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American Red Cross

Emergency Preparedness Guide

Home Fires

Landslides Tsunamis

Earthquakes Wildfires

Disasters Happen. Be Red Cross Ready. When you live in Southern California, earthquakes are top of mind. But the reality is, California is a multi-hazard state. Residents should be prepared for wildfires, home fires, landslides, tsunamis, power outages and more. If the Big One or another major disaster takes place here, you should be ready to take care of yourself and your family for a minimum of three days until outside assistance arrives. This guide will assist you in getting ready.


Table of Contents Preparing to Be Red Cross Ready Get a Kit.


Make a Plan.


Be Informed.


Preparing your Family Access & Functional Needs




Children & Pets


Preparing for Disasters Earthquakes & Power Outages


Home Fires & Landslides


Wildfires & Tsunamis


Preparedness in your Pocket


Additional Resources



PREPAREDNESS CHECKLIST Your chances of surviving a major disaster increase by being prepared - at home, in the workplace, at school and on the road.

I know what emergencies or disasters are most likely to occur in my community. My family has a disaster plan, and we have practiced it. My family has an emergency supply kit. I have a personal emergency supply kit - one for home, work and my car. At least one member of my household is trained in First Aid/CPR. I know how to shut off my water, power and gas in an emergency.

Preparing to be Red Cross Ready Get a Kit | Make a Plan | Be Informed

Get a Kit

Being prepared for a disaster doesn’t have to be expensive or time consuming. Many of the items needed for a basic preparedness kit can be found within the home, and can be assembled over time. Things to note: • Depending on where you live and the disaster risks in your area, consider customizing your kit to be better prepared. •

Remember pets, elderly or disabled family members, and any medications/prescriptions.

Consider preparing smaller kits to put under your bed, in the car, at school and/or at work.


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General Kit This kit is designed to prepare families for different disasters such as earthquakes and home fires. Keep this kit by the door in case you need to evacuate your home, but also note that this can be used as a ‘shelter in place’ kit when you’re staying at home in a disaster.

At a minimum, have a 3-day supply of:

Non perishable, ready-to-eat food items

Clean water to drink and use for hygiene (1 gallon per person, per day)

First aid kit with medical supplies to treat injuries

Here are additional items that could be useful to have: •


Cell phone with charger

Battery powered/hand crank radio

Family/emergency contact

Extra batteries

Extra cash in small increments

Multi purpose tool

Gas shut off valve tool

Copies of personal documents

Sanitation/personal hygiene items

Emergency blanket


Manual can opener


Make a Plan

A little readiness can make all the difference in the event of a disaster or emergency. We have provided easy-to-use checklists to help you be prepared.<