The recent earthquake in Nepal this past weekend, reminds us that a catastrophic earthquake could occur at a moment’s notice. The Los Angeles County region is vulnerable to large-scale earthquakes similar to the one in Nepal. The Los Angeles County Office of Emergency Management (OEM) wants to remind all County residents to take the necessary steps to prepare for earthquakes.

The following are some preparedness tips on what to do during an earthquake:

 ◆    When you are in public places, be aware of your surroundings and identify your safe spaces.

◆    If you experience shaking, the recommended actions are to Drop under a piece of furniture. Take Cover under the piece of furniture by protecting your head and neck with one arm/hand. Hold On to the piece of furniture’s leg to keep it from shifting or uncovering you until the shaking completely stops. Learn more at www.DropCoverHoldOn.org.

◆    Do not 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, lock your wheels; cover your head and neck area with a pillow or some type of object that will deflect the debris from falling on to you.

◆    To receive emergency notifications, register your cellular telephone and landlines at Alert LA County, go to http://lacounty.gov/emergency/alert-la.

 For more information on how to prepare for earthquakes and other hazards and threats, OEM has available the following emergency preparedness programs:

◆         County of Los Angeles Emergency Survival Guide – http://lacounty.gov

◆         Specific Needs Awareness Planning – http://lacounty.gov, https://snap.lacounty.gov

◆         Emergency Survival Program available at http://www.espfocus.org

 Los Angeles County residents, renters, and business owners, including persons with disabilities and others with access and functional needs, may call 211 LA County 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 by visiting http://211la.org.