Emergency Preparedness

Emergency Supplies


In the event of an emergency, call 9-1-1.

The Los Angeles Department of Aging is not a medical provider or first responders and does not provide emergency response services. This is solely for informational purposes only.

What Is Our Role?

When an emergency event happens, the Los Angeles Department of Aging will: 

  • Coordinate with various City Departments and our Multipurpose Senior Centers to facilitate emergency response and recovery.
  • Assess how quickly we can restore our Centers' programs and services
  • Provide information and updates to designated emergency preparedness coordinators

Our Key Partners

We work with the Emergency Management Department and the Department on Disability to:

  • Prove current resources and assess existing ones
  • Maintain current community profile inventories
  • Work together to facilitate emergency preparedness efforts, response, and recovery
  • Plan specialized emergency response programs for homebound and frail adults
  • Address identified gaps in services

Why Should You Plan and Prepare?

  • It could save your life
  • Disasters can be traumatic
  • It is important to have a support network in place
  • Your expectations will be more realistic
  • You will have more control

What Should You Do To Prepare? 

Step 1: Educate yourself on available resources. 

  • Visit the City of Los Angeles Emergency Management Department at HERE to get updates, preparedness tips and additional resources

Step 2: Form a Plan and prepare a Go-Kit.

A Go-Kit should be readily accessible, easy to carry, and can sustain you for at least seven days. Below is a list of recommended items to be used as a guideline. You may need to add items based on your unique needs and situation. Check your Kit every six months to make sure items are in working order and not expired.

  • Water and Non-Perishable Food

  • Medication for at least seven days

  • Copies of important documents in re-sealable plastic bags

  • Emergency Contact Phone Numbers

  • Solar Blanket

  • First Aid Kit

  • Extra Eyeglasses

  • Cash

  • Photos of Family and Pets

  • Flashlight

  • Extra Clothes

  • Toilet Paper and Sanitary Supplies

  • Other items personalized to your needs 

  • Knowledge of evacuation site and/or safe location 

Step 3: Sign up for the city-wide notification system.

  • NotifyLA: Sign up online HERE
  • Nixle: Text your zip code to 888-777 or sign up online HERE.


Additional Resources To Help You Prepare

The emergency preparedness slide presentation and handouts below are to raise awareness and to be better informed.

Emergency Preparedness "Go-Kits"

It is strongly recommended that everyone make a "Go-Kit" (a simple back-pack style carrier) in the event they need to evacuate quickly. The most important items for a Go-Kit are to have 7-days of your prescription medications and an individual size bottle of water, along with additional suggested survival items. Click on the following links for further details on preparing a "Go-Kit"