LOS ANGELES — In memory of the 25th anniversary of the Northridge earthquake, the American Red Cross Los Angeles Region urges residents of Southern California to take the necessary steps to prepare their households for an emergency.
SEE: Images from Red Cross Disaster Relief Response to the Northridge Earthquake
“The Northridge earthquake serves as a reminder that earthquakes are an unavoidable fact of life here in California, so we have no excuse to be caught off-guard,” said Jarrett Barrios, CEO at American Red Cross Los Angeles Region. “The next earthquake could be even more devastating and a little knowledge and preparation can make all the difference between life and death.”
The 6.7 magnitude earthquake struck the San Fernando Valley on January 17, 1994 and was one of the costliest natural disasters in U.S. history. The Red Cross mobilized 15,000 workers, served 1.7 million meals, provided shelter for nearly 22,000 people and provided mental health counseling to more than 40,000 affected Californians.
In the 25 years since Northridge, the Red Cross and its partners have been working to prepare Southern California for the next catastrophic disasters. A program called PrepareSoCal works to engage community leaders in some of the most vulnerable neighborhoods across Southern California to bring preparedness education to every household.
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:
For more information and preparedness tips, visit redcross.org/prepare.
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 about the Red Cross in Los Angeles, please visit redcross.org/la or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCrossLA or @CruzRojaLA.