Category Archives: Emergency Prepareness



All Are Welcome – Classes Are Free


Emergency Management Department
May 5, 2016-June 16, 2016 (7 consecutive Thursdays)
500 East Temple Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
10:00am – 12:30pm
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Topics According to Class Number
1 – Introduction, Disaster Awareness
2 – Disaster Fire Suppression Techniques
3 – Disaster Medical Operations (Session 1)
4 – Disaster Medical Operations (Session 2) & Multi-Casualty Incident
5 – Light Search & Rescue Operations
6 – Team Organization & Disaster Psychology
7 – Terrorism & Homeland Defense

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May EMD Bulletin – Household Recovery Following an Earthquake

May EMD Bulletin – Household Recovery Following an Earthquake

This month’s Emergency Management Department (EMD) bulletin focuses on household recovery following an earthquake.

After an earthquake, there may be substantial damage to your home. Do not return to the damaged area before it is declared safe by local building and safety officials. This can be both a physically and a mentally challenging process, so use extreme caution. From a safe distance, walk carefully around the outside of the property and check for loose power lines, gas leaks, and structural damage. If you have any doubts about safety or the structural integrity of the building, have it inspected by a qualified building inspector or structural engineer before entering.

Before you re-enter your home or building, protect yourself and others from injury. An excellent safeguard against injury is proper personal protective equipment. Consider using the following items before re-entering your home: hard hat, safety glasses or goggles, gloves, coveralls, sturdy non-slip boots with steel shank and toe, N-95 Respirator, and a flashlight. A battery-powered flashlight should be turned on before entering the building. The battery may produce a spark that could ignite leaking gas if present. Never enter a building if you smell gas.

After an earthquake, there can be serious health hazards present. The following is a brief list to consider:

  • Many materials that may contain hazardous materials such as asbestos or lead can be disturbed or airborne.
  • Occasionally after a fire is extinguished, it can reignite. If you see smoke or flames, call 911.
  • Wild animals and insects such as possums, raccoons, snakes, and spiders may seek shelter.
  • Gas and electric meters may be shut off, damaged, or removed. Do not attempt to turn the utilities back on yourself.
    If the gas or electricity needs to be turned back on, contact your utility provider.
  • Structural damage may occur and require post-earthquake inspection. Contact the Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety at (213) 473-3231 or at

Immediate Housing Needs
If you are unable to enter your home due to damage, you may need to be relocated to a temporary residence while your home is being rebuilt. For immediate housing needs, the American Red Cross and other volunteer agencies set up temporary shelters for people who cannot return to their homes. In the event of a declared disaster, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has a program called Individuals and Households Program (IHP) which helps you and members of your household who are affected by a disaster take care of necessary expenses and serious needs related to housing that cannot be met through other forms of disaster assistance or insurance. For more information on disaster housing assistance, please visit

For most homeowners, insurance policies have a provision that pays for relocation. This provision is commonly referred to as Additional Living Expenses (A.L.E.). The goal of the relocation service is to find a temporary residence close in size, quality, and vicinity to your home. The insurance company will either pay the costs directly or reimburse you for the rental cost incurred. Renters, on the other hand, will immediately call their landlord and or property manager to inform them of the loss. If your home is deemed uninhabitable, you may be able to get your deposit refunded. If you have a written lease, there may be language covering your rights if property is destroyed or damaged. If you have renters insurance, your policy may cover your personal property damages and possibly additional living expenses.

Additional Resources: ReadyLA

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City’s Emergency Management Department Announces the 5 Steps Prepareathon Full-Scale Exercise

City’s Emergency Management Department Announces the 5 Steps Prepareathon Full-Scale Exercise

The City of Los Angeles Emergency Management Department (EMD) and the United Neighborhoods Neighborhood Council are conducting a neighborhood disaster exercise as part of America’s PrepareAthon on Saturday, April 30, 2016 in the Historical West Adams District of South Los Angeles.

This full scale exercise will simulate a large earthquake, requiring members of the community to actively engage with the scenario, playing the roles of civilian community responders and/or injured survivors. The event will also include participation by local law enforcement, fire fighters, and more. The neighborhood exercise will conclude with a public safety fair, presented by the United Neighborhoods Neighborhood Council which will feature live music, food trucks, and raffle prizes. All members of the public and media are encouraged to attend and observe the proceedings.

This event is part of the City’s 5 Steps to Neighborhood Preparedness initiative, which educates citizens about what they can do to prepare their neighborhood for a disaster. Additional information about the 5 Steps program, including a free guide and video, are available at

The following is a timeline for the day’s events:
9:00 AM to 10:00 AM – Neighborhood civilian response to the disaster
10:00 AM to 11:00 AM – City responders arrive and take control of response to the disaster
10:30 AM – Press Conference
11:00 AM to 3:00 PM – Public Safety Fair: preparedness information and entertainment

The following City officials and special guests are confirmed speakers for the press conference:
Herb Wesson, President Los Angeles City Council, District 10
Alfred Poirier, Interim General Manager Los Angeles Emergency Management Department
Jeff Reeb, Director of Los Angeles County Office of Emergency Management
Robert Fenton, FEMA Region IX Administrator
Jeff Camp, President of the United Neighborhoods Neighborhood Council
Additional speakers currently being confirmed

“Saying ‘it will never happen’ is not an effective neighborhood disaster response plan,” explains Mona Curry, Emergency Manager. “This full scale earthquake drill taking place in South Los Angeles, which can be applied to any neighborhood, will allow neighbors to practice responding on their own in the event of a massive earthquake or other type of disaster.”

“The earthquake threat facing Angeleños is unfortunately all too real,” said Robert Fenton, Regional Administrator for FEMA Region 9. “But instead of throwing up their hands, it’s encouraging to see local individuals and communities determined to be ready to meet that reality. Simulated events and exercises, such as Los Angeles’ 5 Steps PrepareAthon, will be taking place across the country as part of America’s PrepareAthon, and will energize the “Whole Community” to embrace individual, family, and community preparedness activities.”

This important community emergency preparedness event is expected to have a very large turnout, and those who wish to volunteer as active participants for the drill can register online at or by phone at 424-247-1214.

Download the event flyer here.

About the City of Los Angeles Emergency Management Department: Comprised of five divisions, the City of Los Angeles Emergency Management Department works to resolve the challenges in emergency management for the four million residents and 400,000 business firms that fall within its jurisdiction. The EMD’s five divisions work with City departments, municipalities, and an array of community-based organizations to ensure that the City and its residents have the resources and information they need to prepare for, respond to, and recover from emergencies, disasters, and other significant events. More information at

Technology and Social Media Communication Tips Before, During and After an Earthquake

Technology and Social Media Communication Tips Before, During and After an Earthquake

Please see the attached Emergency Management Department (EMD) Bulletin.

Each month EMD provides City employees with emergency preparedness information.

This month’s focus is on Technology and Social Media Communication Tips Before, During and After an Earthquake.

Please share this information with your co-workers, family and friends.

April is earthquake awareness month. During an earthquake, communication networks could be congested, damaged or lose power. This month’s Emergency Management Department (EMD) bulletin provides tips on how to use technology and social media to communicate and stay connected after an earthquake.

Your smart phone is an important part of your emergency plan

  • Maintain and carry a hardcopy list or pocket card of important family and business contact numbers in case your phone is lost, stolen or the battery dies.
  • Program “In Case of Emergency” (ICE) contacts into your cell phone so emergency personnel can contact those people for you if you are unable to use your phone. Let your ICE contacts know that they are programmed into your phone and inform them of any medical issues or other special needs you may have.
  • Have more than one way to receive emergency alerts and instructions. Subscribe to text alert services from local or state agencies like to receive alerts from the City of Los
    Angeles in the event of a disaster. Parents should also sign up for their school district emergency alert system if available.
  • Browse your smart phone app store and see what emergency preparedness apps might be useful such as those from FEMA and the American Red Cross.
  • If you have to leave your home due to an evacuation, forward your home phone number to your cell phone number

Becoming social media, tech and internet savvy will help keep you connected

  • Learn how to use Facebook, Twitter, Skype, Glide and FaceTime. In some of the more recent disasters, phone communications were disrupted, but the internet was working.
  • Create an emergency list of family members in Facebook as a Group. It’s a quick way to communicate and post updates to specific people.
  • Teach family members, including seniors how to text message. Text messaging services are less likely to experience network congestion during an emergency than phone services.
  • Learn how to store important documents on one many of the free cloud services like Dropbox, OneDrive, iCloud and Google Docs. You can access them from any location. With these applications you also can assign access rights to share information or data with whom you wish.
  • Send documents to yourself and save them in a folder or flash drive if you don’t use cloud applications.
  • Subscribe to the EMDs social media sites and follow their updates during a disaster, emergency or significant events.
  • Use text messaging, e-mail, or social media instead of making voice calls on your cell phone to avoid tying up voice networks after an earthquake.
  • Use social media to post your status to let family and friends know you are okay. In addition to Facebook and Twitter, you can use resources such as the American Red Cross’s Safe and Well
    program (

Follow these sites for information and updates before, during and after a disaster
Emergency Management Department

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Earthquakes Tips for Persons with Disabilities

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Earthquake tips for persons with disabilities and others with access functional needs

This month’s Emergency Management Department (EMD) bulletin focuses on what persons with disabilities and others with access and functional needs can do before, during and after an earthquake.

Before an earthquake

  • Secure your space at home by bolting to wall studs items like book cases and tall furniture. Remember, most injuries are caused by falling furniture or objects, and objects that obstruct you from leaving after the shaking stops.
  • Install cabinet doors and latches to protect the contents and prevent them from fall out during an earthquake.
  • Remove pictures and heavy objects from above your bed or sleeping area.
  • Secure essential equipment such as oxygen tanks or other life support devices, so they will not fall, sustain damage or cause injury.
  • Create a disaster plan which includes your family and Personal Support Team (PST). Specify how you will communicate in an emergency and how you will reunite with each other. Visit to get started.
  • Create a disaster supply kit and store it in an accessible place. Stock it with essentials like water, non-perishable food, medication/medication list, flashlight with extra batteries, battery operated radio, and other supplies for your specific needs and those of your service animal. Visit for more information.

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After the shaking stops

  • Check yourself for injury.
  • Follow your disaster plan; notify your out of area contact of your status, then keep phone lines clear.
  • Remain aware of your surroundings. Look around for hazards such as broken glass and objects in your way.
  • If you are in a public place that is unsafe, move or get assistance in moving to a safer location.
  • Expect aftershocks; they may change conditions or create new hazards.
  • Evacuate only if necessary, otherwise stay where you are. However, if the authorities advise an evacuation for your area, follow their directions

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