Emergency Management (NEW)
Emergency Management Coordinator Hired June 19, 2017
It is my honor to have been selected to serve the community of El Segundo and lead the charge to get our residents prepared for the inevitable and the unthinkable. While I believe that El Segundo is quite possibly the safest community that I have worked for, there is no community that is hazard free, and we must prepare ourselves for the hazards we face. I am also excited about the leadership provided by the Mayor and City Council in this area. By choosing to have a dedicated emergency management coordinator, they have clearly identified emergency preparedness as a priority and set El Segundo apart from other communities. I applaud their leadership and appreciate the support they have already given me.
COMMUNITY EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM (CERT)
Although I have just begun, there are already many activities that are occurring. First, I would like to encourage each of you to participate in our Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program. This program provides training, and sometimes equipment, for individuals to respond as a community when disaster strikes. We have a goal of 10% of the population to be involved in the program. If you are interested, please contact us at GetPrepared@ElSegundo.org. We have a CERT refresher training scheduled for September 23, 2017 and a fall academy scheduled for October 18, 19, 20, and 21, 2017. We hope to see many new faces there!
SEPTEMBER – NATIONAL PREPAREDNESS MONTH
September is National Preparedness Month! As we wind down the summer, get ramped up to prepare yourself. Use this month of awareness to build an emergency kit; make a family emergency plan; educate yourself to the hazards of El Segundo; and/or get involved with CERT! Visit www.READY.Gov to learn more about preparedness.
On October 19, 2017, the Great Shake-Out will occur. This is an earthquake drill. I would encourage everyone to participate and even have a little fun with it at your home or business. Use it as an opportunity to educate your children, friends, colleagues, and/or classmates. Just be ready to “duck and cover” on October 19th, at 10:19am. Find out more at https://www.shakeout.org/california/index.html.
EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS FAIR
Also stay tuned for an announcement of an emergency preparedness fair. Come see all that El Segundo has to offer from our emergency response partners! It will be on the plaza at City Hall.
If you have any questions about emergency preparedness, please do not hesitate to call us at 310-524-2366 or send us an email at GetPrepared@ElSegundo.org.
Hazard Awareness: Extreme Heat
When temperatures reach 90 degrees Fahrenheit or higher, overexposure to the heat can be hazardous. Dry conditions, frequently experienced in California, can add to the danger of dehydration and the wildfire threat. Pay attention to summer temperature predictions and take all heat advisories seriously.
What to do During Extreme Heat
- Drink plenty of water.
- Avoid prolonged exposure to high temperatures.
- Slow down from your normal pace.
- Spend time in air conditioning, even for brief periods.
- Draw shades, blinds, and curtains in rooms exposed to direct sunlight.
- Cool down with cool baths or showers.
- Avoid alcoholic, caffeinated and carbonated beverages.
- Wear proper SPF sunscreen for your skin type.
- Wear loose-fitting, light colored clothing.
- Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from harmful UV rays.
- Do NOT leave animals, children, or the elderly inside a vehicle – even if you are just leaving the vehicle for a minute and have the windows rolled down – this is very dangerous!
- Try NOT leaving animals outside, but if you do provide adequate shade and lots of water.
Heat cramp is the first sign your body is not dealing with the heat well.
- Muscle cramps
- Body temperature begins to rise.
- Flushed looking appearance.
What to do:
- Move to shade or a cool place to rest.
- Put cold rags on wrists, neck, and face.
- Stretch if you have a cramp.
- Drink water, and if possible a sports drink (NO carbonated drinks).
Heat exhaustion typically occurs when an individual is exercising or works in a hot, humid location and the body is unable to replace the fluids lost through heavy sweating.
- Profuse sweating
- Cool, clammy or flushed skin
- Dizzy or nauseous
- Fatigue or weakness
What to do:
- Move to a cool place to rest.
- Sip water slowly.
- Put cool rags on wrists, neck, face, armpits, and groin.
- If the victim’s condition does not improve rapidly, take them to the emergency room or call 911.
Heat stroke is a life-threatening condition that occurs when the victim’s internal temperature control system fails. Body temperature can rise so high that brain damage and death may result if the body is not cooled quickly.
- Skin will likely be hot, red and dry because the victim has stopped sweating.
What to do:
- If you believe someone is experiencing these symptoms, call 911 immediately.
- Immerse the victim in a cool bath or use wet sheets, ice bags, fans or air conditioners to reduce body temperature.
- Place bags of ice next to the victim’s major arteries in their neck, armpits, and groin.