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Prepare your family in case of a disaster

Prepare your family in case of a disaster

Now is the time to take steps to be better prepared for an earthquake or other disaster. Recent quakes around the world show us how important it is to be prepared as individuals and communities, and remind us that California is earthquake country.

Get your family ready

Planning for an earthquake or other disaster is somewhat like planning to leave on vacation. Make sure that your disaster plan includes evacuation and reunion plans; an out-of-state contact person's name and phone number; the location of your emergency supplies and other pertinent information. You should compile supply kits for your home, work and vehicle. Include in each of your kits:

  • Enough food, water, clothing and medications for all family members to survive for at least 7 days. Update them yearly and don’t forget about pets.
  • Cash.
  • First aid supplies.
  • An out-of-state contact list, as long distance calls may go through when local services are unavailable.
  • At least one complete change of clothing and footwear per person.
  • Instructions to locate and turn off utilities.

Click here for more information on family disaster preparation.

Work with your neighbors - join Neighborhood Watch 

Neighborhood Watch serves communities in many ways beyond preventing crime. It can provide focus for community preparedness, including Community Emergency Response Team training. Strong, organized, cohesive neighborhoods are better equipped to handle all sorts of emergency situations.

Everyone can have a role in preparing for a disaster. Get involved with your Neighborhood Watch group and include disaster preparedness as a group activity. Discuss how the neighborhood could work together after a disaster until help arrives and develop a disaster preparedness plan for your neighborhood.

Include in your neighborhood disaster plan:

  • Neighborhood Inventory - How can your neighborhood tap its resources to help everyone cope? Identify your neighbors' special skills (e.g., medical, technical, construction skills) and look at what equipment and shelter is available.
  • Those with special needs - Who in your neighborhood would need special assistance in a disaster? The lives of children, elderly and disabled persons may rely on your help. Make a plan for children in case neighborhood parents can't get home.

Neighborhood Watch serves communities in many ways beyond preventing crime. It can provide focus for community preparedness, including Community Emergency Response Team training. Strong, organized, cohesive neighborhoods are better equipped to handle all sorts of emergency situations.

Click here for more information on Lakewood's Neighborhood Watch program. 

If you are not sure if your block has a Neighborhood Watch program or if you are interested in learning more about the program, call the Crime Prevention Office at (562) 866-9771, extension 2114, or email crimeprevention@lakewoodcity.org.