Our pets enrich our lives in more ways than we can imagine. In turn, they rely on us for their safety and well-being. The best way to ensure the safety of your family is to be prepared with a disaster plan. If you are a pet owner, that plan includes your pets. Being prepared can help save lives.
The full website for family and business preparedness is available at the Department of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Communications .
Information available at the website includes:
- A comprehensive guide to personal and family preparedness;
- Links to Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and other state and federal preparedness websites;
- How to "be informed and stay connected" to get up-to-date information before, during and after a disaster;
- How to volunteer and donate responsibly to those impacted by a disaster; and
- Best practices for families with infants, seniors, special needs, and pets.
As the City continues to enhance its emergency preparedness message, residents are strongly advised to prepare to be self-sufficient for at least five days in the event of a large-scale incident. Create an emergency plan for your home and family, put together an emergency supply kit (food, water, tools, etc.,) and make sure all of your family members know how to contact one another. Further, all residents are encouraged to sign up for Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training. The Long Beach Fire Department conducts this free program to train the public how to become self-sufficient during major disasters.