PrepareSocal – FAQ’s​

PrepareSoCal is an American Red Cross multi-region campaign designed to address the needs of individuals and families to prepare for disasters, small and large, by providing tips, tools, and training. In addition to this, it helps to promote community resiliency with a focus on Southern California’s most vulnerable communities.

It’s pretty simple. We want to help save lives. We can do this by working within the community, building a volunteer core of strong. Moreover, preparing families who can take care of themselves and their neighbors. Furthermore, know what to do during a local or personal emergency.

In fact, disasters and emergencies impact some neighborhoods more than others. Consequently, vulnerable communities are the most affected and the least resilient. Because they already low resources are taxed even further by unexpected traumatic events. Hence, there are some factors that increase a community’s vulnerability are:

Single parent households
Minimal education
Limited English proficiency
Car-less households
Non-working multiple family dependents
Population density
Low income

Los Angeles Region:

First Year
Van Nuys
El Monte and South El Monte
East Los Angeles

Second Year
Westlake/Pico Union
Bell Gardens

Third Year
South LA
San Fernando
Huntington Park

Desert to the Sea Region:

Cathedral City

Central California Region:


It is important for a community to possess the physical, psychological, social and economic capacity to withstand. Especially, quickly adapt to and successfully recover from a disaster.

It starts with one person, and then…

Engaging community stakeholders
Community leaders
Elected officials
Government agencies
Organizations and businesses
Faith-based organizations
Local health organizations

All unified around the shared goal of strengthening community resilience.

The Red Cross will provide unique opportunities for training and involvement such as:

Home Fire Preparedness
High School Red Cross Clubs
Ready When the Time Comes™ Teams
Community Resiliency Ambassadors
Map Your Neighborhood Trainers
Disaster Preparedness Trainings
Ready Rating™
First Aid/CPR Classes
The Pillowcase Project (preparedness)