I recently attended not one but two “Disaster Preparedness” events at theEmergency Management Department’s EOC at 500 East Temple Street, EOC stands for Emergency Operations Center. The building houses a fire station and more importantly it houses all sorts of communication capability as well as a command center where all city services would be represented in case of a city wide or greater disaster.
The first meeting I attended on Wednesday night was put on by the Los Angeles Fire Department and centered on Holiday safety, cooking safety, turkey deep fat fryer safety etc, it then moved into El Nino preparedness. I can supply various flyers etc that I received at this meeting. This meeting was rather small in attendance, maybe at total of 8 people in attendance.
The second meeting I attended on Saturday morning the 21st of November was much more robust presentation, with representatives from the following:
Mona Curry – EMD
Chief Rudolph Hill – LAFD
Aida Valencia – BSS
Chuck Turhollow – Sanitation
This meeting was sponsored by DONE and Councilman David Ryu’s and Koretz offices.
Len Shaffer from DONE was the person that brought this all together and basically ran the meeting. El Nino was the topic, with discussions on weather patterns from Satellite photos of the earth, how this might affect rainfall in the Los Angeles area. Also discussed was being pre-prepared for flooding or loss of services including having any medications on hand, food, pet food, putting important documents out on the cloud or emailing them to yourself in case you don’t have access to originals, setting up an out of state contact that multiple family members can call to let others know they are safe or not in case of being separated locally in an emergency, as well as possible “gathering or meeting areas for family members.
Although many websites were mentioned, the one that was mentioned most was http://www.elninola.com as this seems to have the most information available on it. Another site that is recommended to received phone calls and or texts of local emergencies in your area is the following http://emergency.lacity.org/EOCOperations/NotifyLA/index.htm “Text fees might apply”