Red Cross worker Javanny Perez talks with Stuart Glass at the Local Assistance Center in Chico, CA, where residents of the communities devastated by the 2018 Camp Fire could register themselves as SAFE on the Red Cross Safe and Well website. Photo by Daniel Cima/American Red Cross
The time to prepare is now.
It’s a fact of life living in Southern California: whether it’s an earthquake, a wildfire, a flood or some other disaster with long-term impacts, natural and human-caused disasters can strike suddenly and without warning.
That’s why the Red Cross has launched PrepareSoCal: a campaign to prepare families for disasters by providing tips, tools, and training, and promote community resiliency.
The City of Los Angeles states that critical services may disrupted after a hazardous event or disaster and that individuals and families should prepare to be self-sufficient for at least seven to 14 days after a major shock. (Resilient Los Angeles, March 2018) Emergency preparedness officials across Southern California estimate that after a major disaster, critical services like water and power and emergency response services like ambulances and firefighters will be disrupted for 14 days.
It is up to individuals like you to prepare themselves and their families to stay safe for the period of time after disaster strikes and before first responders and emergency services – like the American Red Cross – can arrive.
Are you Ready?
More than 90% of Southern Californians know a big disaster is coming. Yet only 6% are prepared for it. Preparedness starts with you.
Watch our 2 minute video to learn how to give Hands-Only CPR to buy precious time for a person experiencing cardiac arrest.
Once you’ve completed these steps, we want you to tell your friends and family “I’m Ready.” Re-visit this page once you’ve completed steps 1-5 listed above and use the “I’m Ready” tool to access to exclusive ways to tell the world about your preparedness.
Request a preparedness presentation or information booth at your next event or take a self-guided preparedness assessment on your own time.
Common Emergencies and Natural Disasters
Browse our Emergency Resource Library
Now that you know which types of emergencies to plan for, browse our Emergency Resource Library to learn what to do before, during and after specific events like hurricanes, wildfires, earthquakes, and more.