I’m always on the lookout for good emergency preparedness information my readers can use to help protect themselves, their families, and their communities during a disaster.
This morning I stumbled upon a colorful, easy-to-follow, 100 page `survival guide’ just released by Los Angeles County, that covers everything from earthquake and tsunami preparedness, to getting ready for a pandemic.
The guide may be downloaded here (6.5 Mbyte PDF).
While designed specifically for the nearly 10 million residents of Los Angeles County, this guide would be a valuable asset for anyone interested in preparing for a variety of hazards.
And it just might serve as inspiration, perhaps, for other municipalities to produce their own location-specific guide.
In any event, a couple of screenshots, followed by the official press release.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Ken Kondo
(213) 792-5128 – Cellular
LOS ANGELES (Thu., March 4, 2010) – In less than a year, Los Angeles County residents have faced earthquakes, floods, wild fires, debris and mud flows, mudslides, winter storms, pandemic flu, and the effects of a tsunami.
In coordination with the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, the Office of Emergency Management has prepared a comprehensive guide to emergency preparedness intended to help the residents of Los Angeles County better prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters.
The Emergency Survival Guide has 100 color pages of helpful tips and information for residents to prepare for fires, floods, earthquakes, pandemic flu, terrorism, extreme weather, and tsunamis. There is space to record household emergency plans including out-of-state contacts, family evacuation gathering points, and the location of utility shut-offs. The Emergency Survival Guide also includes checklists for gathering emergency supplies that will help individuals, families, pet owners, businesses and communities survive and recover after a major disaster.
Residents and business owners, including persons with access and functional needs may also call 211 LA County for emergency preparedness information and other referral services. The toll-free 2-1-1 number is available 24 hours a day and seven days a week.
211 LA County services can also be accessed by visiting http://211la.org.