Emergency Preparedness and
Los Angeles County
Department of Public Health
600 S. Commonwealth Ave., Suite 700
Los Angeles, CA 90005
(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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The LA County Department of Public Health protects the public's health during
natural or intentional emergencies, such as terrorism attacks caused by the release
of biological, chemical, or radiological agents.
However, you also need to do your part to protect
yourself and your family during an emergency.
An emergency can strike our community, our home, and our
family unexpectedly, without warning. Do you know what to
do? Does your family know how to contact you? Do you have
a plan to connect and meet up with your loved ones?
Fortunately, Los Angeles residents have an opportunity to
join in an effort to use our powerful resource of community
before an emergency - helping ourselves, our families, our
neighbors, and our community prepare, and making Los Angeles
You will find information on how
to build an emergency kit and develop a family emergency
plan, including how to contact family members and how to meet up after an emergency. You can download a list of the ten
essential items to include in an emergency kit. You can also see public
service announcements, download emergency
preparedness brochures, and view other emergency
links. Participate by being prepared yourself and by being
an advocate for family emergency preparedness.
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.
Southern California has about 10,000 earthquakes each year, though most are so small that they are never felt. (readyla.org)
Smoke alarms should be tested every month, and batteries replaced at least once a year. (redcross.org)
During hot weather, people should drink more liquid than their thirst indicates, up to four 16-ounce glasses per hour if exercising in the heat. (readyla.org)
Cooking is the major cause of home fires in the U.S. (readyla.org)
Space heaters are a common cause of fires during winter and should be kept at least three feet from drapes and furniture. (readyla.org)
The most common home chemical emergencies involve small children eating medicines. Experts say that taking hazardous materials out of sight could eliminate up to 75% of all poisoning of small children. (redcross.org)
There is no such thing as “earthquake weather.” Earthquakes can occur in any type of weather. (readyla.org)
The most common illnesses treated in the U.S. include colds and coughs, flu, sore throat, bladder infection, and more seriously, cancer, heart disease, and stroke. (readyla.org)
Each year, fire kills more Americans than all other natural disasters combined. (readyla.org)
During an earthquake, get under a sturdy piece of furniture and hold on. This will provide some protection from falling objects that can injure you. Doorways are no stronger than any part of the structure. (redcross.org)
65% of home fire deaths occur in homes with no working smoke alarms. (redcross.org)
The San Andreas Fault is not a single, continuous fault, but rather a fault zone consisting of many different segments. Its fault system is more than 800 miles long. (readyla.org)
City dwellers may be at greater risk than those in rural areas during heat waves because asphalt and concrete store heat longer and gradually release it at night. (readyla.org)
Los Angeles County utilizes a Terrorism Early Warning group to constantly assess terrorist attacks and keep authorities and the public updated. (readyla.org)