With September being Emergency Preparedness Month and in light of the recent Saddleridge Fire we have been focusing on emergency preparedness.

Stay Informed

Of first concern is how to stay informed. In a disaster, there are never too many ways to receive a possibly life-saving alert. That’s why the City of Los Angeles indicates they will use multiple ways to reach you if there is a threat to your life or property. The best way to ensure you receive alerts from the City is NotifyLA and from the County at County Alert LA.

Of special note is that residents in the path of the Saddleridge fire are complaining that they did not get notified and those who did get notified are not clear which system resulted in the notification. The subject of notification will become a key investigative topic in the months to come. In the meantime, sign up for everything.

You can also find LAFD alerts at: https://www.lafd.org/alerts or follow on social media:

What are all those sirens about? Why is that helicopter circling? Did you know you can google “Broadcastify LAPD Valley” to hear a live feed of the police scanner? You may not understand all the code words, but you may hear the details of what’s going on.

Another option is to download the Citizen Protect the World app to your phone to get real time alerts, pictures and videos from nearby police, fire and EMS activity for free. Citizen at Apple App Store / Citizen at Google Play.

Ready to Respond?

Now that you are signed up to get alerts and know where to get information, are you ready to respond? We highly recommend the free training offered by LAFD: Community Emergency Preparedness Team Training. This is a free seven week class providing you with real skills in creative firefighting techniques, treating life-threatening emergencies, evacuation, search techniques and more. Find a CERT class near you on Eventbrite.