Preparedness and Supply Chain Resilience

The City of San Marino is not a critical hub in the global supply chain; however, our City is situated in the middle of Southern California, which does serve as a global hub of trade, imports, and exports.  The Southern California region is essential to the nation's ability to eat, drive, play, work, and innovate.

As we have seen this past year in our own Nation, disasters have regional impacts.  The unique geography of this region leaves the Southern California area - including the City of San Marino - vulnerable to significant supply chain interruptions.  Nearly every major transportation corridor and all three aqueducts bringing fresh water into the Southern California area cross the San Andreas Fault.  Critical sectors of our supply chain provide resources essential to response and recovery in the event of a disaster. These critical sectors include food, water, fuel, transportation, medical goods, and pharmaceuticals.

The City of San Marino is prone to the same catastrophic disasters that can affect the greater Southern California region.  An earthquake along the San Andreas Fault has the potential to damage the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, interrupting supply chains locally, region-wide, and nationally.  Similarly, such a catastrophic disaster has the potential to effectively cut the City of San Marino off by land and severely impact our resident’s ability to obtain essential commodities and medical supplies. It is important that each of us plan to take care of ourselves and our families for a minimum of three days, or realistically at least seven days.  The best practice is to be prepared for 14 days.

Where do you start? Here are some tips from the San Marino Fire Department that provide an excellent place to start your personal preparedness:

Gather supplies for your home:

  • Manual can opener
  • Flashlight
  • Battery-powered radio; extra batteries
  • First-Aid kit, extra medicine
  • Blanket and/or sleeping bag
  • Personal Hygiene and special care items
  • Drinking water and non-perishable canned food
  • Tools (i.e. hammer, nails, wrench, bungee cords)
  • Large heavy duty bags and bucket for waste and sanitation

Pack a “Go-Bag” for rapid evacuation from your home:

  • Bottled water and non-perishable food
  • Flashlight
  • Battery-powered radio, extra batteries
  • Copy of important documents
  • Extra set of car and house keys
  • Sturdy shoes, change of clothing
  • First aid kit, extra medicine
  • Personal hygiene and special care items
  • Household contact and meeting place info
  • Credit and ATM cards, cash in small denominations

How Can I Be Prepared at Work?

  • Pack a work place “Go-Bag” with such items as:  Water and non-perishable food
  • Dust mask
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Emergency cash
  • Flashlight
  • Battery-powered radio, extra batteries
  • Sturdy shoes, change of clothing
  • Emergency point-of-contact phone numbers
  • First aid kit, extra medicine, glasses, contact lens

Consider what you would need for your immediate safety

Educating our community to the risks we face is one of the most effective ways to ensure that we are prepared in the event of a future emergency in our City, and every resident and neighborhood in San Marino should be a part of that preparedness.  If you have questions regarding preparedness, please contact the San Marino Fire Department at (626) 300-0735.