Survival of the Fittest

Disaster Preparedness Emergency Survival Guide

If a disaster struck, would you know what to do? Would you be prepared to protect yourself and your family, and to help others? Understanding how to prepare for, respond to, and recover from a natural disaster or emergency situation is an invaluable tool. Fortunately, we have a guide to help.

The Los Angeles County Fire Department distributes the County of Los Angeles Emergency Survival Guide to hundreds of schools, businesses, residents, and government offices. The Public Information Office has also accommodated requests to have department personnel explain how to use the guide to dozens of community audiences in Los Angeles County.

You can view the County of Los Angeles Emergency Survival Guide online by clicking here.

Preparing for Emergencies

Even as a civilian, you play an important role in emergency planning and preparedness. Whether you are given advance warning before an earthquake or other disaster, or it strikes without warning, you will need to know what to do to protect yourself and your loved ones. You will need to know what to do before emergency personnel can begin rendering aid. The decisions you make and actions you take could save lives.

The County of Los Angeles Emergency Survival Guide specifically addresses the disasters that may affect the Los Angeles County area. It is a starting point for those who wish to have the best opportunity of surviving and helping others.

When Disaster Strikes

Los Angeles County may face a wide range of emergency situations. These may include: earthquakes, floods, landslides, wild fires, and even tornadoes or tsunamis. We may also face manmade hazards, such as terrorism or civil unrest. These emergency situations can become disasters if we do not have the resources or personnel to protect the members of our communities.

Take a proactive approach by reviewing the Emergency Survival Guide and then take the next step and undergo Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training, and you can be an important part of the effort to prepare for and provide relief after a disaster or emergency situation.