Disaster Preparedness

Every day we all face natural, technological, chemical and man-made hazards that can potentially become disasters. Even though the probability of you or your family being injured or killed in a disaster is very low, it is extremely probable that your lives will be impacted. Utilities may be interrupted for hours or even days; your home, workplace, or school may be damaged or destroyed; roads and highways may be closed; and stores may be closed due to damage or have shortages of the items you need. For these reasons, it is extremely important for you to prepare in advance for disasters. The following links provide valuable information on how to ensure you and your family are ready for any disaster or emergency you may face.

  • To become more informed and utilize tools to help you prepare, use the https://www.ready.gov/ website. It will provide guidance on types of disasters and how to manage a variety of scenarios related to the specific situation encountered. The topics include emergency alert notifications, sheltering and evacuation planning, family emergency planning, pet preparations and other situations that may occur.

  • There is also a link to “make a plan” https://www.ready.gov/make-a-plan which will list the recommended steps to address particular needs,  and create a family plan. More references are listed below.

County of Los Angeles Emergency Survival Guide 

Family Emergency Plan Card

5 Step Neighborhood Action Kit

For additional information, contact the Hawthorne Office of Emergency Management at oem@cityofhwthorne.org