The City of Long Beach is augmenting its emergency management
systems by training 150 employees to help the City be better
prepared to manage a large-scale natural or man-made
"We should all be ready in case of a disaster," said Mayor Bob
Foster. "Giving these employees additional training will help
our City get back on its feet quicker after a major
All City employees are trained to be disaster workers should the
need arise; however, the All Hazard Incident Management Team
(AHIMT) curriculum follows federally approved standards for the
principals of management, logistics, operations, planning, and
finance necessary to manage complex, lengthy incidents that could
require responses from multiple agencies or jurisdictions.
Classes are comprised of both sworn and non-sworn staff to meet the
emergency response needs for large-scale events, both planned and
unplanned. Real-world scenarios and tabletop exercises are
used to provide a realistic simulation of emergency management
challenges and best practice solutions.
"One of the major benefits of this training is the opportunity for
staff from different departments, with different areas of
expertise, to work together just as they would during an actual
emergency," said Deputy City Manager Reginald Harrison.
“Recent disasters across the country remind us all that we
cannot wait to be prepared.”
The City is currently conducting the third of five (AHIMT) classes.
Staff from all City departments including Police, Fire, Public
Works, Airport, Parks, Recreation and Marine, Port of Long Beach,
and Health train together with members from non-governmental
organizations such as local hospitals and schools as well as the
American Red Cross in exercises developed to teach the National
Incident Management System.
Facilitated by the Incident Management Training Consortium (IMTC),
this training is funded through Homeland Security Grants.
Additional training will be provided as new grants funds become
As the City continues to enhance its emergency response training,
residents are strongly advised to prepare for an earthquake and be
self-sufficient for five days in the event of a large-scale
incident. Create an earthquake plan for your home and family,
put together an earthquake kit (food, water, tools, etc.) and make
sure all of your family members know what to do in an earthquake.
Further, all residents are encouraged to sign up for Community
Emergency Response Team (CERT) training.
The Long Beach Fire Department conducts this free program to train
the public how to become self-sufficient during major disasters.
More information is available at www.longbeach.gov/Fire/Community-Outreach/CERT/