I am a member of the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), that has been trained by the Los Angeles County Fire Department and the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department to assist in any emergency where local fire and policing services might be overwhelmed.  The CERT members could then be called to respond in the neighborhoods until professionals are available.  

Additional members of the community are encouraged to sign up and become certified.  This training includes instruction on basic triag, first aid, search and rescue and CPR training.

Contact the LA County Fire CERT training unit at 323-881-3064 if interested or e-mail

We have learned is how important it is for us all to be self-sufficient in case of emergency until outside help can arrive, which could be days orneve weeks.  This means we need to be prepared in our own homes, cars and offices. After Katrina, the lists of recommended emergency supplies were updated to include seven (7) days of water, food and medical supplies instead of the earlier recommendation for three days.  Following are the recommended supplies for your family.  The lists can    be printed out for your use.

           What You Need to Have for an Emergency

                                     Be Prepared---Dont Wait!

        An out-of-area contact phone and a known meeting place

for the family some distance from the home area.


    A family emergency kit for the home and a smaller one for each vehicle.


    Cash for emergency use.  [Recommended $500, $300 minimum.]  This could be needed for lodging, food, gasoline, if credit cards/bank accounts could not be accessed due to power (and computer) failure.


    Water!  Buy it now while it is plentiful & cheap.  Stores would run out during an  emergency.  Also diapers if needed.


        Periodically rotate food and water to maintain freshness.


    Family medicines for at least 10 days!  Eyeglasses.


    Copies of medical prescriptions for family members.

 Good walking shoes.

Print out the lists that follow.
(Recommended quantities have been updated since Katrina.)            

*This information was condensed from the PVP CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) manual prepared by the Department of Homeland Securityand implemented locally by the Los  Angeles County Fire Department, local cities and Neighborhood Watch.

    Call PVP CERT member Donna States for more information at (310) 541-4163.


Water: 1 gallon per person per day for 7 days, plus pets.

For additional needs you can heat water to a rolling boil

  for one full minute or

Add 4 drops of household bleach to one quart of water;

  shake and let stand for 30 min.

Commercial purification tablets can also be purchased.

Food for the family and pets for 7 days minimum:

Ready-to-eat canned meats, fruits and vegetables

Canned juices, milk, soup with extra water if powdered

Sugar, salt, pepper

High-energy foods (peanut butter, Jelly, granola bars)

Foods for infants, elderly, or others with special-diets

Comfort foods (candy, cookies, instant coffee, etc.)

For baby: formula, bottles, powdered milk & extra water

For pets

Kitchen & Cooking Items:

Manual can opener, pans for heating water/food

Mess kits or paper/plastic plates, cups, and utensils

All-purpose knife

Aluminum foil, plastic wrap, resealable plastic bags

Waterproof matches in waterproof container

Small cooking stove and can of fuel (e.g., Sterno) or

Extra tank of propane gas for barbecue

Small container of pure, unscented liquid bleach (5.25%

  sodium hypochlorite) or commercial purification tablets


Wrench to cutoff gas at meter


Emergency preparedness manual

Battery-operated radio.  Spare batteries

Flashlight and extra batteries

Fire extinguisher (small ABC type)

Plastic storage containers

Paper and pencil.  Wide-tipped waterproof marker

Work gloves

Needle and thread

Signal flare(s)
Medicine dropper
Plastic sheeting
First-Aid Kit:
First-aid manual
Sterile adhesive bandages, assorted sizes.
2-inch sterile gauze pads (4-6)
4-inch sterile gauze pads (4-6)
2-inch sterile roller bandages (3 rolls)
3-inch sterile roller bandages (3 rolls)
Hypoallergenic adhesive tape
Triangular bandages (3)
Moistened towelettes
Antibacterial ointment
Antibacterial ointment
Tongue depressors (2)
Tube of petroleum jelly
Safety pins, assorted sizes
Cleaning agent/soap
Latex gloves (2 pairs)
Cotton balls
Medicines & Non-prescription Drugs:
Family members medicines for 10 days, minimum, incl.
  insulin & high blood pressure & heart medication if needed
Aspirin and non-aspirin pain relievers
Anti-diarrhea medication
Antacid (for stomach distress)
Syrup of Ipecac (for use if advised by Poison Center)
Activated charcoal (for use if advised by Poison Center)
Copies of prescriptions used by family members


Toilet paper

Soap, liquid detergent


Household chlorine bleach

Plastic bucket with tight-fitting lid

Plastic garbage bags & ties for personal sanitation needs

Diapers, as needed

Moist towelettes

Personal hygiene items, as needed

Feminine supplies, as needed

Clothing and Bedding:

At least one complete change of clothing

Warm jacket or hooded sweatshirt

Thermal underwear

Hot and gloves

Sturdy shoes or work boots for evacuation

Rain gear


Blankets or sleeping bags

Important Documents and Contact Numbers

[Stored in a waterproof, portable container]

Emergency contact list and phone numbers

Map of the area and phone numbers of places you

  could go

Extra set of car keys and house keys

Personal identification

Cash ($500 recommended) or travelers checks

Some loose change

Copies of birth certificates, marriage certificate.

Drivers licenses, social security cards or heath

  insurance cards, immunization records

Bank account numbers

Credit card account numbers and companies

Passports, contracts, wills, insurance policies, deeds, stocks and

  bonds records, inventory of valuable household goods

Safety deposit box location records





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