Friends, on the 20th anniversary of the Northridge Earthquake, Councilmember Huizar wants to remind you to please take a moment to review these earthquake safety tips to keep you and your loved-ones safe during a major earthquake:
Before an earthquake - be prepared:
•Know the earthquake plans for all buildings you occupy regularly.
•Practice your earthquake procedure - drop, cover, and hold. Pick the safest place to do so in each room in your home, work, and/or school.
•Make sure your home is securely anchored to its foundation.
•Create and maintain an emergency supplies kit and keep in a convenient location.
During an earthquake:
•If you are indoors, duck and cover, preferably under a sturdy table or desk, holding onto a leg in case it moves. Avoid doorways, as they are no stronger than any other part of the building structure and swinging doors may cause injury. Do not run outside - you risk being hit by falling debris.
•If you are outside, find a clear space, drop, and remain there until it stops. Move away from buildings, power lines, trees, and streetlights.
•If you are in a car, pull over and remain in your car. Getting out will put you at risk of being hit by another car.
After an earthquake:
•Expect and prepare for potential aftershocks, landslides, or, less frequently, a tsunami. Aftershocks can occur minutes, days, weeks, and even months after. Drop, cover, and hold.
•Check yourself for injuries before assisting others.
•Look for and extinguish small fires, the most common hazard after an earthquake.
For more information on earthquake safety, please visit RedCross.org
To request an Earthquake Preparedness Handbook (available in Spanish), visit the USGS website
To plan a drill for your school, organization, or company through The Great California Shakeout, visit the Shakeout website
Join North East Trees for its Second Annual Earth Day Fest. This fundraiser features about 35 local artists selling their works, live music, exhibits and information about the work of local environmental organizations, information on volunteer opportunities, activities for kids, craft beer and fresh lemonade, prize drawings and more. Each exhibitor donates a portion of sales to North East Trees, which has been planting an urban forest, designing and building parks, building and enhancing trails, and training and hiring at-risk youth for over 20 years.
This event is open to the public, is free to attend, and there’s ample free parking at the Los Angeles River Center and Gardens and on nearby streets. For more information, call (323) 441-8634 x 30
or e-mail the organization at firstname.lastname@example.org