Controller Releases ‘Get Ready L.A.’ Map to Connect Angelenos with Local Emergency Preparedness Resources

LOS ANGELES — To promote local emergency planning during National Preparedness Month, L.A. Controller Ron Galperin today released a new online resource map of emergency services and programs funded by the City of Los Angeles that will help families and communities prepare for unexpected natural disasters. Available at lacontroller.org/getreadyla, “Get Ready L.A.” gives a rundown of the City’s emergency prep resources and maps the locations of L.A.’s fire stations, police stations and other important civic buildings that Angelenos can access before and after a disaster.

“Earthquakes, fires, floods and other major disasters are an unfortunate reality in a large metropolis like Los Angeles, but the City provides many resources to help Angelenos be prepared,” said Controller Ron Galperin. “My ‘Get Ready L.A.’ map gathers the City’s emergency preparedness information in one easily accessible location, showcasing the important role departments play in making sure our communities know what to do and where to turn when disaster strikes.”

Also featured in Galperin’s resource map are the emergency preparedness functions of the City’s Emergency Management Department (EMD). With five divisions, nearly 50 employees and a $3.4 million budget, EMD is the City’s preparedness hub. The department coordinates the City’s Emergency Operations Center, emergency plans and outreach, and all training and exercises for disaster response teams. EMD is also in charge of emergency prep tools like NotifyLA, ShakeAlertLA and Ready Your LA Neighborhood (RYLAN). Angelenos can sign up for these critical alerts, enroll in community emergency response training and learn how to prepare their neighborhood for emergencies on Galperin’s Get Ready L.A. resource map.

“Preparation for all types of emergencies is key for Angelenos, and the Controller’s new ‘Get Ready L.A.’ resource map is an excellent tool to make disaster preparedness easier than ever,” said LAFD Fire Chief Ralph Terrazas. “I encourage all Angelenos to visit the site to learn how your LAFD and other City agencies are helping you get ready now.”

“This innovative tool illustrates the dynamism of the city’s efforts to prepare for disasters while engaging residents in the process,” said Aram Sahakian, General Manager of the Emergency Management Department. “The RYLAN program’s ability to increase confidence in individuals and promote resiliency in neighborhoods will be strengthened with the implementation of this interactive resource map, encouraging Angelenos to connect the dots between funding, resources and the need to be prepared.”

Get Ready L.A. is part of Controller Galperin’s ongoing effort to use data, technology and innovation to promote government transparency, and connect the public with resources and services offered by the City of Los Angeles. On the resource map, users can also learn more about the number of City employees hired to oversee or assist with emergency operations and the amount of public dollars used to fund these resources annually.

Explore the Get Ready L.A. resource map: lacontroller.org/getreadyla.

Galperin’s previous maps have featured resources to assist LGBTQ homeless youth, help with tax preparation, and find affordable housing incentives, domestic violence services, city youth programs, summer fun activities and more.

View all of Galperin’s resource maps: lacontroller.org/resourcemaps.

Follow L.A. Controller Ron Galperin at @LAController on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

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