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Preparedness Information for Residents  Preparedness Information for Businesses
Disaster Assistance information for Residents Disaster Assistance information for Businesses

For Residents

The City of south Pasadena encourages everyone to be prepared for emergencies up to 7 days. People should be prepared for emergencies in their home, workplace and car. We recommend everyone follow these three simple steps:

1. Get a Kit
  • Food and water
  • First Aid supplies
  • Contact information
  • Special needs supplies, including kids and pets
  • Flashlight/ radio
  • Blankets, clothing and sturdy shoes 
 2. Have a Plan
  • Talk with friends and family about communicating after a disaster
  • Be sure that all contact information and phone numbers are updated
  • Keep contact information on a piece of paper in your wallet or purse, not only in cell phones
  • We suggest text messaging, instead of telephone calls during and after a disaster
  • Identify a primary and secondary meeting location in case your home is inaccessible
3. Be informed

For Businesses

Be a partner and make South Pasadena the most resilient community in Southern California.

The emergency management program is developing partnerships with businesses to better prepare for response and recovery in emergencies and incidents that may impact South Pasadena.

The High Price of not being prepared

  • Companies that do not resume operations at some level withn ten days of a disaster are not likely to survive.
  • Of businesses that experience a disaster and have no emergency plan, 43% never reopen; of those that do reopen, only 29% are still operating two years later.

Preparedness Planning for your Business

 Bussinesses can do much to prepare for the impact of the many hazards they face in today's world including natural hazards like floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes and widespread serious illness such as the H1N1 flu virus pandemic. Human-caused hazards include accidents, acts of violence by people and acts of terrorism. Examples of technology-related hazards are the failure or malfunction of systems, equipment or software.

The five steps in developing a preparedness program are:

  • Program Management
    • Organize, develop and administer your preparedness program
    • Identify regulations that establish minimum requirements for your program
  • Planning
    • Gather information about hazards and assess risks
    • Conduct a business impact analysis (BIA)
    • Examine ways to prevent hazards and reduce risks
  • Implementation - Write a preparedness plan addressing:
    • Resource management
    • Emergency response
    • Crisis communications
    • Business continuity
    • Information technology
    • Employee assistance
    • Incident management
    • Training
  • Testing and Exercises
    • Test and evaluate your plan
    • Define different types of exercises
    • Use exercise results to evaluate the effectiveness of the plan
  • Program Improvement
    • Identify when the preparedness program needs to be reviewed
    • Discover methods to evaluate the preparedness program
    • Utilize the review to make necessary changes and plan improvements

Disaster Assistance Information

The Individual Assistance coordinates with federal, state, local, and voluntary/non-profit entities to provide recovery assistance following a disaster that impacts individuals and households, businesses, and/or the agricultural community in the State of California.

Individuals and Households

When individuals and households are affected by an emergency or disaster, assistance may come in a variety of ways. This may include government, non-profit, volunteer and faith-based agencies/organizations. Although disaster assistance programs are not designed to return you to pre-disaster conditions, they may help you begin the Recovery Process.


The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) offers low-interest disaster loans to homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes and private non-profit organizations in declared disaster areas damaged by floods and other acts of nature, riots, civil disorders, or industrial accidents such as oil spolls. SBA is the primary form of federal assistance for the repair and rebuilding of non-farm business disaster losses.

  • Physical Disaster Loans are for permanent rebuilding and replacement of uninsured or underinsured disaster-damaged privately-owned real and/or personal property. SBA makes physical disaster loans up to $2.0 million to qualified businesses or private non-profit organizations.
  • Economic Disaster Injury Loans - If your business or private non-profit organization is located in a declared disaster area, and suffered substantial economic injury as a direct result of a declared disaster, you are eligible to apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan.

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