A Message From Yasmin Beers Interim City Manager
The 2017 wildfire season will go down as one of the worst in the States history.
From Jan. 1, 2017, through Dec. 31, 2017, over 9,000 fires burned more than 1.2 million acres, an increase from the previous year which brought 6,986 fires burning around 564,000 acres, according to Cal Fire. This anomaly was partly attributable to the strong gusts of the Santa Ana Winds and record breaking heat waves.
With the start of the new year, I’d like to call attention to the issue of emergencies, because if it can happen, it will. Glendale has seen it all – earthquakes, fires, floods, mudslides, train derailment and more. Fortunately, your very own Glendale Police and Fire Departments, as well as city staff, are always prepared to take on the task of keeping our residents safe and protecting property in emergencies.
Did you know? All city employees, regardless of their title, are trained as official Disaster Service Workers. All Disaster Service Workers are required to report to work, and stay at work during and after a natural or manmade disaster.
Glendale takes this responsibility very seriously. Well in advance of an emergency, proactive measures are put into place to minimize a disaster’s potential effects on life and property. We strengthen facilities, abate nearby hazards, and reduce potential damage to both structures and their contents. Throughout the year, we also train our personnel in activation and execution should a disaster occur. These proactive measures are combined in an Emergency Operations Plan to save lives and property.
When this team is pulled into action, our first priority is the protection of human life. We’ll rescue residents, evacuate those in danger, suppress fires, establish first aid stations, maintain order and provide provisions. During emergencies, your city staff has many different responsibilities and will work hard to keep the lights on, water running, and roadways open.
The City of Glendale is ready for any disaster situation. However, it is important to remember that in a major disaster covering a large geographic area, assistance can take days. It is therefore important for you to prepare yourself, your family, your home, and your neighborhood. If we all stay ready, we don’t have to get ready! With that being said, I would like to leave you all with 12 steps to take to prepare yourself and your family for an emergency. If you do one thing each month, by the time 2018 has passed (which will come sooner than you think), you will have taken big steps towards being ready for any emergency. It’s as simple as…
January: Create a disaster communication plan
February: Store enough water for family and pets for at least 7 days
March: Store enough medications for family and pets for at least 30 days
April: Buy an adequate first aid kit
May: Store enough food for family and pets for at least 7 days
June: Buy a large or small container that will contain disaster supplies
July: Buy a portable radio, flashlight, and batteries for your disaster kit
August: Place clothing, shoes, sanitation and hygiene supplies in your disaster kit
September: Place tools in your disaster kit
October: Place cash in small bills in your disaster kit
November: Place copies of insurance policies and other important papers in disaster kit
December: Annually update your disaster kit and review the plan with your family