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Emergency Preparedness


The purpose of the Emergency Preparedness Program of the City of Arcadia is to prepare for and respond effectively to major emergencies. The program establishes and maintains an Emergency Management System which coordinates preparedness, response, and recovery phases for natural disasters, technological disasters and national security emergencies.

The Emergency Management Program includes all elements necessary to respond quickly and effectively to major emergencies.  These elements include: an Emergency Management Plan, an Emergency Operations Center, an Emergency Management Team, Public Safety Officers, an Employee Safety Officer Program, a Public Education Program and trained volunteers.


Chen Suen
Battalion Chief/Emergency Preparedness Coordinator
(626) 574-5111

Be READY.  Get SET.  GO Early.

Remember, the key to survival is preparation.

Think about what will happen if the roads are blocked, power lines go down, trees fall, water tanks or the sewer system break, City facilities and equipment become unreachable or inoperable, traffic signals do not operate, public safety communications equipment malfunctions ..... what if City employees and first responders are unable to get to Arcadia because of road blockages or other problems?  

The City of Arcadia and other local agencies will certainly do everything possible to assist but if a major disaster were to occur, it is important to remember that resources will also be extremely limited.  We hope you will take the following emergency preparedness tips and make a serious effort to plan and prepare for an emergency or disaster that could strike at any time. 

  1.    MAKE A PLAN

       Planning ahead is the first step to a calmer and more assured disaster response.

a)    Talk.  Discuss with your family the disasters that can happen where you live.  Establish responsibilities for each member of your household and plan to work together as a team.  Designated alternatives in case someone is absent.

b)    Get a communication plan.  Choose two (2) places to meet after disaster:

      •  Right outside your home, in case of a sudden emergency such as a fire.
      •  Outside your neighborhood, in case you cannot return home or are asked to evacuate your neighborhood.

Choose a relative who lives at least 100 miles away who can be contacted by all family members.  Have everyone carry this contact information with them at all times.

 Get to know the emergency plans for your child’s school or daycare center.

 c)   Learn.  Each adult in your household should learn how and when to turn off utilities such as electricity, water, and gas.  Ask someone at the Fire Department to show you how to use the fire extinguisher you store in your home.

 d)    Check supplies.  Review your disaster supplies and replace water and food every six months.

Depending onthe disaster and its strength, you might not have access to food, water and electricity for days or even weeks.  By taking some time to store emergency food and water supplies, you can provide for your entire family.

Having an ample supply of clean water is a top priority.  A normally active person needs at least one gallon per person, per day.  You should store at least a two-week supply of water for each member of your family.  If supplies run low, never ration water.  Drink the amount you need today, and try to find more tomorrow.  You can minimize the amount of water your body needs by reducing activity and staying cool.

Try to keep a full tank of gas in your car in case evacuation is necessary.

 e)    Tell.  Let everyone in the household know where the emergency contact information is kept.  Make copies for everyone to carry with them.  Be sure to include an out-of-town contact.  It may be easier to call out of the area if local phone lines are overloaded or out of service.  Keep the information updated.

 f)      Practice.  Practice evacuating your home at least twice a year.  Drive your planned evacuation route and plot alternative routes on a map in case main roads are impassable or gridlocked.  Practice earthquake and fire drills at home, school, and work.

 2.   BUILD A KIT       
        Plan to store enough supplies for everyone in your household for at least a week.  If possible, plan for 8 – 14 days.

Store your disaster supplies in a sturdy but easy-to-carry container, sealed with a tape.  A large covered trash container, overnight backpack or duffel bag  will work.       Keep a smaller version of the kit in your vehicle.  If you become stranded or are not able to return home, having some items with you will help you be more comfortable   until help arrives.

       First Aid Kit

      •  Hydrogen peroxide to wash and disinfect wounds
      • Antibiotic ointment for dressing wounds
      • Individually wrapped alcohol swabs
      • Antacids
      •  Aspirin and non-aspirin tablets
      •  Prescriptions from doctor for any long term medications (keep these current)
      •  Diarrhea medicine
      •  Laxatives
      • Syrup of Ipecac (to induce vomiting)
      • Vitamin supplements
      • Eye drops
      • 4” x 4” gauze dressings
      •  Ace bandages
      • Bandages and splinting materials
      •  Rolled gauze, one each of 1”, 2” and 3” wide
      • Cotton-tipped swabs
      • Adhesive tape roll ½” or 1” wide
      • Bandage, sterile roll 2” x 4” wide
      • 3 large triangular bandages (36” x 36” x 50”)
      • Instant cold pack for sprains and burns
      • Ammonia inhalant (smelling salts)
      • Instant hand sanitizer
      • First aid book
      • Disposable gloves
      • Sugar packets
      • Burn cream
      • Thermometer

 Emergency Survival Kit

      • Writing materials (pen, pencil, and paper)
      • Scissors
      • Tweezers
      • Soap
      • Sunscreen lotion
      • Plastic bags
      • Plastic spoons, knives, and forks
      • Paper plates and cups
      • Waterproof matches
      • Safety pins
      • Needle and thread
      • Mylar space blankets
      • Pocket knife, multi-function knife
      • Pre-moistened handy wipes
      • Safety glasses
      • Dust masks
      • Work gloves
      • Fire extinguisher (s) (A-B-C type)
      • Tools: wrench, pliers, hammer, axe, shovel, screwdriver
      • Manual can opener
      • Food preparation materials
      • Flashlight, lantern, candles
      • Whistle
      • Warming packs
      • Portable radio and batteries
      • Extra batteries of all sizes
      • Food and water
      • Toilet paper, tissues, paper towels
      • Tarp
      • Survival guide
      • Household liquid bleach
      • Duct tape
      • Personal effects (i.e. toothbrush, toothpaste, comb, soap, sanitary napkins, and extra eyeglasses)
      • Copies of important papers (e.g. ID cards, insurance, birth certificates, passports, mortgage, financial/legal documents, etc.)
      • Crowbar
      • Rope
      • Backpack to carry necessary items in case you have to venture on foot
      • Light sticks
      • Coffee filters or clean cloth for water filtering
      • Poncho with hood
      • Blankets or sleeping bags
      • Eyeglasses or contact glasses, and set of keys
      • Cash and change
      • Baby supplies (e.g. disposable diapers, wipes, formula, clothing and any medication)
      • Change of clothing
      • Sturdy shoes
      • Large plastic trash bags for waste, to use as tarps, and rain ponchos
      • Maps
      • Cooler
      • Garden hose for siphoning and fire fighting
      • Aluminum foil
      • Pet supplies (e.g. food, water, leash, litter box, tags, medication and vaccination information)


       When a major disaster occurs, your community can change in an instant.  Loved ones can be hurt and emergency
       response can be significantly delayed.  Make sure that at least one member of your household is trained in first aid
       and CPR.  

      Contact your local American Red Cross Chapter at (626) 447-2193 for class descriptions, times, and information 
      about first aid, CPR and Community Disaster Education. 


Emergency Pet Decals:

635685343369070000City of Arcadia Emergency Pet Decals notify rescue personnel that there are animals inside that also need to be saved.
Fill out the decal with your pets' information and affix the static cling sticker to the window nearest an entry into your house.

To pick up your free Emergency Pet Decal, go to an Arcadia Fire Station, Arcadia City Hall, or call (626) 574-5100. 


Other useful disaster preparedness information includes:

Links to state and federal agencies that provide useful information related to emergency preparedness:


Published: July 27, 2021