Are You Red Cross Ready for these SoCal Emergencies and Disasters?

When disaster strikes, you don’t have the luxury of taking time to start preparing. Take a few minutes now to review how to prepare for the disasters that are most likely to hit Southern California.

Because every day in the United States, 7 people die as a result of a home fire. In fact, if a fire starts in your home, you may have just two minutes to escape.

Earthquakes strike suddenly, without warning, and they can occur at any time of the year, day or night. California is at moderate to very high risk of earthquakes. Learn how to prepare for an earthquake with the following safety tips provided by the American Red Cross.

Floods are among the most frequent and costly natural disasters. Conditions that cause floods include heavy or steady rain for several hours or days that saturates the ground. Flash floods occur suddenly due to rapidly rising water along a stream or low-lying area.

Wildfires can occur in most regions of California and are extremely destructive and deadly. Learn how to keep your home and your family safe.

Sudden power outages can be frustrating and troublesome, especially when they last a long time. For prolonged power outages, though, there are steps you can take to minimize food loss and to keep all members of your household as comfortable as possible.

The term landslide describes downhill earth movements that can move slowly and cause damage gradually, or move rapidly, destroying property and taking lives suddenly and unexpectedly. Most landslides are caused by natural forces or events, such as heavy rain and snowmelt, shaking due to earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and gravity.

The key steps to take in preparing for any disaster are to: Get a Kit, Make a Plan and Be Informed.

The first step in being prepared for a disaster is organizing your preparedness kit. Assembling your kit is easy. Here are some guidelines for what to include.

Work out your emergency plan now so your entire family is prepared. Consider that you may not always be together when disaster strikes – how will you connect with your most important people? Here’s what to do.

Learn what types of disasters or emergencies might occur in your area and how to deal with them.