Tips for Southern California natural disaster preparedness
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Natural Disaster Preparedness

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If you follow me on any social media platform you’ll know that while I love to travel and explore new places, I am also pretty obsessed with where I live. I mean, I live about a mile from the beach in Southern California. Approximately 345 days a year I can do my daily run at the beach and the climate here rarely calls for the parkas I had to use when I lived back East!

Most people are pretty jealous of where I live. Except for earthquakes. Earthquakes really concern people.

But news flash y’all…we don’t just have earthquakes here! I know our little slice of the world seems just short of heaven but the truth is we are faced with quite a variety of natural disasters here in the Los Angeles area. We can have flooding, fires (those Santa Ana winds are NO joke!), landslides, tsunamis, lots of rain (El Nino anyone?!?) and more!

So when Ready LA asked me to help get the word out about being prepared for the natural disasters in the LA area, I couldn’t say yes fast enough! Because whether you live here or are thinking about traveling here (and the LA area is a popular tourist destination!!) it’s important to think about the “what ifs.”   So here’s what I’m asking you…

  1. Head over to the Ready LA website and take a minute to look around. They have outstanding information on the potential natural disasters that could affect those in the LA area (both residents and tourists) and offer excellent resources for preparing for these potential disasters.
  2. Head over to Notify LA where you can sign up for text message alerts during times of emergency…such a simple step, but y’all…this can be SUPER helpful!
  3. Check out my tips below for preparing for natural disasters

Tips for Southern California natural disasters
Tip One…Create an emergency kit

Tip Two…Develop a household disaster plan

Tip Three… Become aware…it’s important to learn more about the Southern California natural disasters that can potentially impact you so you can be better prepared.

Create an emergency kit for Southern California natural disasters

Here’s the thing y’all…as residents of a slice of the world that feels like paradise it is really easy to forget that disaster can strike…so take some time and prepare yourself for Southern California natural disasters. And then head back outside and enjoy paradise!

I received compensation for my work on this post. This post was made possible by Mom Spark Media. Thoughts are my own.


  • dani cc

    So insightful – Over at the dollhouse we try to plan for everything from natural disasters to terrorist attacks. We hope that nothing ever happens but if it does that we actually stay calm and follow through on our routine.

  • Cristina

    In Miami we worry most about hurricanes which gives us ample time to prepare. But I did live in earthquake prone Chile and California and it never occurred to me to have a bin with essentials! Then again, I was young and no kids to be concerned about!

  • Kait

    These are such great tips! A natural disaster here in Hawaii is one of my greatest fears since there is literally no way out/enough transportation for everyone who lives here.

  • Logan

    I’ve never been to California, but I know that you guys have to deal with a lot of things we don’t here in Alabama. At least not as often. I think it is great that you have a plan and are providing tips for others! I need to do this in regards to tornados. That is something that comes through here all too often.

  • Stacey

    Because of moves and life changes – I don’t currently have a complete kit. Living in earthquake country I really need to take care of this. Thanks for the reminder!

  • Jeanine

    Really great tips! I live in Canada where we don’t see many Natural Disasters but I’m always reading up on how to stay prepared and keeping things around just in case.

  • karissa Ancell

    I have lived in California my whole life and people always worry about Earthquakes but other than minor ones I’ve only experience one decent sized one. We always had a kit growing up but never had to use it.

  • Heather

    There are natural disasters in every part of the country (here we are blizzards and hurricanes) so making sure we have the supplies when we lose power or other emergencies is important. Great info here!

  • CourtneyLynne

    It’s so important I have a plan! I lived in FL for years and with all the Hurricanes we would get these types of plans were key to making sure everything went as smoothly as possible.

  • HilLesha

    I know this is something someone normally doesn’t want to think about, but it is so important! Earthquakes rarely occur where I love, but we’ve had some pretty bad tornadoes. That’s why I try my best to stay prepared.

  • Hannah

    I think that having some sort of plan of action in case of an emergency or natural disaster is always a good thing. One thing I would definitely like to have more of a stock of is bottled water. It’s always needed in an emergency.

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