Be Prepared For A Disaster by Planning Ahead
2013-09-17 · By Editor
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.”
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.
- In an emergency KKJZ FM 88.1 will broadcast information to the Long Beach community. Additional resources are KNX AM 1070 and KFWB AM 980. LBTV broadcasts on Charter Communications Channel 3 and Verizon FiOS Channel 21, and will provide information to the Long Beach community.
- Register for local notification programs so you will be sent information from Emergency Response Officials with the City of Long Beach. Please register for:
- Social Media will be used to share information with the community. Please use:
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 http://training.fema.gov/IS/ (IS-22 Are You Ready? – An In-depth Guide to Citizens Preparedness).
Here are a few reliable training sites to assist you:
- The American Red Cross – Greater Long Beach Chapter www.redcrosslb.org/
- Community Emergency Response Team – Long Beach CERT
- Federal Emergency Management Agency,
Family Preparedness Plan Information
There are many reliable resources available to research emergency planning. Here are three reliable sites to assist you.
- City of Long Beach, http://www.longbeach.gov/health/safety_prep/er_prep.asp
- California Governor’s Office of Emergency, http://www.calema.ca.gov/PlanningandPreparedness/Pages/Earthquake-Preparedness.aspx
- Federal Emergency Management Agency,
Earthquake Kit Information Resources
There are many reliable resources available to research earthquake kits. Here are two reliable sites to assist you.
- City of Long Beach, http://www.longbeach.gov/health/safety_prep/kit_campaign/default.asp
- The American Red Cross – Greater Long Beach Chapter
If you would like to have additional information on this or other emergency preparedness topics, please visit the City’s website for assistance. http://www.longbeach.gov/health/safety_prep/kit_campaign/default.asp.