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

Long Beach Encourages Emergency Preparedness with READY Long Beach
Jake Heflin
Firefighter/Paramedic/CERT Program Manager/Public Information Officer
Long Beach Fire Department
Reginald Harrison
Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Communications

The sixth annual READY Long Beach Community Preparedness Expo, which is hosted each year by the Long Beach Fire Department and other City departments, will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, September 28, at the Walter Pyramid on the California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) campus at 1250 N. Bellflower Blvd.

“The Ridgecrest earthquakes this past July have reminded folks that the right time to get ready is right now,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “READY Long Beach gives residents the critical information and resources they need to make a plan before an emergency occurs.” 

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.

Fire Chief Xavier Espino states, “READY Long Beach is about building resiliency within our community. It is essential that we build a culture of preparedness through education and outreach. We must meet the needs of our community with a specific emphasis on our vulnerable populations. Disasters know no boundaries. We are all in this together.”

The expo will feature information booths, emergency preparedness demonstrations, emergency supplies for purchase, a kids’ fun zone, food for purchase, and multiple displays of emergency response equipment. Complimentary parking is available on campus in Parking Structure 1off Merriam Way, south of Atherton Street.

September is Disaster Preparedness Month, and READY Long Beach is one of several events that take place throughout the month to help residents get prepared for a natural disaster or other emergency. Some of the activities include preparedness meetings with neighborhood associations, and a preparedness exercise conducted by the Department of Disaster Preparedness with community partner agencies, Long Beach Unified School District, hospitals and transit agencies. 

“Disaster Preparedness Month provides an opportunity for the City to promote awareness and education about the importance of personal preparedness for residents in the event of a disaster,” said Reggie Harrison, Director of the Department of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Communications. “Residents should be prepared for all types of disasters, taking actions now—both at home and at work—to be self-sustaining for up to seven days after a disaster.”

Disaster Preparedness efforts will continue into October, with the Great California ShakeOut earthquake drill on Thursday, October 17, 2019.

About the City of Long Beach

Home to approximately 470,000 people, the multiple award-winning and innovative City of Long Beach offers all the world-class amenities of a large metropolitan city while maintaining a strong sense of individual and diverse neighborhoods nestled together along the California coast. As a full-service charter city, Long Beach is home to the Queen Mary, Aquarium of the Pacific, several museums and theaters, a highly-rated school district, Long Beach Airport, the Port of Long Beach, as well as many award-winning City departments such as Health, Parks, Recreation and Marine, Development Services and more. The City also has a highly-respected university and city college, two historic ranchos, five hospitals, five golf courses, 171 parks, miles of beaches, marinas, bike paths, and a Bike Share program.

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About Long Beach Fire Department

The mission of the Long Beach Fire Department is to protect lives, property, and the environment, improving the quality of life and safety of the community and our visitors. Visit us at, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter and Instagram.

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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