Rep. Torres Announces Disaster Preparedness Week
ONTARIO, CA – Today, Rep. Norma J. Torres (D-Pomona) announced the launch of her Disaster Preparedness Week, which will include a series of events to highlight earthquake preparedness, multiple meetings with first responders and elected officials to discuss effective, coordinated emergency response strategies, and taking part in the Great Shakeout at a local high school.
“Although the planning for my Disaster Preparedness week has been in the works for months, these events are unfortunately extremely timely given the disasters our country has recently seen,” said Torres. ”The hurricanes and flooding in Gulf Coast states and Puerto Rico, and the devastating wildfires in Northern California must serve as a reminder that while we cannot control these events, we can plan and prepare for when they do occur. I encourage families in the Inland Empire to evaluate their fire escape plan, put together a first aid and earthquake kit, make sure they have an emergency recovery plan and check their smoke detectors.”
“Every disaster is local, and individuals need to take personal control of their own preparedness, as well as help within their workplace and community,” said Dr. Kenneth Hudnut, Science Advisor for Risk Reduction at the United States Geological Survey. “Recent fires, storms and earthquakes all remind us how important it is to be self-reliant and help others when disaster strikes. Because it’s not if, it’s when. The Inland Empire should take notice of this Disaster Preparedness Week and make sure you and your neighbors are prepared.”
“Practice matters!” said Dr. Joan E. Fryxell, Professor of Geology at California State University San Bernardino. “Thank you Congresswoman Torres for underscoring the need to be prepared. Earthquakes occur without warning and when they do, it’s already too late to prepare. Water, food, shelter, and plan for pets must be ready in advance. Preparation makes you faster, and makes your response work, even when you may be scared.”
Torres’ Disaster Preparedness Week begins on Monday, October 16th with a bilingual Seminar on Earthquake Preparedness in Rialto. It includes a similar seminar in Pomona, a meeting with City Managers to discuss and share ideas regarding their disaster response plans, and a coordination meeting with Local Fire and Police Chiefs. The Congresswoman will also take part in the Great Shakeout Thursday morning with local high school students.
Press that are interested in attending any of these events should email Dara.Cohen@mail.house.gov for more information.