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LAFD Partners to Launch OK/HELP Window Sign Program for Earthquake Preparedness

Thursday, October 18, 2012 |

Today, 9.3 million Californians successfully participated in the Great ShakeOut earthquake drill. Great job! Earlier this week, the Los Angeles Fire Department partnered with Council District 12CERT, American Red Cross, and the U.S. Geological Survey in compiling a pamphlet to offer you and your family clear, simple steps to follow immediately after a major earthquake.

It's encouraged to store the pamphlet near your front door, then following an earthquake, tear off the “OK/HELP” sign and place it in your front window to indicate to your neighbors and emergency personnel if you are "OK” or need “HELP.” This will help firefighters save time and maximize resources by getting to those who need immediate help more efficiently.

We know it's not a matter of IF, but WHEN the Big One will strike. And simply, the better prepared we are, the greater our ability to keep our families safe. 

Chick here to view the pamphlet online, or any resident of Los Angeles City can request one from

"Successful disaster preparedness begins with having a plan, and exercising it. The OK/HELP sign is a great step toward being ready. LAFD is always there to help you learn about disaster planning at," - Fire Chief Brian Cummings. 


Submitted by Erik Scott, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department


LAFD Media and Public Relations said...

Read on if you would like a few tips to following after an Earthquake...

- Be prepared for aftershocks, and plan where you will take cover when they occur.
- Check for injuries & provide first aid as necessary.
- Remain calm and reassure others.
- Avoid broken glass.
- Check for fire, taking appropriate actions and precautions.
-Check gas, water and electric lines. If damaged, shut off service. If gas is leaking, don’t use matches, appliances or electric switches. Open windows, leave building
and report to gas company.
- Tune to the emergency broadcast station on radio or television. Listen for emergency
- Stay out of damaged buildings.

Golden State Fire & EMS said...

We support LAFD and all parties involved to help promote the new "OK/HELP" initiative.

We are all in this together!

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