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Northridge Earthquake
Northridge Earthquake, 1994
Apartment Collapse
To read more about this earthquake,
go to the Wikipedia Page

What if something horrible happened, such as a mega-richter earthquake and emergency services couldn't get to you, your family or your neighborhood. That is very likely in the scenario that is being talked about by FEMA, our LAPD and LAFD. The more you are prepared for such a catastrophe, the better you and your loved ones will be able to survive. You read tons of email and websites each day, please, pay attention to this one page. It could help save your and your families' lives!

You need emergency supplies for your home, for each person and pets for AT LEAST 3 days, though the LAFD recommends 2 weeks! Also, if you are at the office, you should have emergency supplies there, comfortable shoes and clothing, as well as in every car you use. That includes water, one gallon per person & pet per day. Are you prepared?

Read our summary of the 2014 Van Nuys Disaster Preparedness Summit! It has great downloadable information.

Download-Emergency Information in PDF form. Print and put this with your emergency kits! If we lose power you won't be able to access the websites with instructions. Emergency Preparedness Booklet by the LAFD-this covers the most basic items for emergency preparedness for earthquakes, fires, etc. Please download it, read it and share it with your family.

Earthquake Safety Tips:

Duck, Cover and Hold! No matter where you are, take COVER under a sturdy desk, table or other furniture. Avoid danger spots near windows, hanging objects, mirror or tall furniture. HOLD on to that furniture and be prepared to move with it. Conduct earthquake drills every six months with your family.

Keep Your Hallway Clear-It is one of the safest places too be during an earthquake.

Learn How to Shut Off Utilities-Locate and learn how to shut off valves for water, gas and electricity. Get a gas shut off tool sold at Lowe's and Home Depot.

Prepare to be Self Sufficient for an Extended Time-It is very likely that in a major disaster, emergency personnel will be inundated. This means emergency aid may not be available to you for at least 72 hours or longer. Keep a supply of extra water, food, medications, clothing, pet essentials, and anything a handicap family member would require.

Keep an Earthquake Safety Kit on Hand-Put together an earthquake supply kit with essentials like blankets, first aid kit, fire extinguisher, extra cash and change, portable radio and other supplies for cooking, sanitation and comfort. Don't forget food and supplies for your pets!!!!! Here is a list where you can find supplies.

For Emergency Supplies and Resources: North Valley LA Emergency Resources

From other sources:
Earthquake Safety Guide
Downloadable Earthquake Safety Tips as a PDF.

Information from the Los Angeles Fire Department website

Information & Publications from USA.gov website (Official Web Portal of the US Federal Government):
Emergency Planning and Disaster Supplies
Emergency Planning
Disaster Supply Kits
Shelter- in place sheltering (& long term) and mass care shelters
National Security Emergencies
Chemical and Biological Weapons
Nuclear and Radiological Attack
Homeland Security Advisory System

Emergency preparedness guidance from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security lists and explains specific threats and response. How to prepare, glossary, feedback form, and links to related government and private organizations.

U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Citizen Corps

Disaster Help

Sponsored by the Disaster Management e-Government Initiative, providing information and services relating to the four pillars of all-hazards disaster management: preparedness, response, recovery, and migration.

Federal Emergency Management Agency

American Red Cross

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response

Useful Telephone Numbers

1-800-FED-INFO (1-800-333-4636)
Call the Federal Citizen Information Center for answers you can trust about federal agencies, programs, benefits or services.

1-800-BE-READY (1-800-237-3239)
Citizens can call 1-800-BE-READY to order a readiness pamphlet and to get more information about ways to protect themselves and their families.

1-866-GET-INFO (1-866-438-4636)
American Red Cross hotline for information on personal and family disaster preparedness, international humanitarian assistance, services to the military, and answers to questions about all Red Cross services.

Vendors-Emergency Kits and Supplies-Listed on our Emergency Resources page.