Dear friend of the LAFD,
As you know, this September will mark the ten year anniversary of 9/11 and the Los Angeles Fire Department asks you to take time to remember those lost as well as time to make sure you are prepared for future emergencies. September is National Preparedness Month (NPM), which was founded after 9/11 to increase preparedness in the U.S. It is a time to prepare yourself and those in your care for an unexpected emergency.
Please plan in the event you must go for three days without electricity, water service, access to a supermarket, or local services for several days. The Los Angeles Fire Department along with our friends at FEMA and Ready.gov suggest you follow these three simple steps:
1. Get a Kit: Keep enough emergency supplies on hand for you and those in your care – water, non-perishable food, first aid, prescriptions, flashlight, battery-powered radio.
2. Make a Plan: Discuss, agree on, and document an emergency plan with those in your care. Work together with neighbors, colleagues and others to build community resilience.
3. Be Informed: Free information is available to assist you from federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial resources. You can find preparedness information by:
- Accessing Ready.gov to learn what to do before, during, and after an emergency.
- Contacting your local emergency management agency to get essential information on specific hazards to your area, local plans for shelter and evacuation, ways to get information before and during an emergency, and sign up for emergency alerts.
- Contacting your neighborhood Fire Station and asking for a tour and information about preparedness.
Some have asked, "Why do I need to prepare?".
Fire, police, and rescue personnel may not always be able to reach you quickly. They may become overwhelmed by demand from multiple emergencies, or trees and power lines are down blocking access. The most important step you can take in helping us, is being able to take care of yourself and those in your care; the more people who are prepared, the quicker the community will recover.
*Firefighters don't forget to plan ahead for YOUR loved ones as Ready Responders*
Submitted by Erik Scott, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department
200 N. Main Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Emergency Public Information (EPI) Center
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