LOS ANGELES, July 2, 2020 – This July 4 and 5 will mark one year since a series of strong earthquakes rocked the Searles Valley area. The American Red Cross Los Angeles Region was on the ground helping neighbors affected in its aftermath and reminds Angelenos to review and adjust their emergency plans.
SEE: Photos of the Red Cross LA Ridgecrest Earthquake Disaster Response (Flickr)
The 2019 Ridgecrest earthquakes were two of the biggest temblors to hit California in nearly a decade. In response, the Red Cross mobilized more than 260 disaster workers – 90 percent volunteers – who along with partners, served more than 62,300 meals, provided more than 1,200 overnight shelter stays and distributed more than 2,000 relief items. Volunteer mental health, health services and spiritual care professionals also provided more than 3,600 contacts providing support and care to affected Californians.
“The one-year anniversary of the Ridgecrest earthquakes and its many aftershocks, including the magnitude 5.5 aftershock felt just four weeks ago, serve as a reminder that earthquakes are an unavoidable fact of life here in California,” said Joselito Garcia-Ruiz, Regional Disaster Program Officer at American Red Cross Los Angeles Region. “The next earthquake could be even more devastating and being prepared is crucial. Ready yourself and our loved ones now by taking three simple actions: 1) Get a kit. 2) Make a plan. 3) Be informed.”
After a major disaster, families should be prepared with enough food, water, and emergency supplies to last up to two weeks until help can arrive. The Red Cross recommends three basic steps:
The Red Cross offers these safety steps you should follow during an earthquake:
If you are outside, find a clear spot away from buildings, power lines, trees and streetlights. Drop to the ground and stay there until the shaking stops.
After an earthquake, expect and prepare for potential aftershocks.
For free virtual disaster preparedness classes open to the community and presented in English and Spanish, visit redcross.org/la-virtual.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org/la or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCrossLA or @CruzRojaLA.