PRESS RELEASE

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

9/24/2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # 092420-2
Subject:
City of Long Beach Encourages Residents to Practice Disaster Preparedness
Resources Available on City’s Website
Contact:
Reginald Harrison
Director
Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Communications
(562) 570-9450
Reginald.Harrison@longbeach.gov




As a city in a region hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, wildfires and recent earthquakes, the City of Long Beach would like to remind residents of the importance of disaster preparedness and emergency planning. 

The City offers several preparedness resources on its website, including an emergency planning guide and tips to develop a family communications plan.

Residents are encouraged to be self-sustaining for up to seven days by making and practicing an emergency plan and learning lifesaving skills such as basic emergency medical procedures, CPR and other first aid techniques. 

Every resident should pack a ‘go bag’ to be ready to evacuate if a need arises. A separate bag for each member of the household should contain the essential items necessary to keep one safe and comfortable for the coming hours and days; bags should be stored in easily accessible areas. 

Residents also are encouraged to sign-up for Alert Long Beach to receive emergency notifications from the City in the event of a disaster.

September is National Preparedness Month and although the annual READY Long Beach Community Preparedness Expo was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the City continues to focus attention on disaster preparedness strategies. As such, the Long Beach Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Communications Department will meet virtually with its community partner organizations, including the American Red Cross, hospitals and school districts to discuss the pandemic response and initiate strategies for the upcoming winter storms. 

For the latest information on COVID-19, with details on all that the City of Long Beach is doing to keep its residents safe, visit: longbeach.gov/COVID19. 

Media inquiries related to disaster preparedness can be directed to Reginald Harrison, Director, Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Communications, (562) 570-9450, Reginald.Harrison@longbeach.gov 

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