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Department of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Communications

Deptphoto_5In Fiscal Year 2013, the department of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Communications was created to centralize and bring more focus to disaster preparedness functions in the City.

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Disaster Preparedness Bureau


The mission of the Disaster Preparedness Bureau is to centralize the direction and support of planning, coordination and management of disaster preparedness, mitigation, response and recovery.

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Emergency Communications Center


The mission of the Call Center is to protect lives and property through effective communications while maintaining the safety of first responders: and performing duties with courtesy, professionalism and respect.

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Homeland Security Grants


The City of Long Beach is a principle participant in the Los Angeles/Long Beach Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) Grant Program. With these funds, the City purchases new emergency operations equipment. Funds training of emergency first responders, and supports other homeland security needs.

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Latest News

The Department of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Communications has an opening for a Disaster Preparedness Officer.  The Disaster Preparedness operation is one of three bureaus in the Department with approximately 4 employees and an operating budget of over $1.5 Million.

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The Long Beach Tsunami Preparedness Walk and Resource Fair will be held on March 17 at the Will Rogers Mini Park (Appian Way and Nieto Avenue, Long Beach, 90814). 

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On November 30, CBS Los Angeles came to the Department 9-1-1 Dispatch Center to report a story on our new text to 9-1-1 capability.
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Press Releases

Tsunami Preparedness Week is March 26 to 30, 2018 and the City of Long Beach will be hosting events and activities throughout the month to educate residents on actions they can take to prepare for and respond to a tsunami.
The National Weather Service (NWS) is forecasting the first rains of the season to pass through Long Beach beginning today and extending into Tuesday evening. The rainfall amount is predicted to be between one to two inches in coastal areas.
Beginning December1, 2017, hearing and speech-impaired residents of Long Beach and those in situations where it is too dangerous to dial 9-1-1 for help in an emergency, can Text to 9-1-1. “Call if you can -- text if you can’t” is the slogan developed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), that is currently being utilized by Long Beach and other cities in Southern California that are implementing this new technology.
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