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L.A. County Emergency Survival Guide Is Now Available Online In Spanish

In coordination with the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, the Office of Emergency Management has published 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 County’s Emergency Survival Guide is now available on-line in both English and Spanish.

The Emergency Survival Guide contains 100 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 features checklists for gathering emergency supplies that will help individuals, families, pet owners, businesses and communities survive and recover after a major disaster. Additional information on preparing for disasters is also available on-line at www.espfocus.org.

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.

Earthquake Preparedness

As you probably know by now, a magnitude 4.4 earthquake occurred this morning at 4:04 a.m. about one (1) mile ENE of the City of Pico Rivera. This was a reminder that we should prepare ourselves for this or any other type of disaster. The Office of Emergency Management (OEM) stated that there was a lot of misinformation in the news this morning on the correct way to protect oneself when an earthquake occurs. This is why OEM has provided a few documents that should be helpful in creating your plans and organizing your emergency kits at home, work or at school and ensuring as a community that we are prepared.

Emergency Survival Program Focus on Earthquakes

Earthquake Fact or Fiction

Emergency Survival Program Family Steps to Survival

Emergency Survival Guide Available Now

Emergency Survival Guide

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.

Download the Emergency Survival Guide (PDF)

California Task Force 2 Mobilizes To Aid Chilean Earthquake Victims

California Task Force 2 (CA-TF2), Los Angeles County Fire’s world-class Heavy Rescue Task Force, has been mobilized for deployment to Chile to help rescue and recover earthquake victims in Latin America, following a 8.8 magnitude earthquake off the coast of Maule, Chili.

Commanders of the 74-member team received the request from the U.S. Agency for International Development Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID-OFDA), and are currently staging at the Department’s USAR Facility in Pacoima. The team includes two additional rescue team managers, three physicians, three structural specialists, and six rescue canines. In addition, eight USAID members will accompany the team to Chile.

California Task Force 2 (CA-TF2) is a specially-trained and equipped Urban Search and Rescue Task Force consisting of Los Angeles County Fire Department firefighters and paramedics rescue specialists, emergency room physicians, structural engineers, heavy equipment specialists, canine search dogs and handlers, hazardous materials technicians, communications specialists, and logistics specialists. This unique technical rescue team responds with 55,000 pounds of prepackaged search and rescue tools and medical equipment to conduct around-the-clock search and rescue operations at domestic and international disasters, both natural and man-made.

The Los Angeles County Fire Department is one of the largest emergency service agencies in the world, providing fire protection and life safety services to more than 3.8 million residents and commercial business customers in the County’s 2,305-square-mile area, and around the globe when needed. For more information, visit the Department’s website at www.fire.lacounty.gov.

To directly help the Chilean earthquake victims please visit the American Red Cross.

VIDEO: Los Angeles County Sheriff and Fire Department Heroes Honored

Presentation of scrolls to the following LA County Sheriff and Fire Departments’ personnel for their extraordinary acts of heroism in the early morning hours of December 13, 2009, when they rescued a woman and her son from a burning home in East Rancho Dominguez, as arranged by Supervisor Ridley-Thomas.

Compton Sheriff’s Station: Sergeant Ulysses Cruz, and Deputies Miguel Balderrama, Irma Rayas, DeJay Barber, Michael Kurinuj, Paul Carmona, and Dru Strong.

County Fire Station 31: Captain Scott Edwards, Fire Fighter Specialist Jeff Audet, Fire Fighter Derek Moree, and Fire Fighter Paramedics Scott Crosby, Jeffrey Brinkman, and Jeffrey Skogen.