Know your Risks

Los Angeles is prone to many natural and man-made threats. Los Angeles is particularly vulnerable to the destructive effect of wildfires, flooding, mudslides and earthquakes. Because of the many threats that Los Angeles faces, the importance of readiness as a city and for residents cannot be overstated. Part of disaster preparedness is being aware of the kinds of hazards and disasters you might be subject to living in as a Los Angeles resident. Here’s a list.

Earthquake

California is in the “very high risk” category for earthquakes. In fact, California experiences the most frequent damaging earthquakes. The many fault systems running throughout the Los Angeles area can lead to earthquakes of all types and sizes. Many of the buildings have been retrofitted to withstand severe shaking, but you could still face many…

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Landslide

General erosion, heavy rains and other factors help to cause landslides. Most common during severe storms, earthquakes, volcanoes and wildfires, landslides can cause injury or even death. Debris and mudflows can occur following heavy rain. They develop when water rapidly accumulates in the ground during heavy rainfall or rapid snowmelt, changing the earth into a…

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Soil Liquefaction

Soil liquefaction occurs when a saturated or partially saturated soil substantially loses strength and stiffness in response to an applied stress such as shaking during an earthquake, in which material that is ordinarily a solid behaves like a liquid.Large portions of West Adams are in liquefaction zones.

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Fire

In the Los Angeles area, wildfires, as well as residential or structural fires, are part of our everyday lives. That’s why it’s important to have a familiar plan, in case a fire should occur. Residential fires are the third-leading cause of accidental death in the home, with yearly property losses reaching billions of dollars. Cooking,…

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Power Outage

There are many causes of power failures, like transformers blowing, fallen trees, Mylar balloons getting caught in power lines, or many naturally occurring events.Regardless of how we lose power, we should all be adequately prepared to survive through a sustained power outage. Unless you have a backup generator, you’ll need a healthy stock of non-perishable…

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