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Long Beach Fire Department
Tuesday October 1st, 2013 :: 08:24 p.m. PDT


Long Beach Fire and the American Red Cross partner to prepare our community. Build your Disaster Kits. "21 Weeks to Prepare" Week 5

As we move into October, it is important that we continue to promote preparedness. This is an ongoing process and our 5th week of "21 Weeks to Prepare" Please continue to assemble your disaster preparedness kits.

For those of you just joining us, in an effort to support both individual and family preparedness, the Long Beach Fire Department in partnership with the American Red Cross started "21 Weeks to Prepare" at the beginning of September as part of National Preparedness Month. Every week you will receive a notification via Nixle with a weekly checklist of items to place in your Disaster Preparedness Kit. After 21 weeks, you will have assembled a complete kit.

Our goal is to prepare our community. In a manageable and affordable process, we want to give you the tools for success. Weekly checklists are based on a family of 4. Add or subtract based on your specific individual or family needs.

Customize your kit for your family: The list below is intended to simply provide possible suggestions for individual needs. In no way is it intended to be representative of an entire age group.

For Baby: Baby food, formula, bottles, diapers, extra water for formula and washing bottles.

For Seniors: Oxygen, walker, adult diapers, hearing aid with extra batteries and extra medications.

For Children: Toys, travel games, extra batteries, stuffed animal, cards, crayons, paper, books.

For Pets: Carrier, medicines, inoculation and health records, ID tags, photo of you with your pet(s).

For questions, please e-mail


Check off each item as you go:

___ 1 gallon of water.

___ 1 liquid dish soap.

___ 2 rolls of toilet paper.

___ 1 box of facial tissue.

___ Weather Radio - Set aside $1.75
(Save $1.75 a week and purchase your weather radio at the end of 21 weeks).

That’s it for Week 5. You have a week to set aside the above items.

There is still time to "Get Prepared". If you didn't complete your list over the last four weeks, it's not too late! Join Us! It’s about taking care of yourself, your family, and assisting your neighbors and those around you. We are all in this together.

When disaster strikes, Are you Prepared?

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See you next week.

Long Beach Fire Department
3205 Lakewood Boulevard
Long Beach, CA 90808

Emergency: 9-1-1

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