A major disaster can occur at any time without warning. Whether it is an earthquake, a wildfire, a major hazard spill or any other Disaster. Although measures are taken to minimize the potential impact of these disasters, they are not preventable. Therefore, preparedness is vital for any community. Preparedness at first glance reduces the potential casualties due to the disaster. Beyond the public safety aspect, preparedness allows for faster recovery and resume of normal life.
There are many efforts taken by Federal, State and Local governments to ensure emergency preparedness. The City of La Canada Flintridge, as your local government continually makes emergency preparedness a high priority for the community. From ensuring a fully functioning emergency operation center to working with first responders, the City ensures it is ready to respond to the next disaster.
Just as local agencies must prepare, emergency preparedness includes the public’s preparedness as an individual. During a major disaster, the likelihood of emergency responders not being able to get to you due to scarce resources or lack of access is high. Therefore, it is vital for you to be prepared just as your community is.
Preparation as a Community
Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)
The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) is a national model for other communities designed to increase trained and organized safety volunteers in the community who can bring aid during disasters before the emergency response teams ca actually arrive to the affected area.
Mapping My Neighborhood
In the event of an emergency, it is important to know where shelters, resources, and safety are when you have to evacuate. Here is an online map of La Canada Flintridge. But in the event of a disaster if there is no electricity or cell service, it is very useful to have a pre-downloaded or printed map that can be accessed in all cases.
Red Cross Volunteer Programs
You can visit the American Red Cross Website to sign up for classes to get training to save lives in the event of an emergency. In addition, here lists several volunteer program opportunities for the American Red Cross Organization.
Rubicon Volunteer Team
Team Rubicon has a volunteer team specialized in disaster response. Its mission is to serve communities by mobilizing veterans to continue their service, leveraging their skills and experience to help people prepare, respond, and recover from disasters and humanitarian crises. For more information, click here.
To get involved and better help your own family and community in the case of an emergency, please visit www.ready.gov/get-involved for additional information.