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    Weather forecasters and scientists are predicting that the upcoming El Niño conditions could bring significant heavy rains and severe storm conditions that will impact Southern California with flooding, mud slides, wind damage, and related emergency conditions such as power outages. The City of Pasadena is actively preparing to meet the challenges of  El Niño, and City public safety officials urge all residents and businesses to do the same.

    In general, whether it is an El Niño event, major earthquake or other emergency, all residents and businesses should have enough food, water and other emergency supplies to last them from three days to a week, or longer, in response to a widespread disaster. The next major storm, earthquake or human-caused emergency will happen. It is not a matter of "if" but "when" that disaster will occur. All members of your family, including pets, need to be prepared at home, in the car, and at work.

    Special considerations should be taken to ensure that food and water systems are safe, and good hygiene is important to keep you and your family healthy. Read more on environmental health considerations to prepare for flooding, as well as general preparation and recovery considerations:


    Public Health Emergency Preparedness

    The Public Health Emergency Preparedness Program aims to promote disaster preparedness and response by planning with the entire Pasadena community.  By understanding the needs of everyone in the City, we continually prepare to reduce the health impacts that may be created as a result of an emergency.  We work closely with the Pasadena Fire and Police Departments, Huntington Memorial Hospital, the Pasadena Unified School District, and other agencies to increase safety for all residents by conducting drills, exercises, trainings, and outreaches.

  • Prepare Yourself and Your Family

    The following steps can help you be better prepared in the event of an emergency.

    1. Be informed - Know what to do before, during, and after an emergency.  In Pasadena, various events can take place including a natural disaster (flooding and earthquake), a pandemic flu, and an accidental or intentional emergency (such as a chemical spill or act of terrorism).  Since each hazard is unique, your responses and actions to take will also differ.  Use the informational resources listed below to learn how to protect yourself and your family and be better prepared.
    2. Make a plan - After understanding the hazards, plan how to communicate with loved ones, and where to stay or where to evacuate.  Determine how to contact family members, choose a location to safely reunite, and identify an out-of-town contact person.  Also ask about emergency plans outside of the home, such as at worksites and schools, and develop a network with community leaders and neighbors to discuss how you can plan together.
    3. Build a kit - Gather items you may need to help be sufficient for at least 72 hours.  This kit should include food, water, and other basic household items.  Here are some recommended items for your emergency supply kit:
      • Water (one gallon of water per person per day)
      • Food (non-perishable food)
      • Battery-powered or hand-crank radio
      • Batteries
      • Dust mask
      • First aid kit
      • Flashlight
      • Items to care for your infant and pet
      • Local maps
      • Medication
      • Tool kit (including wrench or pliers to turn off utilities)
      • Personal sanitation items (such as moist towelettes, garbage bags, and plastic ties)
      • Whistle


  • Preparedness Resources

    Please utilize the following resources to help prepare your family and community for a disaster:

  • Contact Us

    1845 North Fair Oaks Ave
    Pasadena, CA 91103

    (626) 744-6165
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