The Los Angeles Fire Department offers Quick Links on Fire Prevention, which help users find fire stations, respond to fire and medical emergencies, and view regional data. The LAFD also offers prevention tips and methods of monitoring news in an emergency through social media outlets such as Facebook and Twitter: @LAFD.
The LAFD’s Evacuation Instructions are very useful. They discuss how to prepare the inside and the outside of your home in the event of an evacuation. They also highlight the six Ps of what to bring with you during an evacuation:
- People and pets
- Papers and other important documents
- Prescriptions, eyeglasses, vitamins
- Pictures and irreplaceable keepsakes
- Personal computers, hard drives, and disks
- “Plastic” i.e. credit cards, debit cards, and cash
The LA County Fire Department offers guidance on precautions to take when entering an area burned by a wildfire:wildfire-area-precautions-V3-4
The American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) also has some very helpful wildfire resources, including tips on fraud protection. Natural disasters invite fraudsters to take advantage of vulnerable people, including through the use of fake charities and scams involving Assignment of Benefits (AOB). To report a suspected scam, call the Disaster Fraud Hotline at (866) 720-5721 or email disaster at leo dot gov.