Prepare Compton

Trained more than 349 in CPR and First Aid

More than 425 homes saved

Installed more than 1,276 smoke alarms

Conducted more than 1,225 Pillowcase Project trainings​


Compton is a city in southern Los Angeles County, California, United States, situated south of downtown Los Angeles. Compton is one of the oldest cities in the county and on May 11, 1888, was the eighth city to incorporate. As of the 2010 United States Census, the city had a total population of 96,455. It is known as the “Hub City” due to its geographic centrality in Los Angeles County. Neighborhoods in Compton include Sunny Cove, Leland, Downtown Compton, and Richland Farms. The city is generally a working class city with some middle-class neighborhoods, and is home to a relatively young community, at an average 25 years of age, compared to the American median age of 35 (2010 data).


The 2010 United States Census reported that Compton had a population of 96,455. The population density was 9,534.3 people per square mile (3,681.2/km²). The racial makeup of Compton was 31,688 (32.9%) Black, 24,942 (25.9%) White (0.8% Non-Hispanic White), 655 (0.7%) Native American, 292 (0.3%) Asian, 718 (0.7%) Pacific Islander, 34,914 (36.2%) from other races, and 3,246 (3.4%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 62,669 persons (65.0%).

The Census reported that 95,700 people (99.2% of the population) lived in households, 643 (0.7%) lived in non-institutionalized group quarters, and 112 (0.1%) were institutionalized.

Compton was recently designated as an “Entrepreneurial Hot Spot” by Cognetics, Inc., an independent economic research firm. Compton made the national list for best places to start and grow a business, and ranked #2 in Los Angeles County out of a field of 88 cities. The city’s Planning and Economic Development department provides a business assistance program consisting of a comprehensive mix of resources to small business owners and entrepreneurs. The grocery chains Ralphs and Food 4 Less, subsidiaries of Kroger, are headquartered in Compton. Gelson’s Market, a subsidiary of Arden Group, Inc., a holding company, is also based there.

Compton is surrounded by multiple freeways which provide access to destinations throughout the region. The Long Beach and Los Angeles Ports are less than 20 minutes from downtown Compton, providing access to international destinations for customers and suppliers. The Alameda Corridor, a passageway for 25% of all U.S. waterborne international trade, runs directly through Compton from north to south.

Red Cross is the “talk of the town” and Red Cross volunteers are now recognized across the community.



In July 2016, board members, staff and volunteers began meeting with Compton community leaders to solicit counsel on establishing a community-led coalition to prevent, prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters.
In October 2016, a community leaders briefing was attended by 59 influencers and 27 organizations, civic leaders, elected officials, and faith-based groups who pledged to be part of the coalition. In November 2016, the coalition met for the first time. Over the past 9 months, six individuals have become Resiliency Ambassadors and they are now training to be leaders of the coalition.
The coalition agreed upon and prioritized local hazards: fires, earthquakes, man-made disasters (transportation accidents and chemical spills), and civil unrest. The plan will help people in Compton to prepare, prevent, respond to and recover from emergencies. The message: people must be prepared to survive safely on their own and to aid others until outside help can arrive. Outreach was extended to the education community, non-profits, faith based organizations, businesses and elected officials’ constituents.

Now, coalition training is focusing on sheltering in place, learning to build an emergency kit, making and practicing a family escape plan, CPR and First Aid, and volunteering and disaster training— including disaster action teams, sheltering, mass care, and feeding. On September 23, 2017, the coalition sponsored a community wide Prepare-a-thon event. Along with other community partners like the Compton Fire Department and the County of Los Angeles, residents learned how to be Red Cross Ready, First Aid and CPR. Additionally, younger residents learned preparedness skills through the Disney Pillowcase project and the Puppet Show. Other exhibitions included a mock shelter, Emergency Response vehicles, Disaster Action Team vehicles, fire department equipment, and the County’s famous “Shakey Quakey” house that demonstrates how an earthquake shakes your home. In all, more than 1000 neighbors and community residents participated.

Map of Compton


Coalition Members

• Block Club Commission/LA County Sheriff Volunteer
• City of Compton Office of the City Council
• City of Compton Office of the City Council
• City of Compton Office of the City Council
• City Resident
• Community Relations
• Compton Business Chamber of Commerce
• Compton Community College District
• El Camino College Police Department /Compton College
• Hope In Christ Community Church
• Law Offices of Marcus Musante
• Queue-Up Inc. Horseback Riding Therapeutic
• Right Stand Consultant
• South Bay Center for Community Development
• St. John’s Well Child Family Center
• St. John’s Well Child Family Center
• The Salvation Army Corps
• Top Teens of America
• Willow Walk HOA

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