LBFD to Host “READY Long Beach” Community Preparedness Expo

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Long Beach Fire Department CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) and other city departments and disaster response agencies will host the first-ever “READY Long Beach” Community Preparedness Expo on October 4, 2014, to help residents prepare for incidents such as earthquakes, fires, floods, and act of terrorism. The free Citywide event, open to the public, will be from 10 am to 5 pm at Heartwell Park, near the corner of Clark and Carson streets.

“By the time a disaster occurs, the time for preparation has passed,” Mayor Robert Garcia said. “This event will give Long Beach residents critical information they need before to prepare for any disasters that may happen, so that they can be ready to help themselves, their families and their neighbors.”

The “READY Long Beach” Community Preparedness Expo will feature emergency supplies for purchase and information booths and demonstrations on topics such as:

  • How to set aside minimum supplies of food, water and other basic survival tools recommended by Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
  • How and when to safely shut off gas and water lines
  • How to build a family evacuation and response plan
  • How to engage your neighbors in disaster planning

The expo will also include a kid’s fun zone, food for purchase and emergency response vehicles.

“I’m thrilled to host the Citywide Preparedness Expo at Heartwell Park on October 4. It’s critical we provide resources so neighbors can take responsibility for their health and safety in an emergency,” said Councilwoman Stacy Mungo, who represents the Fifth District. “Don’t wait until a disaster to realize you aren’t ready. Join us Saturday to take the first step. It’s a family event so bring the kids or grandkids!”

READY Long Beach is co-sponsored by Dignity Health, the Port of the Long Beach and Southern California Edison. Additional participants include California National Guard; County of Los Angeles Office of Emergency Management; Greater Long Beach/Rio Hondo Chapter of the American Red Cross; Long Beach City College; Long Beach Transit; Long Beach Unified School District; Mercy Air; the U.S. Coast Guard and the Coast Guard Auxiliary; local businesses; and the following City Departments: Gas and Oil; Health and Human Services and Medical Reserve Corps; Library Services; Long Beach Airport; Parks, Recreation and Marine; Police; Public Works; and Water.

The CERT program trains residents in basic disaster response skills such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and first aid. For more information, visit

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