June 20, 2018

Recent Earthquakes Remind Us to be Prpared for Earthquakes and Tsunamis


There have been 36 earthquakes in the Pacific Ocean region, including a 6.8 magnitude earthquake that struck off the coast of Northern California on Sunda, March 9. Since then 23 earthquakes have been recorded in that area by the U.S. Geological Survey and California Integrated Seismic Network, the most recent was a 3.6 magnitude earthquake that took place the next day. Fortunately, there were no tsunami warnings, advisories or watches issued associated with these earthquakes, but it reminds us that we live in earthquake country, and that Los Angeles County is an area that is prone to earthquakes, tsunamis and other natural hazards and threats.

The Los Angeles County Office of Emergency Management (OEM) wants to take this time to remind all County residents, renters, and businesses to take the necessary steps to be prepared for future earthquakes and other natural hazards and threats. To learn more about and how to prepare for earthquakes and other hazards and threats, OEM has the following emergency preparedness programs available to assist residents, renters, and businesses to develop their own disaster preparedness plans, and emergency kits:

• County of Los Angeles Emergency Survival Guide, Alert LA County – http://lacounty.gov

• Specific Needs Awareness Planning – http://lacounty.gov, https://snap.lacounty.gov

• Emergency Survival Program available at http://www.espfocus.org

Los Angeles County residents, renters, and business owners, including persons with disabilities and others with access and functional needs, may call 211 for emergency preparedness information and other referral services. The toll-free number is available 24 hours a day and seven days a week. 211 LA County services can also be accessed by visiting http://211la.org.