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Getting prepared for a disaster is easier than you think.

Make a plan.

Consult this map from the Red Cross to find out what type of disasters are most likely to occur in your area. Learn more and make a plan specific to your home and community.

Buy or make a disaster kit.

Find out what needs to be in your kit here.

Practice with your family.

Talk as a family about what to do during a disaster and where to go. Make sure you have what you need in your kit, and don’t forget to include pets and their needs.

Disaster and Emergency Preparedness

Learn more about what to do before, during, and immediately following an emergency.

Other Preparedness Resources

Publications and websites from other organizations committed to disaster and emergency preparedness.

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LA Fire Department Emergency Preparedness Guide

Los Angeles is susceptible to a variety of emergencies, both natural and man-made. Not only should we all be prepared and ready for these emergencies, but we should also know what to do before, during, and after an incident occurs.

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Planning for Business Operations After Earthquakes

If you’re operating a business in California, take steps to improve the chances that your business operations and systems will still run after an earthquake or other natural disaster by planning for continuity, resiliency and recovery.

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A national public service campaign designed to educate and empower the American people to prepare for, respond to, and mitigate emergencies, including natural and man-made disasters. The goal of the campaign is to promote preparedness through public involvement.

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How to Prepare for Emergencies

Becoming “Red Cross Ready” for an emergency means following simple steps in advance to ensure you and your family can weather a crisis safely and comfortably. Being prepared may not prevent a disaster, but it will give you the confidence to meet the challenge.

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