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Be Prepared for Emergencies

Local Emergency Preparedness and Response Systems

The recent tornadoes in Oklahoma serve as an important reminder to all of us to be prepared for emergencies. In addition, if you are considering offering help to those in need due to the tornadoes, go to the American Red Cross website at http://www.redcross.org/ for more information about how to help with disaster relief.

Here at home, Pasadena's Public Safety officials urge everybody to prepare emergency supplies, including "Go Kits" for homes and cars and evacuation plans for their family and pets that will help you and your loved ones survive following a major disaster.

Emergency preparedness plans should include having enough food, water, medicine, flashlights, batteries, clothing and other supplies for each person and pet in your household to last at least three days to week, or longer if possible.

If you are not prepared, start by watching an informative, 12-minute disaster preparedness video posted at www.cityofpasadena.net/Disaster_Preparedness_Video/.

This important emergency preparedness video has been updated and is now available in English and Spanish, with captions and audio descriptions in both English and Spanish. Additional disaster preparedness info is available at the following website, http://ww2.cityofpasadena.net/disaster/ including a handy "Emergency Survival Guide" prepared by the County of Los Angeles.

Pasadena's emergency management officials also urge all residents to sign up for emergency alerts and other information from the City by joining the Pasadena Local Emergency Alert System, or PLEAS. PLEAS uses both text and voice messages to keep residents and community members in Pasadena informed in case of citywide or major emergencies. Subscribers will receive a message with the latest information and safety instructions. Go to www.cityofpasadena.net/Fire/PLEAS/ to register today.

Residents also need to sign up to get Nixle, www.Nixle.com alerts from the City and consider following the City's main Twitter account, https://twitter.com/PasadenaGov that uses the "@PasadenaGov" handle.

Public safety officials also recommend everybody should also consider taking emergency preparedness training courses offered by the Pasadena Fire Department. Learn more about the Pasadena Emergency Response Training (PERT) online at http://www.cityofpasadena.net/Fire/PERT/.



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