You can cope with a disaster by being prepared before the disaster strikes. Create an emergency supply kit! Supplies can be stored in a plastic container or in a backpack. Check your kit at least once a year for expired items.
Suggested Supplies to Store:
- Food – at least for 3 days, preferably for 7-10 days. May include ready to eat canned food
- Water – at least for 3 days, preferably for 7-10 days. Amount is one gallon per person, per day
- First Aid Kit
- ABC type fire extinguisher
- Flashlight with extra batteries; and be very careful with candles and matches
- Portable radio with extra batteries or crank/solar powered
- Extra blankets, clothing, shoes
- Special items – medication, eyeglasses, etc.
- Tools, non-electric can opener
- Map of the area
- Sanitation supplies
- Important documents
- Don’t forget about storing items for your pets!
Create a Disaster Plan:
- Pick a meeting place for yourself, family, roommates, or friends in case you are separated during a disaster
- Choose an out-of-state contact as a “check-in contact”
- Discuss the types of disasters that could occur and how to be prepared
- Discuss what to do if advised to evacuate
- Practice what you have discussed
- Plan how the neighborhood could work together after a disaster
- Consider how you could help neighbors who have special needs, such as elderly or disabled persons
- Make plans for child care in case parents can’t get home
- Post emergency telephone numbers by every phone
After a major disaster, electricity, gas, water, and telephones may not be working. Transportation routes and businesses may be closed. City services will be impacted and will be handling serious incidents during the initial hours of the disaster. It also may take some time for public safety personnel to reach you. Residents and businesses should prepare to be self-sufficient for at least three days after an emergency.
For more information:
City of West Hollywood Public Safety Department: (323) 848-6414 TTY (323) 848-6496
West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station: (310) 855-8850
- FEMA: 1 (800) 480-2520 or www.fema.gov
- American Red Cross: (310) 445-9900 or www.redcross.org
- Southern California Edison's Emergency Preparation Tips