The "Big One" is Coming: Why Are Angelenos Still Unprepared?

This event took place on:
Tuesday, September 27, 7:00 - 8:30pm

In late August, a 5.8 magnitude earthquake disrupted life in some of the U.S.’s biggest population centers in the East. Hurricane Irene descended upon the Atlantic Coast the same week, stranding thousands without power or running water. Here in Southern California, scientists have long warned of an earthquake of potentially catastrophic proportion – an occurrence that’s not a question of “if”, but of “when". Yet only 57% of Angelenos report having disaster readiness items in their homes, and less than 50% of households have an emergency plan.

Quality of life after any disaster is directly tied to the degree of preparedness. How can we as a community turn this equation into reality? What plans does Los Angeles already have in place, and what programs can citizens take part in to increase our chances of survival?

Join us at 89.3 KPCC’s Crawford Family Forum on Tuesday, September 27th for an audience-inclusive, interactive discussion about these and other disaster-preparedness issues. KPCC Producer Christal Smith moderates; guests include:

- John Pacheco, Executive Director, American Red Cross, Santa Monica Region
- LAFD Captain Stacy Gerlich, Head of Los Angeles Fire Department's CERT (Community Emergency Response Team)
- Dr. Ken Hudnut, Geophysicist, US Geological Survey 's Earthquake Hazards Program
- Nancy Mathews, Corporate disaster preparation consultant and lecturer
- Tom LaBonge, Los Angeles City Councilman - District 4 (Los Feliz, Hollywood, Toluca Lake, Larchmont Village)
- David Barrett, cofounder, MySafeLA

Admission is FREE, but RSVP's are required.

Photo Credit: David McNew/Getty Images

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