Drop, Cover, and Hold On: Earthquake Disaster Management Plans in LA
When will the next “Big One” occur? This is a question that is often asked in Southern California in regards to earthquakes. The last major earthquake to occur in Southern California occurred over twenty years ago, during the Northridge Earthquake in 1994. Unfortunately, there are many communities that may not be as prepared as others. In order to be prepared, it is essential that people know what kind of damage could be caused if a large earthquake were to occur in their area. The purpose of these would be to create awareness to those who may be in danger in the case of an earthquake in Los Angeles. Though there are earthquake disaster management plans in place from multiple agencies of various scales for Los Angeles, California, a management plan analysis would improve public awareness to prepare for an earthquake. Agencies for disaster management can be found at many different levels: city, county, state, federal, not-for-profits, and scientific organizations. With this being said, much of the information out there is hard to find due to confusing websites/links, vague explanations, or the need of specification in the search process. Information detailing the plans in place should be easily accessible to the public. By looking at the damage caused in the scenarios ran as well as looking at the roles of disaster management agencies, the results would be able to determine what areas would be affected the most and be able to make appropriate suggestions on what to do for those areas.
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