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12 Months of Preparedness

12 Months of Preparedness

    December - Identity Theft

    Holidays are a prime time for identity theft.

    Identity Theft occurs when someone wrongfully uses your personal identification to obtain credit, loans, services, even rentals and mortgages in your name. They may even commit crimes while impersonating you!

    Also know that these protective measures will not guarantee that a criminal will not get access to your credit from a "less than cautious" credit grantor.


    November - Candle with Care

    Practice safe candle use.

    Never leave a burning candle unattended.

    October - Public Health Emergencies

    What you should know about public health emergencies.

    Public Health Emergencies may be related to incidents or outbreaks of infectious disease (example: pandemic flu, West Nile virus), food and waterborne illnesses (examples: Salmonella, E. coli) and other threats to the public’s health and safety. Although the nature of each threat varies greatly, there are steps that you can take to protect yourself.


    September - Terrorism

    In today's world, you must be prepared for anything.

    Earthquakes, floods and wildfires are frightening experiences for most of us. Fear is a natural human reaction to natural disasters and other events that hit suddenly and seem to threaten our safety, our loved ones, and our daily lives. Terrorists use this natural reaction to multiply the effect of their actions in order to advance their political or social goals. Like bullies in the schoolyard, terrorists want to intimidate and frighten others to get their own way.

    August - Back to School Preparedness

    Protecting your children while they're away.

    There is a lot that can be done by school officials to plan for disasters, to limit the risk, to protect the safety of students and teachers, and to ensure that schools recover quickly.  All schools should have an emergency response plan that addresses the following:

    July - Heat Wave

    Record setting heat can be dangerous.    


    During an average summer, some 200 people across the country die due to heat injuries from exposure to high summer temperatures.


    Clearly, heat can be a force, particularly in Southern California, where temperatures exceeding 100 degrees in the suburban valleys and 110 degrees in the low desert areas are not uncommon during the summer and fall.


    June - Travel Safety

    What you can do now to plan a safe trip.

    Whether it is a weekend away or a vacation of a lifetime, a little time away from home can be full of fun and adventure. In a post 9/11 world, the prospect of traveling may seem frightening for some people.  The good news is that with a little extra planning and attention to detail, vacations and business trips can still be safe and enjoyable.

    May - Wildland Fire Preparedness

    Fight fire before it happens.

    Southern California is prime for another major fire disaster, due to a persistent drought, urban sprawl of communities encroaching into areas of wildland, and millions of acres of vegetation that have not burned in many years. Preparedness is the key to surviving wildland fires.

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    March - Emergency Financial Kits

    72-Hour Emergency Financial Kits are often overlooked.

    After a damaging earthquake or other disaster, it may not be “business as usual.” Banks and ATMs might be closed for an indefinite period. Be prepared with an Emergency Financial Kit.


    Emergency Cash

    Include in your emergency kit a sufficient amount of cash to get you through the emergency period. You will need cash to purchase food, gas, and other emergency supplies. Store emergency cash in small bills (ones, fives, and tens are best).


    February - Life Skills

    Give youself the tools to handle and emergency.

    The ability of your neighborhood, workplace, or school to respond effectively during and after an emergency incident depends on how well you use the resources in the community. Local fire, law enforcement, medical services, and other personnel may be overwhelmed and unable to assist you after a disaster. To better prepare yourself, your family, business, work location, and/or school, you should take classes, and/or learn about other resources that can assist you in an emergency.