After the powerful earthquake that shook Mexico, officials from the Los Angeles County Office of Emergency Management reminded Southern California residents of the importance of being ready in the event of a similar disaster in the region.
“The Los Angeles County region is vulnerable to a large-scale earthquake similar to the one impacting Mexico, ” an official from the Los Angeles County Emergency Management Office (OEM) said Friday as a reminder to of the importance of being ready in the event of a natural catastrophe.
The earthquake that struck Mexico early on Friday also triggered an alert for a possible tsunami in that country and throughout Central America. Seismologists have pointed out that the incident is the largest earthquake in the country in the last hundred years.
Mexican authorities have reported that at least 58 people died as a result of the tremor and approximately 200 have been reported missing. Government officials anticipate that both figures will continue to rise as rescue and recovery operations continue. With a magnitude of 8.2 the earthquake shook and left material damages to the zones of Oaxaca, Tabasco and Chiapas and also felt in the Mexican capital and in Guatemala.
As a result of what happened in Mexico, the OEM officers in Los Angeles gave the task of warning the inhabitants of the Californian city about the importance of being ready for a strong earthquake in the area.
“All residents and business owners must take the necessary steps now to prepare for earthquakes and other hazards and threats,” said Ken Kondo, a OEM member.
California is one of the most active seismic zones on planet Earth and the state is also vulnerable to tsunamis, floods, forest fires and even volcano eruptions.
For this, the organization distributed a list of recommendations including how to register to receive emergency alerts and how to register to participate in the ‘Great California ShakeOut’ drill , to be held Oct. 19.
The OEM also offers an online survival guide that is available in Spanish. This manual highlights four steps to be prepared in case of emergency: have a plan, store provisions, stay informed and participate.
10 fundamental measures
Among the main recommendations of the guide are:
1. Know the threats in your area.
2. Identify meeting points (outside your home, outside of your neighborhood).
3. Choose your out-of-state contact.
4. Study the evacuation routes (exits and alternative changes to leave the house).
5. Locate the service cutters (water, gas, electricity).
6. Study the emergency policies of schools and geriatric centers (shelters / emergency supplies, transportation).
7. Identify safe places to be covered in each room if necessary (under hard-standing tables and desks, against internal walls).
8. Additional medications.
9. Take special precautions for: children, seniors, pets, people with disabilities, non-English speakers.
10. Schedule annual exercises in case of emergency.
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