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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # CM: 091216
READY Long Beach Will Help Prepare Residents for Emergencies
3rd Annual Citywide Preparedness Expo on September 17 Offers Life-Saving Information
Jake Heflin
Firefighter/Paramedic/Public Information Officer
Long Beach Fire Department

The community is invited to attend the third annual “READY Long Beach” Community Preparedness Expo on Saturday, September 17, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm at Heartwell Park (near the corner of Clark Avenue and Carson Street), to learn how to prepare for emergencies such as earthquakes, fires, floods, terrorism, and other catastrophic events.

“The more prepared we are as a community, the better off we’ll be in an emergency,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “This event will give Long Beach residents the critical information they need before an emergency, so they can be ready to help themselves, their families and their neighbors.”

The free event is sponsored by Long Beach CERT (Community Emergency Response Team), in partnership with the Long Beach Fire Department, various City departments, Southern California Edison, and other disaster response agencies.

“Recent events continue to show us the importance of being prepared,” said Councilwoman Stacy Mungo. “I encourage neighbors to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity and join with our Long Beach community in taking steps to prepare for emergencies.”

The expo will feature information booths, emergency preparedness demonstrations, emergency supplies for purchase, and will also include a kid’s fun zone, food for purchase, and multiple displays of emergency response vehicles. After a dinner break from 5:00 to 6:00 pm, READY Long Beach will conclude with a free showing of the movie “San Andreas” starting at 6:00 pm. Free parking is available at the Long Beach City College parking structure, off Clark Avenue, south of Carson Street.

The event will include information regarding:

  • How to gather and store minimum supplies of food, water and other basic survival tools recommended by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
  • How and when to safely shut off gas and water lines
  • How to build a family evacuation and response plan
  • How to engage your neighbors in disaster planning

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.

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