Earthquake Preparedness Starts at Home

Kari Garcia, Council Member David Ryu, Conrad Starr and Tammy Rosato kicked off September’s National Preparedness Month with an earthquake preparedness information session for neighbors in Miracle Mile, La Brea Hancock and Sycamore Square.

Neighbors in Miracle Mile, La Brea Hancock and Sycamore Square kicked off September,  National Preparedness Month, with a comprehensive session on earthquake preparedness. It was led by Sycamore Square Neighborhood Association president Conrad Starr, who also serves as the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council‘s Resilience Liaison and is a neighborhood lead in Battalion 18 of the city’s Community Emergency Response Team. Joining Starr as co-leaders were La Brea Hancock residents Tammy and Frank Rosato, and Miracle Mile resident Kari Garcia.

City Council Member David Ryu encourages neighbors to get to know each other and get their neighborhoods ready in the event of an earthquake.

City Council Member David Ryu kicked off the meeting by stressing the importance of neighbors working together following an earthquake, because city resources may be deployed elsewhere, addressing the most severe situations. Ryu also noted that the City of Los Angeles Emergency Management Department has developed a program called Ready Your LA Neighborhood (RYLAN), which offers advice on how residents can organize and be more prepared for the next big disaster. The first step, he said, is “mapping” your neighborhood by creating a map showing where to find all the residents who have special needs and skills, etc. The service is free and available to all neighborhoods in the city.

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Next, Starr presented a comprehensive review of possible disaster scenarios, and lots of resources for residents to get even more information.  And Garcia provided a good infographic noting the Seven Steps to Earthquake Safety.

Additional links from the presentation included:

Finally, Starr reminded everyone that “we will be our own ‘first responders’ in the golden hour after the “Big One,” and invited everyone to register today for a Disaster First Aid Workshop with Marci Sandell (EMT, CERT) on September 24th  from 7-9 p.m.

The seminar will cover the following topics.

  • The 3 Killers: Airway, Bleeding & Shock
  • Hands Only CPR (discussion only)
  • How to Triage
  • Stopping the Bleed
  • Bandaging / Splinting
  • Use of a Tourniquet
  • and much more…

“Here’s an opportunity to learn who to treat first, how to treat them, and how to keep minor injuries from becoming life-threatening,” said Starr.

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About Patricia Lombard

Patricia Lombard is the co-editor and publisher of the Larchmont Buzz. Patty lives with her family in Fremont Place. She has been active in neighborhood issues since moving here in 1989. Her pictorial history, "Larchmont" for Arcadia Press is available at Chevalier's Books.

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