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Are you prepared? Remembering the Northridge Earthquake

January 17 marks the 20th anniversary of the Northridge earthquake, which damaged and destroyed thousands of homes and buildings in Los Angeles and resulted in dozens of deaths. This 6.7 magnitude earthquake shook most of southern California and caused an estimated $25 billion in damage. With no immediate foreshocks, this quake came completely unexpected and caught most people completely off guard. Over 20,000 people were left homeless with their lives in crumbles. As we reminisce about that day, we are also reminded of how important it is to be prepared for an emergency.

The Orange County Sheriff’s Department has an Emergency Management Division whose mission is to promote, facilitate and support the County of Orange and the Operational Area efforts to prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters. This division would like to see all residents be informed and prepared in the case that a disaster strikes. Listed are recommended ways you can ensure your safety and survival during an emergency.
 
• Get a kit of emergency supplies. Items such as water, non-perishable foods, a first aid kit, and also important documents and medications.
• Make a plan. By developing a family emergency plan, you can ensure that your family members will know what to do no matter where they might be when an emergency starts.
• Have supplies ready. Whether you need to get in the car and go, or make shelter at home have supplies for any disaster accessible.
• Be informed. It is always a good idea to educate yourself on the potential threats and disasters that may happen. It is important to know where to go and what to do for help. By signing up for AlertOC, you will have direct access to Orange County’s mass emergency notification system.
• Get involved in preparing your community. After preparing yourself and your family, go out and help others prepare for themselves.

You can never be too prepared when it comes to an emergency. Help protect yourself and others by following these simple practices.
For more information please visit www.ReadyOC.org