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Be Ready for an Earthquake
By Sentinel News Service
Published August 7, 2008

Just Be Ready: Prepare Together Emergency Preparedness Campaign Outlines 10 Essential Items for Your Earthquake Kit

A recent study by a group of earthquake experts states that there is a 67 percent chance that a magnitude 6.7 or larger earthquake will strike the greater Los Angeles area sometime in the next 30 years. The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health would like to encourage people to evaluate their disaster readiness.

“Residents of Los Angeles County have always known the question is not if an earthquake will strike, but when,” said Jonathan E. Fielding, MD, MPH, Director of Public Health and Health Officer. “This study reminds us of the importance of being prepared for an earthquake or other type of natural disaster. Having a family communication plan and an emergency kit can provide the necessary resources to help you and your family get through a difficult situation.”

The 10 Essential Items, as recommended by the Emergency Survival Program in LA County’s Office of Emergency Management, include:

1. Water

2. Food

3. Cash and Important Documents

4. Clothes

5. Flashlight

6. First Aid Kit

7. Medicine

8. Radio

9. Toiletries

10. Tools

These essential items will help ensure that people have access to basic essentials when other resources may not be available during an emergency. It is also vital that families put together a Communications Plan, in case they are separated or at work or school when a disaster strikes. This plan should include information on how to contact each other and designate a safe place to meet.

For more information on earthquake and disaster readiness, call 1-866-999- 5228 or visit the Just Be Ready: Prepare Together webpage at Bilingual Public Health staff is available Monday – Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The Department of Public Health is committed to protecting and improving the health of the nearly 10 million residents of Los Angeles County. Through a variety of programs, community partnerships and services, Public Health oversees environmental health, disease control, and community and family health. Public Health comprises more than 4,000 employees and an annual budget exceeding $750 million. To learn more about Public Health and the work we do, please visit


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