City of Long Beach 
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Long Beach, CA 90802

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # 083021
Long Beach Marks National Preparedness Month in September by Encouraging Residents to Plan Ahead
Residents reminded to protect themselves and loved ones before disaster strikes
Reginald Harrison
Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Communications

Long Beach, CA - September is National Preparedness Month, and while the City continues to mitigate the long-term effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Communications (DPEC) is reminding residents that other types of emergencies such as earthquakes, floods and tsunamis can happen at any time. 

“Planning ahead and preparing your homes and families before a disaster strikes is the key to being resilient after a catastrophic event,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “It is essential that we build a culture of preparedness to protect ourselves and those around us.”

The 2021 National Preparedness Month theme is “Prepare to Protect,” and the City of Long Beach’s campaign will be in line with that theme, focusing on a whole community approach. Activities will be designed to educate and encourage residents to be more prepared to help themselves and others in their neighborhood who may need additional assistance during an emergency. 

DPEC is partnering with the Long Beach Community Response Team (CERT) to run weekly social media promotions throughout September with preparedness-related trivia questions for a chance to win items that could be helpful in a natural disaster or other emergency. The department will also conduct various webinars with community partner organizations to discuss topics such as the City’s Hazard Mitigation Plan, COVID-19, California wildfires and more.

Before the end of the month, DPEC’s goal is to inspire more Long Beach residents to make a plan and build a preparedness kit that would allow them to be self-sufficient for up to seven days during an emergency, in addition to learning basic lifesaving skills such as CPR and first aid techniques.

“We want to instill and support resiliency in our residents and business community to respond and recover quickly from a disaster,” said Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Communications Department Director Reggie Harrison. “Residents should also sign-up for Alert Long Beach, to receive emergency notifications from the City in the event of a disaster.”

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) also recognizes National Preparedness Month and urges communities every September to plan ahead because disasters don’t wait.

More information about Long Beach’s planned activities for National Preparedness Month can be found on the DPEC website, or contact the Emergency Communications and Operations Center at 562.570.9250. 

About the City of Long Beach
Home to approximately 470,000 people, the multiple award-winning and innovative City of Long Beach offers all the world-class amenities of a large metropolitan city while maintaining a strong sense of individual and diverse neighborhoods nestled together along the California coast. As a full-service charter city, Long Beach is home to the Queen Mary, Aquarium of the Pacific, several museums and theaters, a highly-rated school district, Long Beach Airport, the Port of Long Beach, as well as many award-winning City departments such as Health and Human Services; Parks, Recreation and Marine; Development Services; Public Works and more. The City also has a highly respected university and city college, two historic ranchos, five hospitals, 12 libraries, five golf courses, 169 parks, miles of beaches, marinas, bike paths and a Bike Share program.

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About Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Communications
The mission of the Department of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Communications is to protect the lives and property of the community and first responders through comprehensive planning, training and communication to ensure that daily requests for emergency services, as well as response, recovery, and mitigation for major emergencies and disasters is completed in an effective and efficient manner.