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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If you are a person with a disability, a personal support network can help you prepare for a disaster by helping you

  • Identify and get the resources you need to cope effectively with a disaster.
  • Practice vital activities like evacuating your home or workplace.
  • Assist you after a disaster happens.

General guidelines for creating a personal support network:

  • You should put together your network before you assess what your needs will be during and after a disaster.
  • Organize a network for your home, school, workplace, volunteer site, and any other place where you spend a lot of time. Do not depend on only one person. Include a minimum of 3 people in your network for each location where you regularly spend a lot of time during the week.
  • Think about what your needs would be during a disaster and discuss these with each of your networks. Complete a written assessment of your needs with our network to help your network members learn the best ways to assist you and offer additional ideas for you to think about.
  • Give your network members copies of your emergency information list, medical information list, disability-related supplies and special equipment list, evacuation plan and relevant documents, and personal disaster plan when you complete them.
  • Arrange with your network to check on you immediately if local officials give an evacuation order or if a disaster occurs. Ask your network to notify you of an emergency you may not know about. For example, if a siren or loudspeaker system notifies a neighborhood of a disaster and you are deaf or have hearing loss, be sure that your network knows to give you this information.
  • Arrange on how you and your network will contact each other during an emergency. Do not count on telephones working. Also, choose a signal for help that you both understand. Signals can be shouting, knocking on the wall, or using a whistle, bell, or high-pitched noisemaker. Visual signals could include hanging a sheet outside your window.
  • Give the members of your network all the necessary keys they may need to get into your home, car, etc.
  • Show your network how to operate and safely move the equipment you use for your disability.
  • Make sure your service animal knows the people in your network. This will make it easier for the animal to accept care from someone other than yourself.
  • Explain to your network any assistance for personal care that you may need. Give them written instructions on how best to assist you and your animals.
  • Label your equipment and attach laminated instruction cards on how to use and move each item.
  • Inform your network about any areas on your body where you have reduced feeling so they can check these areas for injuries after a disaster if you cannot check them yourself.
  • Practice your plan.
  • Choose an emergency meeting place for each area where you spend a lot of time that you are familiar with where you and others can reunite after exiting a building.
  • Select with your network a signal that you can use to let them know you are okay and have left their site.
  • Give your network your travel dates if you will be traveling.
  • Review and revise with your network your disaster plan regularly, or as your condition changes.


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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