HB Emergency Information - FAQs

Q. What is emergency management?

Emergency management is the organization and management of resources and responsibilities for dealing with all aspects of emergencies, particularly mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery.

Q. What can I do to prepare myself and my family for an emergency?

One of the easiest things to become better prepared for an emergency is to establish an Emergency Plan. Educating yourself and your family is the best answer to emergency preparedness. Make time to sit down together, compile a list of "what if" questions that could occur during a disaster, and come up with answers. Plan in advance how you will contact one another, how you will get back together and what you will do in different situations. Depending on your circumstances and the nature of the emergency, the first important decision is whether you stay where you are or evacuate. Understand and plan for both possibilities.

Q. What kinds of supplies should I have available for a disaster?

Each home should prepare a home emergency supply kit that is organized and located for easy access during an emergency. Your emergency supplies should be sufficient to sustain you, your family, and pets for a minimum of 72 hours. A two week supply of medicines and prescription drugs is recommended as well.

A Basic Emergency Kit includes:

For a complete guide and further information as to what should be included in the supply kit, please see the Family Disaster Plan. Each family car should also have an emergency supply kit because a disaster may occur while you are away from home.

Q. What should you do if you hear about an emergency and your children are in school?

Schools should have an emergency plan. Check with your child's school to find out what the plan is, and to determine the proper actions to be taken during a disaster. If an emergency happens while children are in school, often the school will hold children until the area is safe and parents or a designated adult can pick them up. Parents should not drive to school to pick up children unless advised to do so; driving on the roadways may put you or your child in harm's way.

Q. How can I prepare my pet for an emergency?

Pets are also members of the family that should be included when preparing a family disaster plan. Incorporate how you will transport your pet when a disaster strikes. Also, include supplies for your pet in your home emergency supply kit, such as food, water, sanitation supplies, and toys. Placing a collar on your pet now with its rabies tags and identification is a good start in preparing your pet for a disaster. Further information can be obtained at pets section.

Q. What kinds of emergencies or disasters Huntington Beach Preparing for?

Disaster preparedness in Huntington Beach includes preparing for earthquake, flood, pandemic influenza, tsunami,, and terrorism, etc. For more information on how to prepare yourself, your family and your home for these disasters, please visit ReadyOC.org

Q. What is CERT

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area, and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help. CERT members also are encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community. Further information about the CERT Program can be obtained from the Huntington Beach CERT.

Q. How do you respond to an emergency while on the road?

Planning for an emergency also means considering being away from home or on the road when an emergency occurs. One of the easiest ways to prepare for an emergency while on the road is by placing a small emergency supply kit in your car.

Q. Where do I get sandbags?

Sandbags are available at the Corporate Yard, 17371 Gothard Street, Monday thru Friday 7AM to 430PM.

Did you know?

The Huntington Beach Fire Department conducts free home fire safety inspections for seniors.  You can also get a free smoke detector with a 10 year battery and carbon monoxide detector installed.  This free service is provided by Project SHIP senior home inspection program volunteers. You can schedule an appointment online or call 714-374-1615.

Contact Information

City of Huntington Beach
Fire Department
2000 Main Street
Huntington Beach, CA
Phone: (714) 536-5411
Fax: (714) 374-1551

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