. Let's all do our part. Top priorities are shelter, food, water, and power, but there is a lot more to it.

1. Ready, Set, Go! Los Angeles County Fire Department

2. Safety Preparedness – Los Angeles County Fire Department

3. Learn what to do BEFORE an earthquake, DURING an earthquake, and AFTER an earthquake - Los Angeles County Fire Dept.

4. Emergency Survival Guide - County of Los Angeles

5. Citizens Guide to County Services - Los Angeles County

6. LA-ESP: At the Los Angeles County Emergency Survival Program’s website, you will find a great selection of useful, lifesaving materials and publications for download to share with your family, community, friends, co-workers and children.

(a direct link to publications)

7. Seven Steps to Earthquake Safety

8. Federal Emergency Management Agency

9. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

10. Ten Ways YOU Can be Disaster Prepared:

California Emergency Management Agency

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April 14, 2010

There has been a lot of seismic activity in Baja California/Mexico over the past week or so.  The largest earthquake measured 7.2 on the Richter scale.  As you know, this region (Mexico and southern California), is prone to earthquakes and it is predicted that a magnitude 7.8 could occur on the southern section of the San Andreas (runs through the Santa Clarita and Antelope valleys) fault within the next 30 years or so.  With all of this in mind, it is vital that all of us take the time to prepare at home and work to minimize damage and injuries.  Please ensure that your Emergency Action Plans are in place and your staff, students and parents know what to do if/when a large earthquake strikes.  The more you discuss and practice your emergency plans, the more comfortable your staff will be, thus the more effective we will be responding to  a disaster.

More information is available at and

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