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LA Wants You To Know: When The Big One Hits, ‘We’re Not Coming’ To Save You

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LA Wants You To Know: When The Big One Hits, 'We're Not Coming' To Save You

LOS ANGELES (LAist) — The two huge Ridgecrest earthquakes that rocked Southern California earlier this month shook a lot of people out of their earthquake apathy.

For the city of Los Angeles, the quakes presented an opportunity to promote greater readiness through a program that brings emergency management officials into people’s living rooms.

The city launched its Ready Your L.A. Neighborhood program last year to teach Angelenos a simple truth: When the big one hits, the government probably isn’t going to come save you.

“We don’t have enough police officers and firemen” to help everyone affected by a huge quake, said Crisanta Gonzalez of the city’s Emergency Management Department. “We’re not coming.”

As severe weather has become more common, this “you’re on your own” approach to disaster preparation has become the industry standard. Today, cities across the country are embracing the idea that the best first responders in any natural disaster are your neighbors, Gonzalez said.

Ready Your L.A. Neighborhood workshops teach people what they need to have on […]

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