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Emergency Management

Emergency Management for Business and Industry

Earthquake SOLUTIONS - CHAMBER MEMBER - We help you to create and/or improve a customized emergency plan that reflects and applies solid life safety principles to each of your unique circumstances. Our goal is to improve your physical, psychological and economic life safety, particularly during the "hot" moments of a crisis, AND during the unstable period of the aftermath.

American Medical Response - CHAMBER MEMBER  - AMR LA County provides emergency medical transport service for portions of Los Angeles County, California. AMR LA County employs approximately 500 paramedics and EMTs and handles on average 114,000 responses annually.

AMR LA County participates in several events annually that benefit many of the communities we serve. The operation also hosts the Junior Paramedic program, the Every Fifteen Minutes program and provides services for many special event venues including major concerts and sporting events in the area. AMR LA County also offers CPR and first aid training. It will soon offer disaster preparedness training. If you are interested in training, please contact the operation for more information.

Business & Industry Council for Emergency Planning and Preparedness (BICEPP) - Providing a forum for information exchange to enhance emergency preparedness and contingency planning within the business community.

CA Division of the State Architect - info on automated gas shut-off valves, school building standards, seismic bracing of water heaters, etc.

CA Governor's Office of Emergency Services - Provides excellent information on hazards, training courses, emergency resources and operates the California EOC.

California emergency notifications - including electrical alerts: register for email alerts

Centers for Disease Control - Including topics such as Bio-Terrorism, Chemical or Radiation emergencies and outbreaks.

Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) - Local government prepares for everyday emergencies. However, during a disaster, the number and scope of incidents can overwhelm conventional emergency services. The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program is an all-risk, all-hazard training. This valuable course is designed to help you protect yourself, your family, your neighbors and your neighborhood in an emergency situation.

Disabled People and Disaster Planning - Each person's needs and abilities are unique, but every individual can take important steps to prepare for all kinds of emergencies and put plans in place. By evaluating your own personal needs and making an emergency plan, you can be better prepared for any situation.

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) - Their mission is to lead the effort to prepare the nation for all hazards and effectively manage federal response and recovery efforts following any national incident. FEMA also initiates proactive mitigation activities, trains first responders, and manages the National Flood Insurance Program.

LA County Fire Department - Provides Safety Prepardness information on Earthquake, Fire Prevention Tips, Firestorms, Flood & Mud Slides, Swiftwater Rescue, Terror Attack, and Tsunami

National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) - A comprehensive plan for dealing with terrorism-related events should include specific instructions to building occupants, actions to be taken by facility management, and first responder notification procedures.

NIOSH Dealing with traumatic events - Traumatic events are marked by a sense of horror, helplessness, serious injury, or the threat of serious injury or death. Traumatic events affect survivors, rescue workers, and the friends and relatives of victims who have been involved.

OSHA - Workplace emergency preparedness information

Ready.Gov - for businesses being prepared means being ready for any kind of emergency, be it hurricane, utility disruption or manmade disaster.


Business Assistance Links

California Chamber of Commerce

U.S Chamber Center for Corporate Citizenship Disaster Response - BCLC is an information resource for private-sector donors, charitable organizations, government agencies, and news outlets. BCLC's business disaster assistance and recovery program brings together major stakeholders in disaster response -- regional and federal representatives from business, relief and charity organizations, and government -- to work toward better coordination strategies for disaster response.

Call 2-1-1 - an easy to remember three-digit dialing code that enables a caller to access over 28,000 health and human service programs throughout Los Angeles County 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.

Disaster Survivor Support group - a peer support network for anyone who has endured a disaster, including families who have lost loved ones

Emergency Network Los Angeles - Emergency Network Los Angeles, Inc. (ENLA) is a network of Los Angeles County, non profit, community based organizations (CBOs) that provide assistance to individuals, families, and organizations following emergencies and disasters. ENLA works in coordination with government agencies and the private sector.

Los Angeles Regional Food bank - A private, nonprofit, charitable organization that has been serving the disadvantaged of our community for 33 years. We are at the heart of a charitable food distribution network that includes over 1,000 charities in Los Angeles County.

National Transportation Safety Board - Federal lead agency in air crash disasters

National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters - NVOAD coordinates planning efforts by many voluntary organizations responding to disaster. Member organizations provide more effective and less duplication in service by getting together before disasters strike. Once disasters occur, NVOAD or an affiliated state VOAD encourages members and other voluntary agencies to convene on site. This cooperative effort has proven to be the most effective way for a wide variety of volunteers and organizations to work together in a crisis.

National Weather Service Los Angeles office - Information on weather related hazards and forecasts.

Operation USA - A non-profit Los Angeles-based disaster relief agency in operation for over 27 years, assists developing communities here and abroad in addressing problems relating to natural and man-made disasters and chronic poverty through the creation of sustainable health, nutrition and disaster response programs. We provide essential materials, training, advocacy and financial support for such programs.

Salvation Army - Whether it is a local incident or a major disaster, Salvation Army staff and volunteers are often the first on the scene and the last to depart, honoring a century-old commitment to serve those in need, at the time of need, and at the place of need.

US Department of the Interior - The Natural Hazards Support System (NHSS) is designed to provide a comprehensive overview of current natural hazards events for the public as well as USGS Federal, State and local partners.

Chemical Emergencies

Chemical Agents: Facts About Evacuation - Some kinds of chemical accidents or attacks, such as a train derailment or a terrorist incident, may make staying put dangerous. In such cases, it may be safer for you to evacuate, or leave the immediate area. You may need to go to an emergency shelter after you leave the immediate area

Chemical Agents: Facts About Personal Cleaning - Some kinds of chemical accidents or attacks may cause you to come in contact with dangerous chemicals. Coming in contact with a dangerous chemical may make it necessary for you to remove and dispose of your clothing right away and then wash yourself.

Chemical Agents-Sheltering In Place - Some kinds of chemical accidents or attacks may make going outdoors dangerous. Leaving the area might take too long or put you in harm's way. In such a case it may be safer for you to stay indoors than to go outside.

Chemical Emergencies Overview - The CDC has a key role in protecting the public's health in an emergency involving the release of a chemical that could harm people's health. This page provides information to help people be prepared to protect themselves during and after such an event.

Fires and Floods

LA County Fire Department - Emergency preparedness must be a priority for everyone that lives or works in a wildland interface area. A major part of your preparedness is to develop a logical, well thought out and executed evacuation plan.

FEMA on the National Flood Insurance Program - Information on flood maps and insurance.

FEMA on Wildfires - Listed here are several suggestions that you can implement immediately. Others need to be considered at the time of construction or remodeling. You should also contact your local fire department, forestry office, emergency management office or building department for information about local fire laws, building codes and protection measures. Obtain local building codes and weed abatement ordinances for structures built near wooded areas.

County of Los Angeles Fire Department Safety Preparedness

Tsunami Warning Center - West Coast and Alaska Event map of recent coastal earthquakes and likelihood to produce tsunamis

Wildfire Prevention Tips - While most wildfires are caused by dry lightning in western states, an alarming number of fires were ignited by careless human acts this year. And with fire conditions so extreme on public lands, visitors are urged to take precautions and be aware of restrictions and closures.

Health and Wellbeing

Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry - The mission of the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), as an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is to serve the public by using the best science, taking responsive public health actions, and providing trusted health information to prevent harmful exposures and disease related to toxic substances.

Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is one of the 13 major operating components of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), which is the principal agency in the United States government for protecting the health and safety of all Americans and for providing essential human services, especially for those people who are least able to help themselves.

County of Los Angeles Public Health - The Los Angeles County Public Health Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Program's purpose is to prepare for emergencies caused by bioterrorism, infectious disease, and other public health threats through the development and exercise of a comprehensive public health emergency preparedness and response plan.

Department of Health and Human Services - Information ranging from health, to safety, to disasters and more.

Infectious Diseases Society of America - Bioterrorism Info - IDSA's purpose is to improve the health of individuals, communities, and society by promoting excellence in patient care, education, research, public health, and prevention relating to infectious diseases.

American Red Cross

Each year, the American Red Cross responds immediately to more than 70,000 disasters, including house or apartment fires (the majority of disaster responses), hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, tornadoes, hazardous materials spills, transportation accidents, explosions, and other natural and man-made disasters.

Local Chapters

Individuals and Families

Ready.Gov for Families - The likelihood of you and your family surviving a house fire depends as much on having a working smoke detector and an exit strategy, as on a well-trained fire department. The same is true for surviving a terrorist attack or other emergency. We must have the tools and plans in place to make it on our own, at least for a period of time, no matter where we are when disaster strikes. Just like having a working smoke detector, preparing for the unexpected makes sense. Get ready now.

American Red Cross Disaster Preparedness Information - Welcome to, brought to you by the American Red Cross and other community-based organizations to help you and your family prepare for natural and human-caused disasters.

Animal Preparedness Disaster Directory

Children and Disasters - This site is great way to get your kids involved in your family plan.

Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) - Local government prepares for everyday emergencies. However, during a disaster, the number and scope of incidents can overwhelm conventional emergency services. The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program is an all-risk, all-hazard training. This valuable course is designed to help you protect yourself, your family, your neighbors and your neighborhood in an emergency situation.

LA County Department of Public Social Services - DPSS is expected to respond to any natural or man-made disaster or emergency which requires the provision of emergency care and shelter for disaster victims. The definition of a disaster or emergency includes any condition which results in peril to the safety and lives of persons and/or destruction of property.

LA County Emergency Survival Program - In cooperation with our partners, Los Angeles County has assembled a collection of tips and guides aimed at emergency preparedness. The Emergency Survival Program (ESP), formerly known as the Earthquake Survival Program, is an awareness campaign designed to increase emergency preparedness at home, in the community, at work and at school.

LA County Public Works - Flooding - The purpose of this guide is to assist you and provide information on the installation of inexpensive devices, which would cost less to install and repair than flood damage to your property.

Persons with Disabilities Preparedness - This disability preparedness web site provides practical information on how people with and without disabilities can prepare for an emergency. It also provides information for family members of, and service providers to, people with disabilities. In addition, this site includes information for emergency planners and first responders to help them to better prepare for serving persons with disabilities.

Senior Citizen Disaster Planning - Each person's needs and abilities are unique, but every individual can take important steps to prepare for all kinds of emergencies and put plans in place. By evaluating your own personal needs and making an emergency plan, you can be better prepared for any situation.
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California Seismic Safety Commission - Preparation for earthquakes generally provides some level of preparation for other disasters. In any case it is possible that you may be on your own for some time and have to help yourself and your neighbors. The California Seismic Safety Commission provides information that is intended to help you learn about and prepare for earthquakes.

CDC Earthquake Preparedness - The real key to surviving an earthquake and reducing your risk of injury lies in planning, preparing, and practicing what you and your family will do if it happens.

CDC Earthquake Supplies - Stock up now on emergency supplies that can be used after an earthquake. These supplies should include a first aid kit, survival kits for the home, automobile, and workplace, and emergency water and food. Store enough supplies to last at least 3 days.

CDC What to do during the shaking - There are actions you can take even while an earthquake is happening, that will reduce your chances of being hurt. Lights may be out, and hallways, stairs, and room exits may be blocked by fallen furniture, ceiling tiles, and other debris. Planning for these situations will help you to take action quickly

CDC - After an Earthquake Be prepared for additional earth movements called "aftershocks." Although most of these are smaller than the main earthquake, some may be large enough to cause additional damage or bring down weakened structures.

Latest Earthquakes & Real-time Info - Map of recent earthquake activity.

National Geophysical Data Center - The National Geophysical Data Center plays a major role in post-event data collection. They also assist in the detection, location, and evaluation of the extent of certain hazards using satellite data.

U.S. Geological Survey - Pasadena website - Recent earthquake maps and lists for CA/NV, Shaking Maps, seismogram displays, earthquake notification, GPS monitoring, special reports, and more.

Pandemic Flu

A pandemic is a global disease outbreak. A flu pandemic occurs when a new influenza virus emerges for which people have little or no immunity, and for which there is no vaccine. The disease spreads easily person-to-person, causes serious illness, and can sweep across the country and around the world in very short time.

Have questions about Flu H1N1 (Swine Flu) vaccinations or services, or need more information? Call 2-1-1. - The official United States website dealing with this subject.
Planning Tools
Risk Communication
National Strategy

Dept. of Health and Human Services Pandemic Plan - Influenza Planning
Los Angeles County Pandemic Plan
State of California Pandemic Plan

Recommended ways to greet others (in a humorous style)
Los Angeles County Public Health (info on H1N1 vaccine clinics)
FAQ for parents regarding swine flu

Power Outages

Power Outages - Southern California Edison SCE is committed to providing our customers with reliable, high-quality power. However, storms, earthquakes, vehicle accidents, and other events can cause occasional power outages. It's important to know what to do in the event of a power outage.

What You Need to Know When the Power Goes Out - CDC offers these tips to help you prepare for and cope with sudden loss of power. CDC offers these tips to help you prepare for and cope with sudden loss of power.

Worker Safety in a Power Outage - During power outages, many people use portable electrical generators. If the portable generator is improperly sized, installed, or operated, it can send power back to the electrical lines. This problem is called backfeed or feedback in the electrical energy in power lines. Backfeed can seriously injure or kill repair workers or people in neighboring buildings.

Severe Heat

CDC Extreme Heat Tips - These self-help measures are not a substitute for medical care but may help you recognize and respond promptly to warning signs of trouble. Your best defense against heat-related illness is prevention. Staying cool and making simple changes in your fluid intake, activities, and clothing during hot weather can help you remain safe and healthy.

CDC on Extreme Heat - From 1979 -2002, excessive heat exposure caused 8,966 deaths in the United States. During this period, more people in this country died from extreme heat than from hurricanes, lightning, tornadoes, floods, and earthquakes combined. Because most heat-related deaths occur during the summer, and because weather projections for this year indicate a hotter-than-average summer, people should be aware of who is at greatest risk and what actions can be taken to prevent a heat-related illness or death.
EPA- Extreme Heat - Urban and suburban areas can be "heat islands," a zone 2-10 degrees F warmer than the surrounding rural countryside. Because they are warmer, heat islands use more energy to keep cool, which raises costs and reduces air quality.

FEMA- Extreme Heat - Most heat disorders occur because the victim has been overexposed to heat or has over-exercised for his or her age and physical condition. Older adults, young children, and those who are sick or overweight are more likely to succumb to extreme heat.