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Emergency Preparedness Newsletter
Emergency Preparedness Newsletter
Disasters happen
unexpectedly. Emergency
situations may force you
to evacuate your
neighborhood or confine
you to your home. A
major disaster could
leave many thousands of
people homeless and
without food, water or
shelter. You may be
without basic services
such as gas, electricity or
telephone for an
unknown period of time.
By preparing and planning
ahead of time, you can
remain calm and safe and
be ready to take care of
yourself and your loved
ones during a natural or
manmade disaster. The
likelihood that you and
your family will survive a
disaster or emergency
depends on the tools and
plans you have in place to
make it on your own, at
least for a period of time,
no matter where you are
when disaster strikes.
Although our cities and
counties are preparing
diligently to provide
assistance to its residents
when emergencies strike,
large disasters may
completely overwhelm
our first responders (fire,
police, medical personnel
and In-Home Support
Service workers) with
multiple public safety
needs in which to
respond to. First
responders will need to
focus first on the areas
which are the hardest hit
and help the most
severely endangered
people and heaviest
impacted areas. The 911
emergency system will
most likely be
overloaded and not
everyone will be able to
get through. Hospitals
and other medical
facilities may sustain
major damage and not be
able to accept and treat
injured persons.
Other types of medical
support entities like
assisted living, critical
care and dialysis center
may not functional after a
disaster. By creating plans
ahead of a disaster, we
are preparing ourselves
in case First Responders
are not able to come to
our assistance
immediately or even
several days. The time
to start thinking about
what to do in an
emergency situation is
before it happens.
Preparing Makes Sense
Types of Emergencies That Can Happen
The Los Angeles region
is subject to multiple
emergencies including
earthquakes, floods,
landslides, tornadoes,
urban fires, terrorism
and civil unrest. Major
earthquakes have
occurred in Southern
California causing
significant damage to
the Los Angeles area in
1933, 1971, 1987 and
1994. Local scientists
estimate that there is
an 86% probability that
a magnitude 7.0 or
greater earthquake will
strike again in Southern
California within the
next 30 years.
Fact: In recent years,
heat waves have caused
more deaths than all
other weather events.
including wild fires.
January, 2015
Volume 1
Making a
Family Disaster
Preparing an
Supply Kit
Special points of
Why We Need to
Prepare for
Emergencies and
Natural Disasters in
Types of
Emergencies that
Can Happen in
Southern California
How to Prepare for
Emergencies Before
they Happen
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