Koreatown is a very diverse neighborhood in Central Los Angeles. Near downtown Los Angeles, it is centered at Eighth Street and Western Avenue. It is the most densely populated neighborhood in the City of Los Angeles with 120,000 residents in 2.7 square miles. It is a vibrant and exciting area with an eclectic feel and a wide variety of different
cultures and languages.
Koreatown - PreparesoCal

In 2015, the American Red Cross Los Angeles Region provided assistance to families and individuals affected by more than six major fires in Koreatown.
Experts agree that working smoke alarms increase the probability of surviving a home fire by 50%.
That is why the Red Cross and key Koreatown organizations and leaders have joined forces.

By the end of December, twenty-six Koreatown-based organizations signed on to PrepareLA Resiliency Coalition. At the first meeting, coalition members planned the first community based activity – a Home Fire Preparedness Campaign event in January. They identified potential new partners critical to that event – partners that could provide volunteers, secure appointments and plan a press conference
the Friday prior.

New community outreach events were scheduled in Koreatown, with over 5,500 Koreatown residents receiving preparedness information.


The PrepareLA Koreatown coalition worked throughout the summer of 2016 to create a plan to increase resiliency in Koreatown. The plan focused on key areas and during FY 2017, the coalition achieved:

• 84 Individuals certified in CPR and First Aid

• 84 Individuals certified in CPR and First Aid

• 284 Individuals received Prepare U Training

• 243 students received the Pillow Case Training

• 386 Fire Alarms were installed throughout the community.

• 46 residents of Koreatown were newly trained as disaster response volunteers

The implementation strategy includes:
Coalition Member Engagement – What coalitions members need to do to get their own organization more prepared. Coalition members identified connections to schools and faith based organizations as a key strategy in getting families in Koreatown more prepared.
Calendar and Accountability – Recommendations were identified and tasks created to achieve those recommendations. A robust timeline with accountable coalition members was identified.
The coalition is looking forward to implementation in 2017.


 Koreatown Fire Leaves 4 Homes Damaged

 Koreatown Coalition Joins Red Cross to Reduce Home Fires

 Map of Koreatown


Red Cross Home Fire Campaign Stats

Reached (coming soon) youth with preparedness information

Red Cross Home Fire Campaign - Stats

Created (coming soon) evacuation plans

Red Cross Home Fire Campaign - Stats
Installed more than (coming soon) smoke alarms
Red Cross Home Fire Campaign - Stats
Conducted (coming soon) in-home visits
Los Angeles Home Fire Preparedness Campaign
(coming soon) people served

Red Cross coalition building efforts
in Koreatown include partner relationships with the following:

· City of Los Angeles Emergency Management Department
· Kheir Clinic
· Koreatown Youth Community Center
· LAPD – Olympic Station
· Little Bangladesh Improvements, Inc.
· Office of CA Assemblymember Miguel Santiago
· Office of CA State Senator Kevin DeLeon
· Office of LA City Council President Herb Wesson
· O-CERT – Olympic Station
· Olympic CPAB – Neighborhood Watch
· Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools
· Wilshire Center Business Improvement Corporation
· Youth Policy Institute

Community Sponsors