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City Reminds Residents to Prepare for Emergencies

This week's earthquake, which was centered in Beverly Hills, is an excellent reminder of why planning ahead is so important.

September is National Preparedness Month and the city of Beverly Hills is reminding the residential and business community of the importance of preparing yourself and your family for the unexpected.

A major disaster could overwhelm emergency and city service resources. To prepare for emergencies, citizens are encouraged to be self-sufficient for at least seven days.

Here are ways that you can plan ahead:

  • Make a Kit: Have supplies at home and kits in your car and at work. Store a 14-day supply of water, a first aid kit, a battery powered flashlight and extra batteries. Make sure you have cash, clothing, tennis shoes, extra medications, personal hygiene supplies, important documents and pet supplies.
  • Make a Plan: Establish a plan for you and your family so everyone knows what they should do and where they should meet in case of an emergency—and practice that plan. Share out-of-state contact information with family and friends so messages can be relayed to loved ones if local communications are not available.
  • Be Informed: Sign up for the city's emergency telephone notification system here. You can also follow the city's Facebook page and Twitter account.

The city of Beverly Hills disaster hot line can be reached at 310-550-4680. Text BEVHILLS and 90210 to 888777 to receive text message alerts.

Monday's magnitude-3.3 earthquake, which was , is an excellent reminder of why preparing for emergencies is so important. You never know when disaster could strike.

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