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Southern California - Disaster Preparedness


NATURAL DISASTERS
Natural disasters happen everywhere. The best thing you can do to ensure your safety is to be prepared. For each potential type of disaster in California, we've outlined survival techniques. But, the best preparation? Before renting or buying a new home, check out its location in relation to potential threats. Learn more here and sign up for the City's C.E.R.T. class, where you'll learn the best techniques for preparedness and survival first hand.


12 MONTHS TO PERSONAL PREPAREDNESS
The City of Santa Clarita has outlined a wonderful program that assists families in preparing for natural disasters. Check out the links below for the appropriate months.

January - Flood & Storms
February - Prepare Yourself with Life Skills
March - Emergency Financial Kits
April - Earthquake Preparedness
May - Wildland Fire Preparedness
June - Travel Safety
July - Heat Wave
August - Back to School Preparedness
September - Terrorism
October - Public Health Emergencies
November - Candle with Care
December - Identity Theft


Wildfire Evacuation
One of the realities of living in California, and specifically Santa Clarita, is that we have brushfires. Those brushfires can quickly become life threatening, if you're not prepared. So what should you do?
1. Always know of at least two exits out of your neighborhood.
2. Keep a "Go Pack" ready with copies of important documents, family photos and a 30-day supply of medicines.
3. If the threat of fire is near, back your car into your driveway.
4. Keep a flashlight and a portable radio with you at all times, tuned to your local radio station (KHTS AM-1220).
5. Download a copy of Operation Evacuation. Read it, learn it, keep it in your Go Pack.


Earthquake Safety
Another reality in Santa Clarita is earthquakes. So what should you do during an earthquake?
1. Duck, cover and hold. Get under a table or other heavy furniture.
2. Expect aftershocks.
3. Keep a "Go Pack" ready with copies of important documents, family photos and a 30-day supply of medicines.
4. Be ready to take care of yourself and those in your household for a minimum of 72 hours.
5. Keep a flashlight and a portable radio with you at all times, tuned to your local radio station (KHTS AM-1220).
6. Knowledge is power. Learn more about earthquakes, what to do and where help will come from.


Mudslides and Landslides
If it has been raining and the area near your home looks like it is getting mushy and may slide at any time:
1. If it is safe to drive, leave the area.
2. Report the potential problem to the fire, police, or public works department.
3. Move to the second floor of your home.
4. If you choose to stay home, be alert to sounds that could indicate the land has given way:
trees cracking or boulders knocking together.

If you are caught in a landslide, and cannot get out of its path, curl yourself into a tight ball and protect your head.


Floods
Yes, even in the desert we have to be alert for flooding. The greatest danger here are the resulting mudslides. Protect your home with advice from LA County Public Works' "Homeowner's Guide for Flood, Debris, and Erosion Control."


Swiftwater
The seemingly dry riverbeds and channels can be alluring, even to adults. But they can quickly become deadly. It may be sunny where you are standing and raining in the mountains. Then, within SECONDS, you could be swept down river. Keep away from these areas and report any open fencing along these channels to the
County of Los Angeles Dept. of Public Works (DPW) at 800-675-HELP (4357).


PREPARING FOR PANDEMICS
The Los Angeles County Dept. of Health Services works with state and federal authorities to prepare to care for citizens in the event of a pandemic. But there are things you and your family can do to prepare. Review the Pandemic Flu Planning Checklist for Individuals and Families.

Preparedness for a pandemic is much the same as for other disasters. Be sure to add to your family's emergency kit non-prescription flu and cold remedies, pain relievers, vitamins, electrolytes and fluids. Your kit should maintain your family for two weeks, as you may be unable to enter public places.


TERRORISM
Los Angeles is the second largest city in the United States. The FBI warns that high-profile events are attractive opportunities for domestic and foreign terrorists. Does that mean you should stay home? Hardly. Learn more at ReadyLA
1. Prior to an attack, terrorists try to blend into the community. Be aware; report any suspicious activities to the
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department (661-255-1121).
2. Use the same precautions you would when preparing for any natural disaster. (See brochure for details.)


"BUT I DON'T HAVE TIME TO PREPARE!"
We're all busy running to work, getting the kids where they need to be, and implementing all of those "must do's" for our health. But folks, this is a biggie. It's the kind of preparation that will make the difference of whether your family will survive during a house fire or earthquake. (New Orleans is a case in point for preparation.)

So click on the link above and implement one of the suggestions you can do in just sixty minutes. And if you still don't think you have time, then tackle just one project when you actually are given a free hour--when daylight savings time ends.


Updated November 7, 2016
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County of Los Angeles SCV Chamber of Commerce California Travel and Tourism Commission
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