Congressman Sherman Statement on 24th Anniversary of Northridge Earthquake
Washington, D.C. – Today, on the eve of the 24th anniversary of the Northridge Earthquake, Congressman Brad Sherman (D-Sherman Oaks) is reminding residents of the San Fernando Valley and metropolitan Los Angeles about how they can prepare for a future seismic event.
Twenty-four years ago, dozens of lives were lost and thousands were injured by one of the largest earthquakes in our nation’s history. The Northridge Earthquake was also one of the most costly federal disasters, with damages in excess of $20 billion.
“The images of the collapsed apartments, freeways, bridges and buildings should remind us to prepare ourselves and our families for when Los Angeles is struck again by a major earthquake,” said Congressman Sherman. “It is imperative that we take the steps necessary to protect ourselves and our families should another major disaster occur, whether it is an earthquake, a fire, or another natural disaster.”
In an effort to prepare the Valley and the metropolitan Los Angeles area, Congressman Sherman has been a leader in ensuring that annual funding is made available for the West Coast Earthquake Early Warning System.
“With advanced notice, people can take cover, trains can slow down, and doctors can pause surgeries – it can save lives and reduce the economic impact of an earthquake,” said Congressman Sherman.
Sherman encourages all residents to prepare themselves by taking the following steps before, during, and after an earthquake:
Before an earthquake: (1) Check for hazards in the home, (2) identify safe places indoors and outdoors, (3) educate yourself and family members, (4) have disaster supplies on hand, (5) develop an emergency communication plan, and (6) help your community get ready by talking to your neighbors or participating in your neighborhood council.
During an earthquake: Take cover indoors in a safe place such as under a sturdy table or within a doorway. If outdoors, stay in a safe open area away from buildings, streetlights and utility wires.
After an earthquake: Expect aftershocks, listen to a battery-operated radio or television for emergency information, use the telephone for emergency calls only, stay away from damaged areas, inspect your home for damages, and inspect gas lines and electrical systems, as well as sewage and water lines.
For more information about Earthquake Preparedness, visit the following websites: www.fema.gov, www.usgs.gov, www.oes.ca.gov, or www.lacity.org/emd. Congressman Sherman’s San Fernando Valley constituents may contact him directly with questions or additional concerns at (818) 501-9200.