Frequently Asked Questions


What types of disasters occur in the Los Angeles area?

The Los Angeles area is most vulnerable to fires and earthquakes. We also face the potential for droughts, winds, and energy outages.

How should I prepare in the event of an emergency?

Emergency preparedness is also an individual responsibility. We strongly urge everyone to familiarize themselves with the LA City and neighborhood plans and precautions currently in place.

Can we predict earthquakes?

Earthquakes can occur in cold, hot, rainy or dry weather; there is no such thing as “earthquake weather.”

Why do I need a FRS/GMRS radio In a disaster situation?

In a disaster, landline and cell towers could be destroyed, damaged or overwhelmed. A walkie-talkie-type radio will allow you to communicate within your neighborhood when phones are unavailable. Basic radios to consider for neighborhood use are family radio service (FRS) radios.

How safe is it to use candles indoors during an emergency?

Candles pose a fire hazard and must never be burned unattended. For safety reasons, battery powered flashlights may be a better option. That said, candles are an inexpensive light source and are often readily accessible. If you decide to use candles, be sure to follow the necessary fire safety precautions. Keep lit candles in sturdy containers on level surfaces. If possible, place a glass shade over them.

Candles can be easily knocked over, so keep them out of the reach of children and pets, and away from anything that can burn. Extinguish candles before leaving the room or going to bed.

How much water should I have for an emergency and how should I store it safely?

Store at least 1 gallon of water per person per day for 3 days, for drinking and sanitation. Try to store a 2-week supply, if possible. You should consider storing more water than this for hot climates, for pregnant women, and for persons who are sick.

What stations should an emergency radio be able to pickup, i.e. AM/FM and SW or Weather Alert?

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Can I use my camping gas stove indoors in case of an emergency?

Never use unvented combustion appliances, such as barbecues, cook stoves, butane camping lanterns, propane or kerosene heaters and lamps inside your house. They burn up available oxygen. They produce C02 (carbon dioxide) and other combustion gases and fumes. Some produce huge quantities of colourless, odourless and deadly carbon monoxide.There is a very real risk of fire, explosion, asphyxiation or poisoning from fumes.

In case of an emergency what should I do with my pets?

You should personalize your basic emergency kit items according to your needs. If you have pets include special items such as food, water and medication for your pets or service animal. Whether you decide to stay put in an emergency or evacuate to a safer location, you will need to have a plan ready for your pets. If you need to evacuate, take your pets with you if possible. However, if you are going to a public shelter, remember that animals may not be allowed inside (except for service animals). Plan in advance for shelter alternatives that will work for both you and your pets. Make a back-up emergency plan in case you can’t care for your animals yourself. Develop a buddy system with neighbours, friends and relatives to make sure that someone is available to care for or evacuate your pets if you are unable to do so.

I know what an emergency kit is, but what is a grab-and-go emergency kit?

If I’m at work when an emergency occurs, what should I do?

Find out today about plans in place for emergency evacuation at your workplace and what you are meant to do. Have some basic supplies at work like water and food that won’t spoil, in case you have to stay put for a while.

I can’t get additional medications dispensed. A pharmacist will only fill your prescription to meet current needs, what would BE suggestED?

If it is not possible to keep additional medication on hand for emergency use, you should prepare and keep an accurate description of your health conditions, your prescriptions (including dose) , treatment requirements, and name of your prescribing physician. Having this information readily available can assist emergency responders to address people’s medical and health needs in the most timely and efficient way possible.

Do you have any ideas in terms of which non-perishable food I can put in my emergency kit?

  • Canned food such as fruits, vegetables, meats, stews, puddings 
  • Milk and juice in boxes or cans
  • Beans and lentils
  • Dried fruit and vegetables, mixed nuts and seeds
  • Granola bars
  • Crackers
  • Cookies
  • Cereal
  • Peanut butter, nut spreads, etc

Try to choose foods that will meet your daily nutritional needs and that you and others in your household will like. Always check expiration dates, and if in doubt, restock it. Replace all food once a year.