Emergency Preparedness and Response


Emergency Preparedness and
Response Division
Los Angeles County
Department of Public Health
600 S. Commonwealth Ave., Suite 700
Los Angeles, CA 90005
(213) 637-3600
(213) 381-0006 FAX

Public Callers who would like to reach the Emergency Preparedness and Response Division or a report a public health issue may also call 2-1-1 anytime.


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Supplies for your Household Emergency Kit

Download printable the Household Emergency Kit HERE

Include enough supplies for at least 3 days



  • Store one gallon of water per person (or pet) per day
  • Store water in clean plastic containers
  • Avoid using containers that may break, such as glass bottles


  • Choose canned or packaged foods that don’t require refrigeration or cooking

    Examples include:
  • Ready-to-eat canned meats, beans, tuna fish, fruits and vegetables
  • Canned juices, milk and soup
  • High energy foods, such as peanut butter, granola bars and trail mix
Remember to include:
  • Foods that you and your family like
  • Special food for infants or persons with dietary restrictions
  • Pet food
first aid kit

First Aid Kit

  • Buy or put together a first aid kit for your home and one for each car containing:
  • Sterile gauze and adhesive bandages in assorted sizes
  • Hypoallergenic adhesive tape
  • Tweezers
  • Scissors
  • Antibacterial cream
  • Protective Gloves
  • Cleansing agent/soap
  • Sunscreen


  • Prescription medications you and your family use daily (Have at least a 7 day supply of each one)
  • Non-prescription medications you and your family use regularly
tools and supplies

Tools and Supplies

  • Solar, manual or battery operated radio and extra batteries
  • Flashlights and extra batteries
  • Manual can openernsils, cups and plates
  • Whistle
  • Work Gloves
  • Tools to turn off gas and water
  • Personal hygiene items, such as toilet paper, toothbrushes, toothpaste and soap
  • Extra clothing and sturdy shoes


  • Store important records and documents in a waterproof, portable container

    Examples include:
  • Personal identification, financial, health and insurance information and other important documents
  • Inventory of valuable household items
  • Family records
  • Cash in small bills

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know your neighbors plan together be ready

For more information about community preparedness and for some tips on how to get to know your neighbors, go to prepare2respond.org, or www.ready.gov.
Vision and Mission
Our Vision: Los Angeles County residents are protected from the public health consequences of both natural and intentional emergencies.

Our Mission: To prevent and mitigate the public health consequences of natural or intentional emergencies for Los Angeles County residents through threat assessment, planning, improved operational readiness, and timely response.
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