After a 5.9 earthquake hit the East Coast on Tuesday, Los Angeles County public safety officials are encouraging residents to get prepared for the next earthquake on this side of the country.
County officials recommend that residents review their earthquake survival procedures and make use of several county resources available to all.
L.A. County implemented an emergency mass notification system last year that contacts residents and businesses through recorded phone messages, text messages, and e-mails during emergencies. For more information or to register for Alert LA County, visit portal.lacounty.gov/wps/portal/alertla.
The Los Angeles County Office of Emergency Management offers a voluntary disaster registry called Specific Needs Awareness Planning for residents who have conditions that would impede them during a disaster. For more information or to register, visit snap.lacounty.gov.
The county also offers an Emergency Survival Guide with tips on what to do during a disaster. The 100-page guide can be located at lacounty.gov/wps/portal/lac.
The Los Angeles County Emergency Survival Program (ESP) website, www.espfocus.com, provides easy-to-print emergency information sheets on topics such as preparing an emergency kit.
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health Emergency Preparedness Hotline’s multi-lingual operators are available Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call (866) 999-LABT (5228) for more information.
The Los Angeles County Disaster Hotline, (800) 980-4990, has recorded information on disaster and emergency preparedness in English and Spanish available 24 hours a day.