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Thursday, May 8, 2014

LOS ANGELES COUNTY PRESS RELEASE - FIRST ANNUAL LA COUNTY PLEDGE TO PREPARE

LOS ANGELES COUNTY OFFICE OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT LAUNCHES “PLEDGE TO PREPARE” CAMPAIGN


The Los Angeles County Office of Emergency Management (OEM) in partnership with the White House Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Americorps National Civilian Community Corps, Federal Emergency Management Agency Corps (NCCC FEMA Corps), Emergency Network Los Angeles, American Red Cross, and Preparation & Awareness for Community Resiliency in Emergencies and Disasters announced the launching of the First Annual “LA County Pledge to Prepare” campaign that encourages Houses of Worship and Community-Based Organizations (CBOs) based in Los Angeles County to host disaster preparedness events and activities in their community during the weekend of June 6-8.

To support the Houses of Worship and CBOs who are interested in hosting disaster preparedness events and activities in their communities, OEM and NCCC FEMA Corps are providing the following informational materials:
·         Information Flyer
·         Webpage located at OEM website http://lacoa.org/prepare
·         Social Media (Twitter: @PledgetoPrepare & Facebook: Los Angeles County Pledge to Prepare)

There are different tiers of activities to choose from allowing each location the ability to select an activity that works for them.

Los Angeles County residents, renters, and business owners, including persons with disabilities and others with access and functional needs, may call 211 LA County for emergency preparedness information, and other referral services. 

The toll-free 2-1-1 number is available 24 hours a day and seven days a week. 211 LA County services can also be accessed by visiting http://211la.org.

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