PALMDALE – The city of Palmdale’s neighborhood services department will host a free disaster preparedness basics presentation this Tuesday, Jan. 26.
It starts at 7 p.m. in the City Council Chamber, located at 38300 Sierra Highway, Suite B.
The presentation will offer how-to information, materials on how to be properly prepared, and examples of emergency preparedness supplies. The presentation will feature “bug out” bags, portable kits that contain the items required to survive for 72 hours when evacuating from a disaster.
“We face the potential of several different kinds of disasters that can strike here in the Antelope Valley,” stated Crime Prevention Officer Kery German. “Earthquakes are fairly common, and the experts are saying that a magnitude 5.0 earthquake is 99 percent likely to hit the Los Angeles area within next three years.”
“Fires are another threat that we must prepare for,” added German. “Our drought conditions over the past several years have greatly increased the risk of wildfires.”
The expected El Niño conditions this winter, while helping the drought, could lead to incidents of catastrophic flooding.
“Flooding is the most common natural disaster in the United States and can happen anywhere — including the Antelope Valley as we have seen,” added German. “The best time to protect your family and property in regards to disasters is before they happen. We encourage our residents to come to this free presentation and learn how easy it is to be prepared.”
For more information on the free disaster preparedness basics presentation, contact Palmdale’s crime prevention office at 661-267-5170.
[Information via news release from the city of Palmdale.]