LOS ANGELES, Jan. 22, 2020 — A magnitude 3.6 earthquake centered in Granada Hills shook Los Angeles last night – Were you ready for it? As part of the PrepareSoCal campaign, the American Red Cross Los Angeles Region is launching “I’m Ready.” – a new approach to disaster preparedness that makes it easy to prepare and help Angelenos declare their newfound preparedness to friends and family.
Even though many said they didn’t feel this one, what we know is that a bigger earthquake could strike at any moment. To fully prepare the city for possible disaster, the Red Cross LA invites the media to join us for a special launch event at the headquarters in downtown. Join us and walk through the five steps you need to take to say “I’m Ready.” and learn about what you need to do to prepare.
WHAT: "I'm Ready." Disaster Preparedness Open House
WHEN: Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020
1 – 3:30 p.m.
WHERE: American Red Cross Los Angeles Region Headquarters
1450 S. Central Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90021
All attendees will receive:
- A guided lesson on what makes a good preparedness kit and escape plan
- Information on how to survive the most common disasters in Southern California
- Hands-only CPR training
- An exclusive "I'm Ready" T-shirt and window cling upon completion
Additional information will also be available about the PrepareSoCal campaign and the work of Listos California For All AmeriCorps members in delivering preparedness to local vulnerable communities.
“The goal of ‘I’m Ready’ is to provide not only the tools to prepare, but the tools to help you tell the world how easy it was to do so,” said Marium Mohiuddin, Communications Director for the American Red Cross Los Angeles Region. “What we all need to do to prepare boils down to five easy steps – and we are here to make sure that each Angelenos at least has those necessities accomplished. If we are all prepared, then we will be better equipped to help one another when a disaster strikes.”
In recent years, Red Cross staff and volunteers have responded to a series of record-breaking disasters. Last July, California had its largest earthquake in years, reminding us that we live in earthquake country and the Big One could strike at any time. In October, we faced back-to-back wildfires including the Saddleridge, Tick and Getty fires, threatening homes and forcing thousands to evacuate.
Helping people prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters has been at the heart of the Red Cross’ PrepareSoCal mission.
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.