Emergency Preparedness

In a major disaster L.A. City emergency personnel may not be available for several days to help local neighborhoods. We must be prepared to help ourselves and to work with our neighbors to survive on our own for at least 72 hours, but probably much longer.

stored in water-tight container and “Go Bags” for the car and home.
Water (most important commodity). 1 gallon/person/day for at least three days.
Food at least a three-day supply of non-perishables, pet food, manual can opener, utensils, plates, paper towels, camping stove.
Power: Battery operated or Hand-Crank Radio; Flashlights, lanterns and batteries; gasoline-powered Generator.
First Aid Kit; Medication; Whistle; Dust Mask (for blocking contaminants); camping Tent, Blankets; Work gloves; Sturdy shoes.
Sanitation/Toiletries Toothbrush, toothpaste, toilet paper, moist wipes, garbage bags for waste disposal, portable toilet.
Tools: Shut-off wrench, pliers, crowbar.
2-way Radio for local communication, when phones are not operable.

You may purchase supplies at SOS Survival Products
Check these websites for more info: Readyla.com Emergency.lacity.org
Practice Drop, Cover & Hold-On (for Earthquakes) and Stop, Drop & Roll (for Fires)


  • Decide on a place to meet outside of your home, in case it is unsafe to remain indoors.
  • Decide on a location to meet outside of your neighborhood, in case of evacuation.
  • Keep your gas tank half full at all times, since gas might not be available.
  • Teach each member of your family how to use a fire extinguisher.
  • Locate utilities: know how to turn off gas, water and electric.

    Securely fasten or relocate heavy pictures or mirrors away from beds.
    Secure bookshelves, big screen TVs, and water heaters to studs in walls.
    Place large, heavy objects on lower shelves. Brace overhead light and fan fixtures.