April is National Earthquake Preparedness Month (just in case March didn't scare you into action) and so I am going to do my best to list some local and city resources to help get you and your family as ready as you can be. And hopefully after writing this, I will finish working on our family's disaster plan as well.
I'd be curious to hear where fellow Rancho Park residents plan to use as an emergency meeting place. I'm thinking Palms or Rancho Park, the mall or Overland Elementary. Does anyone have a family plan in place? If so, please share.
The Los Angeles Emergency Management Department maintains a comprehensive site at Ready LA with good links and lists for what to do in all sorts of disasters. Here is a link to their earthquake page which has info on how to prepare (keep shoes and a flashlight by your bed), what to do in case of an earthquake (stop,drop and hold on) and what to doif you are trapped (tap but shout only as a last resort). Click on the links above for their complete lists.
Ready LA also has separate pages on how to put together emergency supply kits and a household disaster plan. There are also preparedness videos and a searchable-by-zipcode list of emergency services. Here is the link for 90064, which for some reason does not have Fire Station 92 on it. Here is their non-emergency business line (310) 840-2192 BUT always call 911 in an emergency.
These can be ordered online (the Red Cross has an online store) , put togther yourself (local shop A-16 has most of what you need) or purchased from the West Los Angeles Police Station at 1663 Butler Ave, one block south of Santa Monica Blvd just west of the 405 Fwy.
That is where I recently purchased three kits for my home and cars. Call first to make sure they are in stock. If you have any questions please conatct Sgt. David Podesta at (310) 444-0743 or by email at email@example.com .
Here's what is inside:
FOOD FOR 3 DAYS FOR 2 PEOPLE
WATER FOR 3 DAYS FOR 2 PEOPLE
1 LED FLASHLIGHT ( No Batteries needed)
1 UTILITY KNIFE
2 PACKS OF KLEENEX
2 PAIRS OF HEAVY DUTY GLOVES
3 LIGHT STICKS
1 ROLL OF DUCT TAPE
1 WATER/GAS SHUT OFF TOOL
1ST AID KIT
1 BOTTLE OF GERMICIDAL TABLET
Each Kit sells for $75. WestLAPD makes $8 off each kit and the profits go to their youth programs. They take cash or check only but do have an ATM in the building.
Here is a link to their various phone numbers. Print this page.
The Red Cross also has great information. Their tips are below and more can be found on their site. Print all this (along with phone numbers of all key family and friends) because your computer won't work and you'll be looking for all the useful info posted here!
At www.redcross.org, the Red Cross offers important steps that people can take before an earthquake occurs:
If you are inside when the shaking starts:
If you are outside when the shaking starts:
Steps you can take after an earthquake include:
Are you ready? Any tips or info I've forgetten? Please let me know.