City of Long Beach 
Public Information Office
411 W. Ocean Blvd, 
Long Beach, CA 90802

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # CM:090717
‘READY Long Beach’ to Help Prepare Residents for Emergencies
4th Annual Citywide Preparedness Expo Offers Life-Saving Information
Jake Heflin, Public Information Officer
Long Beach Fire Department
Arantxa Chavarria, Community Services Coordinator
Long Beach Fire Department

On Saturday, September 16 the City of Long Beach is hosting the fourth annual “READY Long Beach” Community Preparedness Expo from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the California State University, Long Beach (CSULB)—Beach Circle, between the College of Business Administration (CBA) building and track, 1250 Bellflower Blvd. 

“READY Long Beach gives residents the critical information and resources they need before an emergency occurs,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “As a Cal State Long Beach alum, I am proud of the partnership we have with the university to make this event possible.”

This free event is sponsored by Long Beach CERT (Community Emergency Response Team), in partnership with the Long Beach Fire Department, various City departments, CSULB, local businesses, sponsors, and other disaster response agencies.

“Recent events continue to show us the importance of being prepared,” said Fire Chief Mike DuRee. “I hope our community takes advantage of this great opportunity. Join your neighbors as we all take essential steps to prepare for emergencies.”

The expo will feature information booths, emergency preparedness demonstrations, emergency supplies for purchase, a kid’s fun zone, food for purchase, and multiple displays of emergency response equipment. Complimentary parking is available at the Long Beach State University in parking structure 1, off Atherton Avenue and Merriam Way.

"We’re delighted to host READY Long Beach on campus," said California State University, Long Beach President Jane Close Conoley. This expo is a wonderful example of a City-sponsored event focused on the resiliency of our community. I’m proud to live in a city that is proactive regarding emergency preparedness.”

The event will include information such as:
• How to gather and store minimum supplies of food, water and other basic survival tools recommended by the Federal Government
• How to take action in order to increase preparedness
• How to build a family evacuation and response plan
• How to engage your neighbors in disaster planning

September is National Preparedness Month and this year’s focus is on planning ahead, with an overarching theme, “Disasters Don’t Plan Ahead. You Can.” Join us on September 16 to start planning ahead!

The CERT program trains residents in basic disaster response skills such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. For more information, visit and click the “Community Outreach” tab or call 562-570-2525.

For additional information about disaster preparedness in Long Beach, please visit or

About Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Communications
The mission of the Department of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Communications is to protect the lives and property of the community and first responders through comprehensive planning, training and communication to ensure that daily requests for emergency services, as well as response, recovery, and mitigation for major emergencies and disasters is completed in an effective and efficient manner.

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About Long Beach Fire Department
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