In the event of a disaster, are you prepared to survive without assistance for seven days? When an emergency strikes, it’s too late to begin to plan how you and your family will cope with it, or to assemble the things you need to survive. In the event, of a major disaster, you may not have access to food, water or electricity for days or weeks. Emergency services may be overwhelmed and help could take days to arrive.
Prepare Now: Make a Kit, Make a Plan, Be Informed!
Here’s what you need to do to get ready:
1. Make a Kit
Have a seven-day supply of:
- Non-perishable food (canned, no cook, packaged) and a manual can opener.
- Water (one gallon per person or pet per day)
- First-Aid kit (including first-aid manual)
- Medications (prescription and non-prescription) and eye glasses
- Battery powered flashlight, radio, and batteries.
- Personal Hygiene items; toilet paper, paper towels, and large trash bags for trash.
- Copies of important documents
- Items for pets (food, water, cages/leashes)
- Items for infants (formula, diapers, ect)
- Tools (including duct tape, neon-colored tape or rope to block off dangerous areas)
- Have smaller sized kits for your car and workplace.
- Cash in small denominations ($1, $5, $10) (ATMS and credit cards do not work if the power is out)
- Fire extinguisher (A-B-C) type.
- Protective eye goggles, gloves, face mask, and hard hat.
- Change of clothing and sturdy shoes
- Names address and phone numbers of doctors and pharmacists.
- Camp stove or charcoal grill for outdoor cooking.
- Keep the kit in a sturdy and easy to carry container.
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2. Make a Plan
- Establish a plan for your family and make sure that everyone knows what they should do, where all the emergency supplies are kept, where they should go or meet in case of emergency-and practice your plan! In some cases you may be asked to evacuate or to shelter in place, remember to make plans for those situations too.Practice your plan at least twice a year and establish at least two places to meet after a disaster (one in the neighborhood and one outside of the neighborhood).
- Each adult in the household should lean how and when to turn off utilities, such as water, electricity, and gas.
- Know your children’s school evacuation plan.
- Out-of-state contact information should be shared with family members so that messages can be relayed to loved ones if local communications are not available.
- Include your pets in your plan!
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3. Be Informed
- Sign up to receive emergency notifications on your cell phone or by email. Go to www.beverlyhills.org/emergencynotification.
- Learn about what disasters or emergencies that may occur where you live, work, and play. Visit the Los Angeles County webpage to learn more from their Emergency Survival Program Fact sheets (ESP) http://lacoa.org/esppub.htm
- Know how local authorities will notify you during a disaster and how you will get important information. For more information on Alerts and Warnings in Beverly Hills go to: The Beverly Hills Public Disaster Hotline Number is hotline (310) 550-4680. This number is staffed during emergencies/disasters and can be called to receive more information during a disaster.
- Learn more about hazards in your neighborhood and work with your neighbors to create your own neighborhood plans: Los Angeles County’s Neighborhood Preparedness: AWARE http://lacoa.org/PDF/ESP-Neighborhood-AWARE-Plan.pdf
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County of Los Angeles Emergency Survival Guide preparedness http://lacoa.org/pdf/emergencysurvivalguide-lowres.pdf
Ten Ways YOU Can be Disaster Prepared: California Emergency Management Agency http://www.calema.ca.gov/NewsandMedia/Pages/Preparedness-Month.aspx