Be #ReadyLA

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A few weeks ago, I was talking about an earthquake I felt during my pregnancy, in April 2014. It was my first year in Los Angeles, and even if it was a relatively small one, it totally freaked me out!

When telling this story to a friend, she told me about an emergency pack she keeps at home in case of a natural disaster. At first, I thought she was being dramatic, so I asked more people, mostly people who were born and raised in California, and have been through a few natural disasters like earthquakes, wild fires and flooding. Everyone told me the same thing : that, I should have an emergency kit at home, as well as an emergency plan and a meeting point with my family.

It’s not about living in fear, it’s about being prepared, because indeed California could face a natural disaster at anytime, and there are a few things you need to do and know in case it happens. Especially when you have a baby and a family, like me. I encourage you to check out the webiste www.readyla.org, created by the Los Angeles County Emergency Management Department, to be 100% informed on disaster prepareness. Thanks to this website, I found all the information to build my emergency kit (which I had no clue what it even was before) and create my emergency plan…

It felt a little bit like I was in the Walking Dead, packing my survival backpack in case of a zombie apocalypse, but since I am a fan of the series, I had a lot of fun doing it, and I am pretty sure Jules loved it too!

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So, let’s get started. What should you have in your supply kit? You can find a complete and very helpful list here. I personnally decided to pack the following :

Food supplies, including canned food and a can opener, power bars, dry fruits, and the most important, water. Count at least a gallon per person. Per day.
Food supplies, including canned food and a can opener, power bars, dry fruits, and the most important, water. Count at least a gallon per person. Per day.
Baby essentials : formula, cookies, diapers, and one outfit.
Baby essentials : formula, cookies, diapers, and one outfit.
Survival equipment : light sticks, gloves, a wind-up radio, rain ponchos, phone batteries…
Survival equipment : light sticks, gloves, a wind-up radio, rain ponchos, phone batteries…
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Sanitary and medical equipment : first aid kit, sanitizer, shower gel, sunscreen…

A lot of items that are on your preparedness checklist can be found sitting around the house like: flashlights, batteries, and canned food! Red Cross is a great source for those items not on hand.

Once your emergency kit is prepared, don’t forget to talk with your family about your plan in case of a natural disaster :

  • Agree on a meeting point in case you are not together when it happens, preferably a high point, like the Griffith Park Observatory for instance.
  • Store all emergency contact numbers (fire, police, ambulance, etc.) in a place that all family members know
  • Keep copies of your important documents in a place easily accessible…
  • Make sure everybody knows where the emergency kit is !

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All this is done? You’re almost set, the last thing to do to be FULLY prepared is setting up for alerts here  The sooner you are notified, the more prepared you will be to face it.

Be #ReadyLA!

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