Public Safety Notes: Beat the Heat and Disaster Preparedness


Summer might be over, but the heat and humidity continues across most of our region this weekend. Temperatures will be in the mid-90s in Los Angeles and could potentially reach triple digits this weekend.

This extreme heat can be dangerous for you and your pets, so, I want to share some information with you to keep everyone safe during this heat alert. There are facilities available that will be utilized as cooling centers during the high temperatures to provide relief. For a list of cooling centers, please visit the link.


As a member of the City’s Public Safety Committee, it is imperative for me to make sure that our families are safe in the great 13th District, no matter the conditions. September is Disaster Preparedness Month and throughout the City of Los Angeles, the Emergency Management Department is holding educational workshops to help residents of the 13th District and all Angelenos prepare for a disaster.

I want to let you know about an event aimed to better prepare you in case disaster strikes. The Emergency Management Department has developed the 5 Steps to Neighborhood Preparedness program and a 5 Steps Toolkit. The workshop will provide Angelenos with resources and tips to prepare for a potential disaster in their neighborhood and offer residents the tools to create a Neighborhood Disaster Plan in their community.

Another important way to help prepare for a disaster is by donating blood. During disasters, blood bank sometimes operate with a short blood supply. I will be attending the HRC Foundation’s Inclusive Blood Drive on September 20, so I encourage all those eligible to please donate blood.

Warm Regards,

Mitch O’Farrell

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