Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane, Irma, Hurricane Maria, Mexico Earthquakes, and wildfires abound….Now is the time to get prepared! September was National Preparedness Month, but as September fades away, El Segundo is just getting ramped up for disaster preparedness. Below are some upcoming activities we hope that the citizens of El Segundo will take advantage of:
Oct. 18-21 – El Segundo Fall Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Academy
Learn how to work with your neighbors and help one another during a disaster. Come to the CERT Academy for training in Incident Command, Search and Rescue, Fire Extinguishers, and much more! For more information, contact us at GetPrepared@ElSegundo.org.
Oct. 19 – The Great Shakeout!
We hope you will join the city of El Segundo in the annual earthquake drill called The Great Shakeout. It will occur on Oct. 19 and 10:19 am. The Great Shakeout is a great way to remind your family, friends, pets, and co-workers about what to do during an earthquake. We hope you will take the time to visit www.shakeout.org to register and tell us you and/or your business is participating. Then, on Oct. 19th, at 10:19 am, get ready to rumble as people across California DROP, COVER, and HOLD-ON!
Oct. 26 – Emergency Preparedness Fair
Come join us downtown at the weekly Farmer’s Market from 3:00 – 7:00 pm and see all that public safety has to offer with representatives from El Segundo Emergency Management, Police, and Fire Departments, L.A. County Health Department, and much more.
Hazard Central: Earthquake
Earthquakes are sudden, violent shaking of the earth’s crust. They are caused when the earth’s tectonic plates move, rub, collide or break apart. Earthquakes aren’t predictable, so the best practice is to always be prepared.
Before an Earthquake:
- Put larger objects on lower shelves and lighter ones on the top.
- Learn how to turn off water, gas, and electricity to the home.
- If possible, have walls, chimneys, shelves, and hanging items more securely reinforced.
- Bolt the water heater to studs in the walls.
During an Earthquake:
- Get under a large, sturdy piece of furniture and hang onto it because you both can move during an earthquake. Cover your head with your arms. Be ready for aftershocks.
- If you are outside, stay away from power lines, tall buildings, or anything that could possibly fall on you.
- If you are in a car, drive slowly to a clear location. Make sure nothing is around that could possibly fall on you, and remain in the car.
After an Earthquake:
- Check for injuries and care for seriously injured.
- Monitor radio or TV for further instructions.
- If you hear a hissing or a gas leak noise, turn off the main gas. Leave house immediately.
- Put out small fires if there are any.
- Check home for damage.
- Do NOT re-enter house if it has structural damage.