Emergency Preparedness



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  1. Local Emergency Numbers



    Some important numbers to know for Fountain Valley are:
    - Fire Department Hazardous Materials: 714-593-4430    
    - In Case of Emergency: 911
    - Police General Information: 714-593-4485
    - Police Report Nonemergency Incidents: 714-593-4485
    - American Red Cross: 800-733-2767

American Red Cross - Prepare SoCal

Prepare SoCal: Disaster Preparedness in Los Angeles and Southern California

  1. Get A Kit
  2. Make A Plan
  3. Be Informed

Get a Kit: 

At minimum, the American Red Cross recommends that you have the following items in your emergency preparedness kit:

  • Water: One gallon per person, per day. A three-day supply is recommended for evacuation. A two-week supply is recommended if you stay in your home. Also, don't forget to provide for your pets.
  • Non-perishable food: Easy to open and prepare food items are preferable. A three-day supply is recommended for evacuation. A two-week supply is recommended if you stay in your home. And, don't forget to provide for your pets.
  • First aid kit
  • Medications
  • For a complete checklist of supplies, please visit: http://www.readyoc.org or http://preparesocal.org/

Make a Plan: 

Families can and do cope with disaster by preparing in advance and working together as a team. Create a family disaster plan including an evacuation plan and a communication plan. Knowing what to do is your best protection and your responsibility.

  • Meet with your family and discuss the types of disasters that are most likely to happen. Explain the dangers of fire, severe weather, and earthquakes to children and explain what to do in each case. Plan to share responsibilities and work together as a team.
  • Pick two places to meet:
    1. Right outside your home, in case of a sudden emergency, such as a fire.
    2. Outside your neighborhood, in case you can't return home. Everyone must know the address and phone number.
  • Ask an out-of-state friend to be your "family contact." After a disaster, it's often easier to call long distance. Other family members should call this person and tell them where they are. Everyone must know your contact's phone number.
  • Families should develop different methods for communicating during emergency situations, and share their plans, beforehand, with all those who would be worried about their welfare.
  • Sample Plans can be found here at www.ReadyOC.org or http://preparesocal.org

Be Informed: 

Visit PrepareSoCal.org, a website created by the American Red Cross that has step-by-step guides on how to get ready for disasters, including earthquakes, fires, tsunamis, and mudslides, as well as links to disaster preparedness classes in your area to learn more.

  • Identify how local authorities will notify you during a disaster and how you will get information, whether through local radio, TV or NOAA Weather Radio stations or channels. Know the difference between different weather alerts, such as watches and warnings and what actions to take in each.
  • When a major disaster occurs, your community can change in an instant. Loved ones may be hurt and emergency response is likely to be delayed. Make sure that at least one member of your household is trained in first aid and CPR, and knows how to use an automated external defibrillator (AED). This training is useful in many emergency situations. 
  • Share what you have learned with your family, household and neighbors and encourage them to be informed.
  • Also, sign up for emergency alerts and notifications at www.AlertOC.com

Helpful Links

Earthquakes


Living in California, you are going to experience earthquakes. Before one happens there are steps around the home everyone should take to help minimize damage. If you have just moved to California or would like to know more information on earthquakes you can download a helpful earthquake handbook (PDF)

Also, make sure to check out the Seven Steps to Earthquake Safety provided by Earthquake Country Alliance
 
Other resources include: