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Be Prepared in an Emergency

You know what they say – BETTER SAFE THAN SORRY!

Do you know what to do if there is an electrical outage, earthquake or a home fire?   Here in San Pedro any of these emergency situations could happen. We should always be prepared by having an emergency plan in place.

Prepare, Plan, Stay Informed

Learn more about how to stay safe in an emergency by reading our local emergency preparedness blog. COPE Preparedness


Electrical Power OutageShort-Term Power Failures

Don’t panic! Calmly check to see if your neighbors still have electricity. If they do, the problem is likely inside your home. Check your main fuses and circuit breakers to see if they have blown or tripped. Replacing a fuse or resetting a circuit breaker may restore your electricity.

To make an outage easier to cope with, keep an adequate supply of the following on hand at all times. These should be kept in a cool, dry place and all members of the family should know where to find them.

  • Flashlights
  • Battery-operated radio
  • Candles and matches
  • Extra supply of batteries for flashlights and radio
  • Basic first-aid supplies
  • A small supply of drinking water and food
  • Baby supplies if an infant is in the home

The most important thing to do in an emergency is to always stay clam. When the right precautions are taken, there is no need to panic.


There are things you can do to protect yourself, your family and your property in the event of an earthquake.

Before – Be sure that large items in your home are secure and will not fall in the event of an earthquake. This includes bookshelves, cabinets, paintings, etc.
During – Drop, cover and hold on. Minimize your movements to a few steps to a nearby safe place and if you are indoors, stay there until the shaking has stopped and you are sure exiting is safe.
After – When the shaking stops, look around to make sure it is safe to move.

Here are a few places to learn more about what to do before, during and after an earthquake:

Earthquake Kits

Earthquakes can leave people in rough situations. Be sure that you and your family have everything you need to stay safe, just in case, by always having an earthquake kit readily available. You can either purchase a prepackaged kit or make your own.

Prepackaged Earthquake Kits: QuakeKareRed Cross

Make your own kit: Red Cross Earthquake Kit List

Additional resources: Home Preparedness

Being prepared is so easy, but not being prepared can make things very difficult. Stay safe in case of earthquakes!


Home FireMost home fires occur in the kitchen while cooking. Because kitchen fires are the most common home fires, they are also the leading cause of injury from fire.

Home fires are preventable! The following are simple steps that each of us can take to help prevent kitchen fires.


  • Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling, or broiling food. If you leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, turn off the stove.
  • Wear short, close-fitting or tightly rolled sleeves when cooking.
  • Do not cook if you are sleepy, have been drinking alcohol, or have taken medicine that makes you drowsy.
  • Keep children away from cooking areas by enforcing a “kid-free zone” of 3 feet around the stove.
  • Position barbecue grills at least 10 feet away from siding and deck railings, and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.

Click here for more information about home fires.