Southlanders warned of importance of earthquake preparedness

Thursday's 8.1-magnitude earthquake that hit offshore in Mexico prompted the Los Angeles County Office of Emergency Management to remind Southlanders today of the importance of earthquake preparedness.

"The Los Angeles County region is vulnerable to large-scale earthquakes similar to the one that struck Mexico,'' said Ken Kondo of the L.A. County OEM. ``All county residents and businesses (should) take the necessary steps now to prepare for earthquakes and other hazards and threats.''

The OEM issued the following tips:
   -- To receive emergency notifications, register your cellular telephone
and landline telephones at Alert LA County at the website to
http://lacounty.gov/emergency/alert-la.
   -- When you are in public places, be aware of your surroundings and
identify your safe spaces.
   -- If you experience shaking, the recommended actions are described in the slogan ``Drop, Take Cover, and Hold On.'' Drop under a piece of furniture; take cover under the piece of furniture by protecting your head and neck with one arm/hand; and hold on to the piece of furniture's leg to keep it from shifting or uncovering you until the shaking completely stops.
   -- Never run out of buildings during an earthquake, as most people are
injured by falling debris as they try to exit buildings during the shaking.
   -- If you experience shaking and are in a wheelchair or walker, lock
your wheels, and cover your head and neck area with a pillow or some type of
object that will deflect the debris from falling on to you.

For information to register online for 2017 Great California ShakeOut, access https://shakeout.org/california/register.

For more information on how to prepare for earthquakes and other hazards and threats in Los Angeles County, OEM has available online the ``County of Los Angeles Emergency Survival Guide'' at http://lacounty.gov/emergency.

Also, Los Angeles County residents, renters, and business owners, including persons with disabilities and others with access and functional needs, may call 211 LA County at any time for emergency preparedness information and other referral services. The toll-free 2-1-1 number is available 24 hours a day and seven days a week. 211 LA County services can also be accessed online by visiting www.211la.org.

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