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Are you ready for an emergency?

Natural disasters, like earthquakes and flooding, or man-made ones, like fire or explosions, happen without warning. Being prepared for emergencies can greatly lessen injury and loss of life or property. Beach Cities Health District is part of the South Bay’s emergency preparedness network.

As Ben Franklin counseled, “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” Getting you and your family informed on proper safety procedures and securing a few easy-to-acquire supplies can go a long way towards easing the impact of a disaster or emergency. Learn how to create your own disaster plan by visiting the sites and resources below.


Emergency Preparedness:
Prepare yourself for any emergency or disaster and make a plan today.

Step 1: Put together a plan by discussing four questions with your family, friends or household to start your plan.

  1. How will I receive emergency alerts and warnings?
  2. What is my shelter plan?
  3. What is my evacuation route?
  4. What is my family/household communication plan?

Step 2: Consider specific needs in your household.

Step 3: Fill out a Family Emergency Plan.

Step 4: Practice your plan with your family or household.


Build your emergency supply kit. Basic items listed on the FEMA emergency supply list include:

  • Water - one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
  • Food - at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert
  • Flashlight
  • First aid kit
  • Extra batteries
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Manual can opener for food
  • Local maps
  • Cell phone with chargers and a backup battery


Learn how to stay safe before and during a pandemic.

Find additional Emergency Resources in our Resource Guide.


City Resources

Regional Resources

National Resources

Additional Resources