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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Seven important steps to take immediately after an emergency occurs.

Emergencies create confusion and stress. That’s why it’s important to have a plan and practice it before an emergency happens. The following steps will help you and your household members respond quickly.

  • 1. Check on members of your household, family, and neighbors
  • 2. If there is glass and fallen debris, protect your head, hands and feet
  • 3. If necessary, shut off gas and water lines
  • 4. Check electrical circuit breakers
  • 5. Place a paper on your front door that says “Help” to let your neighbors know if you need help
  • 6. If necessary go to your family/neighborhood evacuation site
  • 7. Stay informed


Download this printable Seven Emergency Steps Checklist HERE

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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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