Emergency Preparedness

The City Council puts a high priority on emergency preparedness in our community. The City has a Public Safety Coordinator to coordinate efforts of the City and other key organizations. The City is well-prepared for a prompt response to both natural and man-made disasters. The City has adopted a Multihazard Functional Plan as a preparedness document to include the City as part of the California Standardized Emergency Management System (SEMS). It addresses the City's planned response to extraordinary emergency situations associated with natural disasters, technological incidents and national security emergencies.

Emergency Preparedness Resources

Prepare yourself, your family, and your home.  The following links offer important information and tips for emergency preparedness:

Coordinated Agency Recovery Effort (CARE) - LA County emergency preparation & recovery resource

American Red Cross (San Gabriel Pomona Valley Chapter)

Prepare, Plan, Stay Informed (FEMA) - includes emergency kit information

Ready! Set! Go! (LA County Fire) - your personal wildfire action plan

Fuel Modification Plan Guidelines (LA County Fire) - landscape guide for creating and maintaining a defensible space around your home

Earthquake Alliance - earthquake preparedness information

Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA - emergency preparedness information for pets

"Alert LCF"
(Emergency 
Communications System)

The City has a emergency communications system known as "Alert LCF" that allows for vital emergency messages to be sent to residents via land lines, cell phones, work phones, or any other telephone number.  In the past, the City used Alert LCF to provide important information to residents, such as: evacuation orders and shelter locations, during the Station Fire and debris flow events. Sign-up your telephone numbers now on Alert LCF.

Emergency Operations Center (EOC)

City Staff and the Volunteer Emergency Response Team (VERT) have been trained to open and operate the City’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) in the event of a disaster in the community. The EOC’s major purpose is accumulating and sharing information to ensure coordinated and timely emergency response and recovery.

The EOC is approximately 1,625 square feet and includes an operations area, radio room, kitchen and shower facilities. Emergency power is provided by a diesel generator. The emergency fuel reserve is sufficient for 3 days. Power will provide for normal operation of all City Hall and EOC functions including lighting, wall circuits, climate control, telephones and radios. The EOC has the capability to house and feed staff for 24 consecutive hours.

Communications are provided in the EOC and include seven (7) dedicated phone lines, one (1) fax line/machine, four Local Government Band, UHF, two way radios, three (3) amateur two way radios including 2 meter, 440 and 220 bands and multi-channel radio scanner. Communication facilities will be continuously staffed during emergencies, either by volunteers or City staff.

The EOC can be activated if there is a significant earthquake causing damage in the City or neighboring jurisdictions; a wildland interface brush fire; an impending or declared "State of War Emergency"; or an emergency situation that has occurred or might occur of such a magnitude that it will require a large commitment of resources from the City over an extended period of time. Examples include a major hazardous materials incident, civil disturbance, aircraft disaster or severe weather conditions.

Disaster Management Area

The City is also a party to a Joint Powers Agreement with LA County to be part of Disaster Management Area C (Monterey Park, Alhambra, Burbank and Glendale) and has a representative on the Governing Board. Their goal is to coordinate with area cities in planning for preparedness, mitigation and recovery from emergencies or disasters.

Key Organizations
LCF Volunteer Emergency Response Team (VERT) VERT is a volunteer group designed to provide assistance to the community in the event of an emergency or disaster.
Public Emergency Radio Service (PERC) PERC is a group of FCC licensed Amateur Radio operators who live in La Cañada Flintridge. They are dedicated, community-minded citizens who use their hobby for the benefit of others in case of disaster.
Chamber of Commerce Emergency Preparedness Committee The EPC helps prepare LCF businesses for various emergencies. See DISASTER! - Preparing your Business for a Disaster
La Cañada Unified School District The La Cañada Unified School District is a vital part of the City's emergency preparedness team. It is responsible for planning how area schools will respond in the face of natural disasters and other emergencies.