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Just Be Ready: Pack Your Emergency Kit
By Sentinel News Service
Published September 3, 2009

Just Be Ready: Pack Your Emergency Kit

Tips for Emergency and Evacuation Planning

The fires burning in Southern California remind all residents that they should be prepared in case an emergency requires they leave their homes. The Los Angeles County Health Officer, Dr. Jonathan E. Fielding, would like all residents to include 10 Essential Items in an emergency kit.

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 (for gas shut-off, etc)

These essential items will help ensure that people have access to basic essentials, such a medication or specific foods, 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 fire, earthquake, or other disaster readiness, call 1-866-999-5228 or visit the Just Be Ready: Prepare Together webpage at www.publichealth.lacounty.gov. 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 http://www.publichealth.lacounty.gov or visit our YouTube channel at

http://www.youtube.com/lapublichealth.

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