LAFD: 'In Case of Emergency, Read Blog'

Monday, August 30, 2010 |

John Solomon, click to learn more...
John Solomon
A question often faced by the Los Angeles Fire Department - and the Federal Emergency Management Agency, is where to turn for a frank assessment of their disaster preparedness programs.

The answer for both agencies is simple: John Solomon.

The author of "In Case Of Emergency, Read Blog", we're honored to have John as a mentor and today as a guest contributor.

A brave man, whose personal insight into emergency management enjoys a strong following, John knows what it takes to survive a disaster when he writes...

September is National Preparedness Month, which focuses attention on what citizens should do to ready themselves, their families and their communities for potential disasters.

According to Ready.Gov, the U.S. government’s official preparedness website, there are three key steps for each citizen to become prepared for an emergency:

1) Get A Kit 2) Make A Plan 3) Be Informed.

However, this year, the federal government will be making a special push to get Americans to create an emergency communications plan for their family.

In fact, Federal Emergency Management Agency head Craig Fugate told me in an interview earlier this month that if citizens are going “to do one thing” this National Preparedness Month they should develop a family plan which he said is a good "first step" towards family disaster readiness.

In order to help Americans do the emergency planning, Ready.Gov and the Ad Council are offering some online tools to create a printable comprehensive Family Emergency Plan and an email/text containing basic information that can be shared with others.

Also, as part of developing a family emergency plan, the director of the Ready Campaign, Darryl Madden, told me that he hopes Americans will — if they have not already — check with their workplaces and kids’ schools to find about their emergency plans.

Another relatively easy but very useful thing you can do in advance to help communicate in a crisis is to prepare your cell or smart phone. This month, make sure to add your key In Case of Emergency (ICE) contact numbers to your mobile's Address Book and sign up for emergency text/e-mail alerts that many cities and towns now offer.
                                                    -John Solomon

Click to visit In Case of Emergency, Read Blog
Thank you John.

During September, the LAFD News & Information blog will feature a daily tip to help you and your family get and stay prepared.

We encourage you visit and bookmark John's "In Case Of Emergency, Read Blog", and to add his RSS Feed to your newsreader.

You'll also find John on Twitter @JohnDSolomon

Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department


LAFD Media and Public Relations said...

Dear Friend of the LAFD,

I am very proud to have John Solomon as both a mentor and a friend.

Though he makes little of his battle with leukemia, he and others fighting the disease not only give us hope - but indeed have it in the way of bone marrow donors.

You could be the match.

Please join me in adding your name to the registry today at:

...all it takes is a cheek swab, and it is absolutely free.

Can I count on you?

Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

Brian Humphrey
Public Service Officer
Los Angeles Fire Department

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...

Dear Friend of the LAFD,

It is with unspeakable sadness that I share word of John Solomon's passing on November 1, 2010.

I can say I know of no more courageous or devoted man, nor of one who has so passionately pursued the safety and well being of others.

I know I'm not alone in grieving his loss.


Brian Humphrey
Public Service Officer
Los Angeles Fire Department

Alex Rose said...


You certainly are not alone. John's work touched so many. His passion for preparedness will live on through the people, programs and policies he influenced -- and many, many people affected during emergencies and disasters will receive assistance and support from people John's lifework touched.


Post a Comment

Comments to this blog are approved or disapproved without editing.

We seek to offer a broad cross-section of *public* thoughts that are specific to the topic at hand and genuinely polite in tone - regardless of opinion.

Kindly post your comments below.