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WDACS Weekly Update  -  July 18, 2019

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Are you ready LA County?

The recent earthquakes that occurred in Ridgecrest, California earlier this month serve as a reminder to all LA County residents to be prepared for any emergency situations. Earthquakes, floods, fires, intense heat waves, and yes, even tornados, are a possibility in the County of Los Angeles. Although some might not occur as frequently as others, we encourage all residents to remain vigilant in preparing for any type of emergency situation. 

As temperatures in parts of LA County are expected to rise, WDACS partners with the Los Angeles County Office of Emergency Management to identify free public facilities that can act as cooling centers for members of the public seeking relief from the hot summer days. From community and senior centers to libraries, residents can conveniently look up the nearest cooling center location online. Whether you have access to air conditioning or not, the public is encouraged to take advantage of the free cooling centers. To view a map of the active cooling centers in LA County, click http://www.lacounty.gov/heat?utm_content=&utm_medium=email&utm_name=&utm_source=govdelivery&utm_term=" style="text-decoration: none;">here. More information is also available by dialing 2-1-1 for LA County resources or 3-1-1 for City of Los Angeles resources.

If you can’t get to a cooling center near you, here are some other safety tips to follow to protect yourself and stay safe during hot weather:

*Avoid the sun from 10am to 3pm when the burning rays are strongest
*Reduce physical activity and avoid exercising outdoors during peak heat hours
*Never leave children or pets alone in cars.
*Drink plenty of fluids even if you are not thirsty. Avoid alcohol.
*Check on elderly neighbors, friends and family who do not have air conditioning

For more information on heat related illnesses and prevention, please visit the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health’s website at http://www.publichealth.lacounty.gov/?utm_content=&utm_medium=email&utm_name=&utm_source=govdelivery&utm_term=" style="text-decoration: none;">www.publichealth.lacounty.gov. For more safety tips to prepare for hot weather or other emergency situations, click http://lacounty.gov/emergency?utm_content=&utm_medium=email&utm_name=&utm_source=govdelivery&utm_term=" style="text-decoration: none;">here. To learn more about programs and services offered at our Community and Senior Centers, visit https://wdacs.lacounty.gov/programs/centers/?utm_content=&utm_medium=email&utm_name=&utm_source=govdelivery&utm_term=" style="text-decoration: none;">here.

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