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Start an emergency kit

Many of the things you should include in your emergency kit are already in your home! Look around and assemble key supplies:

  • Water: 1 gallon per person or pet per day (plan for 3-7 days)
  • Food: 3-7 day supply of non-perishable foods like granola bars, crackers, peanut butter, and canned food (don’t forget a manual can opener!), pet food, and baby formula
  • Battery-operated or hand-crank radio
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Duct tape and plastic sheeting
  • Hygiene supplies, toilet paper, wet wipes, garbage bags
  • Tools: Shut-off wrench for gas lines, hammer, pliers, shovel, axe, hard hat, working gloves
  • Local maps
  • Blankets and sleeping bags
  • Extra clothes and good shoes
  • Medications and spare or old eyeglasses
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Start your household emergency communication plan

Disasters rarely happen at an ideal time. Your family or household might not be at home or together when disaster strikes, so it’s important to have a plan for how to communicate if you are separated during a disaster


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Start receiving emergency alerts

NotifyLA is the City of Los Angeles emergency notification system, and it’s our best way to communicate with you during emergencies and disasters. It’s free and easy to sign up at

Get the Household
Preparedness Guide

Read the Emergency Preparedness Guide for more information on making an emergency plan, how to get involved, and what to do during a disaster.

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Watch our Emergency Training Videos

Quick Guide for How to Develop a Household Emergency Plan  

Emergency Survival Tips