Are you prepared for an unexpected emergency?

Posted at 11:21 PM, Oct 19, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-20 02:21:43-04

On Thursday night, Tehachapi Police hosted members of the Red Cross, Kern County Fire Department, CERT, and the City of Tehachapi to advise the community on how to best be prepared for emergency events including wildfires, mudslides, and earthquakes.

"You can look at a lot of examples throughout the country," said Tehachapi Assistant City Manager Chris Kirk. "First responders aren't usually able to get there right away."

He recommends having an emergency preparedness kit stocked with food, water and supplies to get you through the first 72 hours after a disaster. Kirk says to keep in mind what you would need in the event of power outages, delays in help, road closures, and limited or no communication. 

"There is a lot of things that can do wrong nd being prepared just gives you that peace of mind," said Kirk.

These are some resources to help you get started on your emergency kit and plan:

Ready Kern

Kern County Community Emergency Response Team

Emergency Checklist