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How Prepared is Los Angeles For a Natural Disaster?
City Controller Wendy Greuel isn't missing an opportunity to take a critical look at Los Angeles' emergency response plans after Hurricane Irene took most of the East Coast out of commission this weekend. She has announced an audit of L.A.'s current emergency disaster preparedness plans."The destruction and wreckage along the East Coast remind us that natural disasters, including earthquakes, flash floods and fires can hit at any time and ravage communities," said Greuel, via a news release.
The audit, which is expected to take three to six months to complete, will examine what measures are in place to help the city and its residents get through a major earthquake or other disaster. In 2008, a similar audit revealed the the City lacked an overall strategic plan to respond to a natural disaster, and while Greuel acknowledges there are new emergency preparedness directives being put in place, she says she wants "to make sure Los Angeles gets this right."
For our part, Greuel suggests all Angelenos check their emergency supplies to ensure all households have things like flashlights, batteries, canned food, bottled water, and evacuation plans at the ready. Need some help with that? After last week's East Coast earthquake, Los Angeles County officials shared their 7 tips for being prepared for an earthquake. Or: Take a CERT class!
Southern California's Snow-Capped Mountains Are Beautiful. Here's Where To Maximize The View (And Snap A Great Picture)It's been many, many years since we saw this much snow in our mountains. Going up there right now isn't safe, but here are some places where you can enjoy the view and snap a pic.
April Valentine died at Centinela Hospital. Her daughter was born by emergency C-section. She'd gone into the pregnancy with a plan, knowing Black mothers like herself were at higher risk.
A look at years past when snows creeped into our citified neighborhoods, away from the mountains and foothills.
In the face of a drier future, that iconic piece of Americana is on its way out in Southern California.
Another Missing Hiker Has Been Found Dead In San Gabriels As Search For Actor Julian Sands ContinuesBob Gregory, 62, went missing the same day as Sands. His body was recovered near Mount Islip.