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Emergency Preparedness

The City of Walnut's Emergency Services and Disaster Preparedness


The City of Walnut, the Los Angeles Fire Department, and the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department are working closely to plan for any emergency. Walnut's Sheriff personnel and City staff are ready to activate the Emergency Operation Center (EOC) at any time.

The City of Walnut's Emergency Services and Disaster Preparedness plan addresses responses to emergencies associated with both natural disasters and terrorist actions.

The State of California's Office of Emergency Services, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, the Los Angeles County Fire Department, and the City of Walnut are in partnership to provide resources and assistance to all citizens in the event of a natural disaster or terrorist act.

In the event of an emergency, the City of Walnut's Emergency Operations Center is ready to coordinate relief efforts.


In the event of a major natural disaster or terrorist threat, residents should remain calm and assess the situation to determine their course of action.

If you have power in your home, turn on your television or radio for information. In an emergency, there will be a scrolling message on your screen with evacuation information. This message is activated by the Sheriff's Station through the County communications center. Tune into Channel 3 (Charter subscribers) and Channel 21 (Verizon subscribers) for live coverage of Walnut.

If your power is out, the Sheriff's department will notify residents in the evacuation neighborhoods. Deputies will go door to door and use the patrol unit's P.A. systems to notify residents.

If you are told to evacuate, gather your family, secure your home and proceed to the designated emergency shelter.

The City has identified several evacuation shelters in the City. These shelters will be activated as needed. The shelter locations will be determined by the magnitude and nature of the emergency.


For millions of Los Angeles County residents who have access and functional needs including those relating to physical, medical, sensory, cognitive or age-related conditions; disasters such as earthquakes, wildfires or floods will present a real challenge. Disasters can strike at any time and without warning. To better prepare County residents for these and other types of disasters, the Los Angeles County Office of Emergency Management (OEM) announced the launch of the Specific Needs Awareness Planning (S.N.A.P.) voluntary disaster registry.

The S.N.A.P. registry is an Internet-based system that will allow residents to provide information, which will be kept confidential, to public safety officials about their access or functional needs. S.N.A.P. does not guarantee priority response to registrants, it assists emergency response officials in planning and responding to the requirements of people with access and functional needs during a disaster by integrating database and mapping technology together.

To register for S.N.A.P., go to and click on “Register Now.” Registrations can be made on an individual basis or as a group. Those individuals who do not have access to the Internet or may require additional assistance can ask a family member, friend or caregiver to register for them.

For more information, dial 2-1-1 LA County.


During a major disaster you may be required to take care of your family for five to ten days before rescue workers can reach you. Be responsible and be prepared by keeping the following on hand:
Keep $100 in small bills. If the electricity is out you will not be able to withdraw money from ATMs.
Stock one gallon of water per person per day and enough chlorine tablets to disinfect and make the water safe to drink and cook with. Change the water every three to five years while storing.
-Prescription Medication
If anyone takes prescription medications, tell your doctor you would like an extra supply to keep in your Disaster or Emergency Kit. Together you can decide how much of an extra supply you need. At least one week is good, but two weeks is better. Remember to "rotate out" the medicines if there is an expiration date.
Check expiration dates on batteries once a year to make sure they are still in working order.
-Candles and matches
-Walking shoes
Keep a pair of walking shoes in your car, office, and in your emergency kit in the event you have to hike out of an area.

Additionally, here are 10 ways you can be Disaster Prepared

1. Identify Your Risk
What are the hazards where you live or work? Find out what natural or human caused disasters pose a risk for you. Do you live near a flood plain, an earthquake fault, or in a high fire danger area? Familiarize yourself with the City of Walnut’s Emergency Services and Disaster Preparedness plan on the top of this page.

2. Create a Family Disaster Plan
Your family needs a plan that tells everyone: where to meet if you have to evacuate; who you have identified as an out-of-state “family contact”; who will obtain up to date information by calling the City of Walnut’s Emergency Line at (909) 348-0770; and how to take care of your family pets.

3. Practice Your Disaster Plan
After you have sat down with your family and written your plan - practice it. Start by having family members meet at a designated spot outside your home, like you would after a fire or after an earthquake. Know how to respond in the event of any disaster: whether to stay indoors, or whether to evacuate your neighborhood by car. Familiarize yourself with the City of Walnut’s evacuation procedures in the preceding section.

4. Build a Disaster Supply Kit for Your Home and Car
If you are stranded in your car or have to be self-sufficient at home until help arrives, you need to have a disaster kit with you.

Click here for an expanded list of items to build your own Supply Kit

5. Prepare Your Children
Talk to your kids about what the risks are and what your family will do if disaster strikes.

6. Don’t Forget Those with Special Needs
Infants, seniors and those with special needs must not be forgotten.

7. Learn CPR and First Aid
Contact the San Gabriel Pomona Valley chapter of the American Red Cross at 626-799-0841 and get trained on basic first aid and CPR. Your training could save the life of a loved one or neighbor following a disaster.

8. Eliminate Hazards in Your Home and the Workplace
Secure the contents of your home or office to reduce hazards, especially during shaking from an earthquake or from an explosion.

9. Understand Post 9/11 Risks
Disaster preparedness must now account for man-made disasters as well as natural ones. Knowing what to do during an emergency is an important part of being prepared and may make all the difference when seconds count.

10. Get Involved, Volunteer, Bear Responsibility
Donate blood, volunteer with your local American Red Cross, join a local Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), or simply share these 10 simple steps to becoming disaster prepared with your neighbor.

Earthquake Preparedness

Click here to view frequently asked questions and to learn more about this new and innovative system.
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