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Emergency Preparedness

Emergencies can happen at a moment’s notice. Are you prepared? In California, we all need to prepare for the following emergencies:

  • Earthquakes
  • Blackouts/Power outages
  • Fires
  • Heat waves
  • Winter storms
  • Floods

Everyone should have a plan and a tool kit prepared for their home, work, and vehicle.

Basic items that should be in your “Grab and Go” bag include:

  • Copies of important documents (driver license, medical card, insurance documents, etc.)
  • Medications that are regularly taken (make a copy of the prescription before you fill it)
  • Name and phone number of someone out of state (a family check-in point)
  • Cash (small bills)
  • First aid kit
  • Personal protective equipment (gloves, masks, etc.)
  • Personal items (sunglasses, hats, phone chargers, etc.)
  • Portable radio
  • Flashlight
  • Batteries
  • Water
  • Snacks

For a detailed list of needed supplies and information on how to be prepared, visit the following resources:

FEMA https://www.fema.gov/disaster/4339/emergency-preparedness
National Fire Prevention Association https://www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/Staying-safe/Preparedness/Emergency-Preparedness
National Safety Council https://www.nsc.org/home-safety/safety-topics/emergency-preparedness
Orange County Fire Authority https://www.ocfa.org/
Ready OC http://www.readyoc.org/
Red Cross https://www.redcross.org/get-help
The Great California Shake Out https://www.shakeout.org/california/
U.S. Department of Homeland Security https://www.dhs.gov/see-something-say-something
U.S. Department of Labor https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/emergencypreparedness/
Center for Disease Control and Prevention https://emergency.cdc.gov/