Personal preparedness is a big part of neighborhood preparedness. What you do today to get ready for emergencies and disasters could make all the difference when they strike.
Start an emergency kit
Many of the things you should include in your emergency kit are already in your home! Look around and assemble some key supplies:
- Water: 1 gallon per person or pet per day (plan for 3-7 days)
- Food: 3-7 day supply of non-perishable foods like granola bars, crackers, peanut butter, and canned food (don't forget a manual can opener!), pet food, and baby formula
- Battery-operated or hand-crank radio
- Flashlight and batteries
- Whistle to signal for help
- Duct tape and plastic sheeting
- Hygiene supplies, toilet paper, wet wipes, garbage bags
- Tools: Shut-off wrench for gas lines, hammer, pliers, shovel, axe, hard hat, working gloves
- Local maps
- Blankets and sleeping bags
- Extra clothes and good shoes
- Medications and spare or old eyeglasses
Start your family emergency communication plan
Disasters rarely happen at an ideal time. Your family might not be at home or together when disaster strikes, so it's important to have a plan for how to communicate if you are separated during a disaster.
Sit down with your family today to talk about how you will connect and communicate during a disaster. The County of Los Angeles Office of Emergency Services has easy to use resources to ensure you all are prepared: https://ready.lacounty.gov/have-a-plan/
Start receiving emergency alerts
NotifyLA is the City of Los Angeles emergency notification system, and it's our best way to communicate with you during emergencies and disasters. It's free and easy to sign up! Text READY to 888-777 or go to http://www.emergency.lacity.org/notifyla.