Prepare SoCal: Disaster Preparedness in Los Angeles and Southern California
Seismologist Dr. Lucy Jones outlined the need for earthquake preparedness and preparation for other natural disasters on this edition of Eyewitness Newsmakers.
Kidde & The Home Depot
A safer world, one community at a time.
Kidde is dedicated to working with non-profit partners to spread safety awareness and education across the globe.
Even as an industry leader, making the world a safer place is not something we can do alone. That’s why we work closely with non-profit organizations. industry professionals and experts. Together, we’re organizing and implementing programs and events that help educate, give back, and supply fire and CO safety products to communities in need.
Kidde’s mission is to protect people and property from fire and its related hazards. An important part of this mission is working closely with industry professionals and experts to promote safety awareness and to help save lives.
One of their partners is the American Red Cross Home Fire Campaign. Each year, the Red Cross responds to nearly 66,000 disasters, the vast majority of which are home fires. So they set a goal to reduce fire-related deaths and injuries in the US by 25% by 2020.
7 people die every day from a home fire
36 people suffer injuries as a result of home fires every day
Over $7 billion in property damage occurs every year
To learn more about this program, and Kidde’s involvement, go to: http://www.redcross.org/get-help/prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/fire/prevent-home-fire
And for more information on Kidde and the Home Depot, go to: http://www.homedepot.com/c/Kidde
Prepare SoCal Information
We’re in this together, Southern California, so:
Get a Kit
Make a Plan
Get a Kit: At minimum, the American Red Cross recommends that you have the following items in your emergency preparedness kit:
- Water: One gallon per person, per day. A three-day supply is recommended for evacuation. A two-week supply is recommended if you stay in your home. Also, don’t forget to provide for your pets.
- Non-perishable food: Easy to open and prepare food items are preferable. A three-day supply is recommended for evacuation. A two-week supply is recommended if you stay in your home. And, don’t forget to provide for your pets.
- First aid kit
For a complete list of emergency supplies, visit www.PrepareSoCal.org. To purchase an official Red Cross emergency preparedness kit, visit the RedCrossStore.org.
Make a Plan: Families can and do cope with disaster by preparing in advance and working together as a team. Create a family disaster plan including an evacuation plan and a communication plan. Knowing what to do is your best protection and your responsibility.
- Meet with your family and discuss the types of disasters that are most likely to happen. Explain the dangers of fire, severe weather, and earthquakes to children and explain what to do in each case. Plan to share responsibilities and work together as a team.
- Pick two places to meet:
- Right outside your home, in case of a sudden emergency, such as a fire.
- Outside your neighborhood, in case you can’t return home. Everyone must know the address and phone number.
- Ask an out-of-state friend to be your “family contact.” After a disaster, it’s often easier to call long distance. Other family members should call this person and tell them where they are. Everyone must know your contact’s phone number.
- Families should develop different methods for communicating during emergency situations, and share their plans, beforehand, with all those who would be worried about their welfare.
Be Informed: Visit PrepareSoCal.org, a website created by the American Red Cross that has step-by-step guides on how to get ready for disasters, including earthquakes, fires, tsunamis, and mudslides, as well as links to disaster preparedness classes in your area to learn more.
- Identify how local authorities will notify you during a disaster and how you will get information, whether through local radio, TV or NOAA Weather Radio stations or channels. Know the difference between different weather alerts, such as watches and warnings and what actions to take in each.
- When a major disaster occurs, your community can change in an instant. Loved ones may be hurt and emergency response is likely to be delayed. Make sure that at least one member of your household is trained in first aid and CPR, and knows how to use an automated external defibrillator (AED). This training is useful in many emergency situations. To register for an American Red Cross course, click here.
- Share what you have learned with your family, household and neighbors and encourage them to be informed.
Millions across the state participated in the ninth annual Great California ShakeOut for earthquake preparedness.
Be sure to check out the following websites, which are included to enhance your ability to get better prepared.
- COPE Preparedness (Community Outreach Promoting Emergency Preparedness)
- County of Los Angeles Fire Department www.fire.lacounty.gov
- County of Los Angeles Public Health www.publichealth.lacounty.go
- County of San Bernardino Department of Public Health www.sbcounty.gov/dph/publichealth
- Earthquake Country Alliance www.earthquakecountry.info
- Los Angeles County Chief Executive Office, Office of Emergency Management http://lacoa.org/
- Los Angeles Fire Department www.lafd.org
- Orange County Health Care Agency http://ochealthinfo.com
- Orange County Sheriff’s Department Emergency Management Bureau http://ocsd.org
- ReadyOC – ReadyOC.org is an online portal that provides you with access to Orange County’s most comprehensive array of emergency preparedness tools and resources that you need to be ready for disasters. www.readyoc.org/promisetoprepare
- Riverside County Fire Department Office of Emergency Services www.rvcfire.org
- Southern California Earthquake Center www.scec.org
- Ventura County Fire Departmentc http://fire.countyofventura.org
- Ventura County Sheriff’s Department Office of Emergency Services www.vcsd.org/oes
- For your pets www.evacuatemypet.co