Emergency Preparedness

WHY DO YOU NEED EMERGENCY SUPPLIES?

 

“To be prepared. Disaster can strike quickly and without warning. It can force you to evacuate your neighborhood or confine you to your home. What would you do if basic services – water, gas, electricity, or telephones – were cut off? Local officials and relief workers will be on the scene after a disaster, but they cannot reach everyone right away.”

 

One of the most important things your family can have on hand in case of a disaster is an emergency supply kit. We have assembled kits for our clients following the guidelines recommended by the American Red Cross we also maintain your kits to make sure you are ready if disaster strikes.

 

Don't let your family and those close to you be caught unprepared.

We can help you become prepared and stay prepared.

References

Disaster Facts from the CDC:

Based on a study done by  Adelphi University Center for Health Innovation 

 

48% of Americans lack emergency supplies for use in the event of a disaster.

Trying to get supplies after a disaster hits often isn’t feasible. Big or small, if something happens in your area like flooding, winter storms, or black outs you may not be able to access road ways, grocery stores may be closed, and ATMs may not even be working.

 

More than half of Americans have not prepared copies of crucial documents.  
What would you do if you lost all your documents from a wildfire that burned your house down or a tornado that swept through town? Make copies of your documents and keep in a sealed, waterproof pouch in your emergency kit so you can easily take them with you if you need to evacuate. 

 

More than half of parents do not have a designated meeting place in case of a disaster.

Following a major disaster, telephone lines will likely be down or jammed, making it hard to find your loved ones. Make sure you discuss the disaster plan with your family so everyone knows where to go. 

 

42% of cell phone owners do not know all their immediate family members phone numbers. 

Don’t count on using your cell phone during a disaster or using it as storage for emergency contact numbers.  You never know when a disaster will hit and you may be without your cell. In addition to writing down family members phone numbers, write down other emergency contact numbers like the fire and police departments, poison control, your family practitioner, a trusted neighbor, and an out of town friend or relative. 

Want to learn more? Visit CDC's website

10 facts about disasters and the effects they’ve had in the past:

 

  1. Over 2.6 billion people have been affected by natural disasters in the past decade.

  2. The number of natural disasters has quadrupled in the past 30 years.

  3. There have been over 3,400 floods worldwide since 1980.

  4. The cost of damage caused by disasters is 15 times higher than it was 50 years ago.

  5. Geophysical disasters killed an average of 69,098 people per year between 2001-2010.

  6. More than 2,600 severe storms have occurred in the last 30 years.

  7. Hydrological disasters made an average of 106.7 million victims per year between 2001-2010.

  8. The greatest famine in history killed around 45 million people in China between 1958 and 1962.

  9. In 2010, Haiti suffered the deadliest earthquake in almost 500 years, killing over 316,000 people.

  10. The total cost of damage caused by natural disasters in the 1990s reached over $650 billion.

 

Informative documents

Click the PDF icon below to download any of the  informational documents. All documents are intended for personal informational use only & can not be reproduced or used for any other purpose.

Earthquake preparedness information - useful information to help understand the dangers & safety tips to help you make smarter decisions in the event of an earthquake.

Family Fire Safety Plan -  Are you & your family ready in the event a fire threatens you or your home? Take a minute to review some things you should consider when making a safety plan.

Wildfire Home Assessment Information -  Prevention information to help identify & reduce the risks of wildfire threats

Informative Websites

La County Alerts - Sign up to receive emergency alerts via email, text & phone at http://www.lacounty.gov/wps/portal/alertla

 

OC County Alerts - Sign up to receive emergency alerts via email at http://bos.ocgov.com/alertoc/alertoc.asp

* To receive alerts via text or phone you will need download the MyConnect app & set up the city locations you'd like to be alerted about.

California Wildland Fire Coordinating Group (CWCG) - Visit http://www.preventwildfireca.org/ to learn more about wildfire prepardness, campfire safety, current news and more.

American Red Cross offers training  & certifications classes in many different categories including Family First Aid, Pet First Aid, Youth Courses and much more.


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Santa Ana Wildfire Threat Index - Check on the current wildfire threat ratings for Orange-Inland Empire, LA-Venture, San Diego & Santa Barbara areas along with recommended actions and additional resourses  http://psgeodata.fs.fed.us/sawti/

 

 

 

 

 

Pet Preparedness

Downloadable brochure developed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency in consultation with: American Kennel Club, The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, American Veterinary Medical Association, and The Humane Society of the U.S. to help you prepare in the event of an emergency.

 

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Fema's website to help you prepare your for your family and pets in the event of an emergency. A lot of information available from creating emergency plans, involving children to building emergency kits and much more.

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ASPCA'S website offers information to protect your pets in the event of an emergency, free window decals to help responders identify your pets.

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ASPCA also offers a free app for your smartphone. You can store all your important pet information, vaccinations, microchip info, picture, vet information etc. so you have everything in one place, create flyers in the unfortunate event that your pet is lost and much more.

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Pet friendly hotels/motels – Most shelters do not allow pets. Know ahead of time where you and your furry companions can go in the event of an emergency

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Safety Videos

Earthquake Preparedness

 

This film takes you on a visceral journey through the USGS 

Emergency Preparedness Kit

American Red Cross is urging all families to collect a supply of items to be used in the event of a disaster or an emergency evacuation.

Home Safety

A lot goes into making a house into a home. You want to make it comfortable of course, but above all, safe. Especially if you have children or pets. 

Here are a few home safety tips you can use to help protect your home, and everyone in it! 

Halloween Safety

Planning ahead can help make this Halloween a fire-safe one. Taking simple fire safety precautions, like making sure fabrics for costumes and decorative materials are flame-resistant, can prevent fires. 

Home Fire Sprinklers

Properly installed and maintained automatic fire sprinkler systems help save lives. Many people don't realize that this life-saving technology is available for homes, where roughly 85% of all civilian fire deaths occur.

Stop, Drop, Roll, Cool & Call

Fire safety prevention program produced by eMediaWorks, and sponsored by the Burn Prevention Network designed to teach children safety in the event clothing catches fire.