Get Ready Long Beach!

Project Team Members:
Mike Dunfee, Dana Lee,
Sara Pillet and Elvia Hurtado-Ruiz

Leadership Long Beach Class of 2012

Our project came from a shared interest in emergency preparedness in Long Beach. We recognized that after a large-scale disaster, the Long Beach Fire Department (LBFD) will be overwhelmed and only able to provide one firefighter per about 4,000 people. Long Beach residents will be on their own for several days and neighborhoods will be responsible for their own survival. We wanted to help Long Beach residents gain access to additional emergency preparedness education options by assisting the Long Beach Fire Department (LBFD) and Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) to develop an abbreviated three-hour CERT Disaster Awareness Course (DAC), with the goal of increasing the number of Long Beach residents formally prepared for the next major natural disaster in order to help save more lives when a disaster occurs.

Get Ready Long Beach planned, organized, marketed, created a reservation system and implemented this free DAC course to nearly 150 Long Beach residents on May 12, 2012 at the Long Beach Public Library. Our team documented the process for organizing and marketing the DAC course to the general public, helped identify interested groups and neighborhood champions for future courses, and provided this information to the LBFD in order to have a sustainable process to follow in the future.