Emergency Preparedness


Practice and Stay Prepared!

We never think a disaster will strike our neighborhood until it does. Make a plan and have your resources at the ready before a catastrophe occurs! With over four million people in the City of Los Angeles, rescuers may not be able to provide immediate support to every neighborhood in need. Neighbors should be prepared to help themselves for several days to weeks depending on the size of the disaster.

Take the first steps to getting your home and neighborhood in a better position to bounce back from disaster. Easy ways to stay prepared:


  • Practice evacuation of your home and neighborhood
    • Know the location of your gas & water shut-off valves
  • Check and update neighborhood maps

Twice a Year

Volunteering can help you connect with others in your community and take an active role in being prepared. You may meet many people who have great ideas and plans to share. Volunteer Opportunities with Los Angeles County include the Medical Reserve Corps (MRC), Public Health Emergency Volunteer (PHEV) Network, and Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program.

MRC Los Angeles is made up of medical, health, dental, mental health and other skilled professionals trained to assist during public health emergencies.

PHEV Network works with established community volunteer units that assist in responding to public health emergencies. The Network has created a system to attract, train and activate these

CERT Program educates people about disaster preparedness and trains them in basic disaster response skills.

Local harbor area COPE website – Community Outreach Promoting Emergency Preparedness (COPE Preparedness) is a nonprofit volunteer emergency preparedness organization.

San Pedro Directory of local service numbers

Los Angeles Emergency Management Department
200 North Spring Street, Room 1533, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Phone: 213-484-4800
E-mail: emd.emdweb@lacity.org
Website – Los Angeles Emergency contact numbers and sandbag locations

Emergency Door Hanger (PDF)

Printable Emergency Kit Checklist (PDF)

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