posted on May, 14 2013 @ 03:46 PM
LA Emergencies & Threats
One of the most important functions for the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) is fire prevention.
Los Angeles is prone to 13 of 16 possible federally-identified natural and man-made threats. Los Angeles is particularly vulnerable to the
destructive affects wildfires, flooding, mudslides and earthquakes. Because of the many threats that Los Angeles faces, the importance of readiness as
a city and for residents cannot be overstated. Part of disaster preparedness is being aware of the kinds of hazards and disasters you might be subject
to living in as a Los Angeles resident. Here’s a list.
Earthquakes | Fire | Severe Weather and Flooding | Extreme Heat |
Extreme Cold | Landslides | Hurricane | Tornado | Tsunami |
Terrorism | Cyber Crime | Public Health |Chemical Emergencies |
• Each year, fire kills more Americans than all other natural disasters combined.
• Careless smoking is the leading cause of fire-related deaths.
• Cooking is the major cause of home fires in the U.S.
• About 2 million fires are reported each year, though thousands more go unreported.
• Wildfires are most common in the summer, fall and during droughts when branches, leaves and other materials dry out, leaving them susceptible to
earily catching fire.
• Earthquakes can occur in cold, hot, rainy or dry weather; there is no such thing as “earthquake weather.”
Special report: Big California quake likely to devastate state
Hot desert winds could fan fires that quakes inevitably cause, overwhelming fire departments, even as ancient water pipelines burst, engineers and