Encouraging Emergency Preparedness & Safety
While natural gas has the best safety and reliability record of all traditional energy sources, we still need to be vigilant about following our established safety guidelines and continually reaching out to Southern Californians with information on:
- How to detect a natural gas leak and what to do
- Why you should call 811 before any outdoor digging
- The importance of family and workplace emergency preparedness
- Our informative safety brochures, available in 14 languages
- How to avoid being scammed
- Pipeline safety
- Contractor safety
Among our programs and activities in 2018:
- Armenian Community Emergency Response Team Program: SoCalGas supported the first ever Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program training in Armenian, in partnership with the California Volunteers and the California Governor’s Office. The grant was able to provide training and demonstrations in key areas of: fire safety, splinting and lifts, victims in training, evacuations and preparedness.
- The Lucy Jones Center for Science and Society: Partnership provided communities with scientific information related to natural hazards and disasters. Program would strengthen the community’s resilience from social scientists and science-based information, ultimately inspiring local, state and civic communities about the education.
- American Red Cross – Greater Los Angeles:
- SoCalGas supported their PrepareSoCal 2.0 covering Los Angeles, Orange County, Riverside and San Bernardino Counties. Our grant assists them in their four-year program to strengthen the resilience of SoCal underserved communities that were identified disaster risks and impacts based on limited access. Fire and earthquake preparedness training is part of the greater community resilience program.
- SoCalGas also supported the American Red Cross’ Home Fire Safety Campaign. The grant supported their 5-year initiative that aims to reduce home fire deaths and injuries by 25% in the United States. The events in Bell and South Los Angeles focused on installing free smoke alarms and provided emergency preparedness education to local residents.
- Fiesta Educativa, Inc.: Partnership provided guidance and resource to families with family members with special needs in emergencies and disasters. The program guides community members to train others as well in English and Spanish. Targeted underserved communities: Montebello, Pico Rivera, Whittier, South Whitter, La Puente, Santa Fe Springs, El Monte and South El Monte.