Among the many disasters that could befall a city of Glendale’s size and geographic location are major fires, earthquakes, flooding, mudslides, and even terrorist attacks. The Glendale Fire Department is committed to providing emergency services when disasters arise. However, in a major disaster, resources will be spread thin, leading to potential delays in delivering help. Fortunately, there are many ways citizens can equip and educate themselves in case a disaster occurs.


Some of the things you can do to prepare for the unexpected, such as assembling a supply kit and developing a family communications plan, are the same for both a natural or man-made emergency.

With a little planning and common sense, you can be better prepared for the unexpected. When preparing for a possible emergency situation, it's best to think first about the basics of survival: fresh water, food, clean air and warmth. View a diagram of how to make a kit.

You should plan in advance what you will do in an emergency. Be prepared to assess the situation, use common sense and whatever you have on hand to take care of yourself and your loved ones. Think about the places where your family spends time: school, work and other places you frequent. Ask about their emergency plans. Find out how they will communicate with families during an emergency. If they do not have an emergency plan, consider helping develop one. View a diagram of how to create a plan.

Disaster preparedness is no longer the sole concern of earthquake prone Californians and those who live in the part of the country known as "Tornado Alley." For Americans, 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. View a diagram of how to be informed.



Learn the important steps to every families emergency preparedness: build a kit, create a family communication plan and learn all of the evacuation routes out of your home and neighborhood.


Learn how to assemble an emergency supply kit. It is important to have an emergency supply kit at home, in the car and at the office.


  • Glendale CERT (Glendale Community Emergency Response Team) - Trains Glendale citizens to assist in saving and sustaining lives following an emergency or disastrous event by applying basic response and organizational skills to their communities, families and neighborhoods until professional emergency response arrives.
  • The American Red Cross offers information regarding preparedness at school, work, home, and in your community. They encourage everyone to “Get a Kit, Make a Plan, and Be Informed.”
  • Los Angeles County - An excellent source of information for the areas prone to flooding, along with a new survival guide and other useful subjects.
  • provides in-depth information about specific steps one can take, whether at home, work, or even at school to make sure they are informed and prepared in case an emergency occurs while taking care of everyday business.
  • - A website designed to educate children on how disasters occur and provides quizzes and games on how to family disaster plan.
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Provides specific disaster information, tips on how to plan ahead, how to apply for monetary assistance after a disaster strikes, what is required to recover and rebuild from a disaster along with much more information. 

Los Angeles County Office of Emergency Services has divided the county in disaster response areas. The City of Glendale is part of the Area C Disaster Management Area. Learn more about Area C Disaster Management.