Be Prepared For A Disaster by Planning Ahead

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Disasters can strike quickly and without warning. They can force you to evacuate your neighborhood or confine you to your home.  Imagine yourself and your family after a major earthquake: stranded, no food, no water, no phone, and no plan.   Ask yourself how will you find your family members? How will you know if your children or parents are safe?  What would you do if basic services (water, gas, electricity, sewer or telephones) were cut off?  Families can reduce the physical and emotional challenges experienced in a disaster by preparing in advance.  Knowing what to do is your best protection against a disaster and will keep you and your family safe.  You are the only person who can take charge of this effort; it is your responsibility.

“Like most of Southern California, Long Beach is at high risk of earthquakes,” Mayor Bob Foster said. “I strongly encourage everybody to be as prepared as possible by being informed and connected with the community disaster response network; making a family emergency plan; and completing an emergency supply kit for your home and work place.  Making a commitment to complete these steps will provide you and your loved ones with the resources you will need after a major disaster. “

Here’s how people can ““Be Prepared and Stay Connected.”

Be Informed
In the hours and days following an earthquake, knowing how and where to get assistance may be critical information for you and your family.  Here are several resources to assist you.

When a major disaster occurs, your community can change in an instant.

  • Take precautions and learn how to respond in an emergency.
  • Take a first aid class, and make sure that at least one member of your household is trained in first aid and CPR.
  • The American Red Cross offers a variety of preparedness classes.
  • Sign up for Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training.  The Long Beach Fire Department teaches this free program to train people to become self-sufficient during major disasters.
  • The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) offers free online classes at (IS-22 Are You Ready? – An In-depth Guide to Citizens Preparedness).

Here are a few reliable training sites to assist you:

Family Preparedness Plan Information
There are many reliable resources available to research emergency planning.   Here are three reliable sites to assist you.

Earthquake Kit Information Resources

There are many reliable resources available to research earthquake kits.   Here are two reliable sites to assist you.

If you would like to have additional information on this or other emergency preparedness topics, please visit the City’s website for assistance.

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