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BICEPP - Helping Businesses Become Disaster Resilient
Founded under the direction of Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley in 1983

BICEPP: a non-profit professional association of emergency management and business continuity professionals from both the private and public sector. Our mission is to provide a forum for information exchange in order to enhance disaster resilience within the business community.

Mission: Our goal is to provide a forum for information exchange to enhance emergency preparedness and contingency planning within the business community.


Website: On this site, you’ll find a list of BICEPP's scheduled events; links to programs and events of interest to our members and friends; articles, links and resources helpful for the business and disaster communities; and specific disaster related information for the business community. Scroll down and use the buttons to navigate our site. If you are new to BICEPP, we hope you will consider joining BICEPP to gain access to reduced event fees and resources reserved for BICEPP members only. 

More info on member types (Individual, Corporate and Benefactor) and benefits at: BICEPP Member Benefits From Dropdown Menu

: BICEPP's logo is considered proprietary. If you would like to use it on your website or on other promotional material, BICEPP must approve the use prior to any use.
Please email with your request or with any questions

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Upcoming Events
Upcoming Events

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BICEPP has decided to continue holding its monthly Board of Director Meetings virtually until the threat of COVID-19 is significantly reduced. Each meeting is held from 7:30 am to 10:00 am. Please register for each Zoominar by clicking the respective date. The meeting schedule is as follows:

November 6 -  Register     December 4 - Register


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Anticipating the Behavioral Challenges of COVID-19 & Civil Unrest

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Anticipating the Behavioral Challenges of COVID-19 & Civil Unrest
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Wednesday, Dec 9, 2020
10:00 to 11:00 am

Steve Crimando, principal and founder of Behavioral Science Applications LLC, an operational risk management consultancy located in the New York metropolitan area. He is a consultant and educator focused on the human element in disasters, mass violence and other critical incidents


It is tough living with record wildfires, hurricanes, floods, violent protests, rising COVID-19 deaths and our current intense political and economic turmoil. All causing tremendous stress to individuals, families, communities and organizations. For instance, the Kaiser Family Foundation found a growing number of U.S. adults are struggling with mental health issues linked to worry and stress, as many as 53 percent of us in July, 2020. The emotional and behavioral consequences are becoming increasingly disruptive and damaging. The true cost to society may not be fully realized for years. 

This webinar will help professionals working in emergency management, business continuity, security and public safety roles better manage the consequences of the current threat landscape. Steve will address the unique behavioral elements of COVID-19 and civil unrest, as well as providing approaches to anticipating and responding to the human impacts of these events.


  • Applying a tactical psychology approach: Using clinical information for its operational value
  • Typical and atypical reactions to disasters and public health emergencies
  • Exploring COVID-specific behavioral challenges
  • Understanding group, crowd and mob behavior (including civil unrest)
  • Integrating human factors into policies, plans and exercises
  • Crafting behaviorally accurate drills and exercises

Webinar Flyer Here

Margaret's insight and presentation were awesome. Thank you. Here is a link to her Zoom presentation:

ShakeOut - for Staff Working from Home Video Presentation

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ShakeOut - for Staff Working from Home
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Wednesday, Oct 7, 2020
10:00 to 11:00 am

Speaker: Margaret Vinci (Manager, Caltech Office of Earthquake Programs & Chair, Earthquake Country Alliance Southern CA) 


Margaret will speak about the challenges of preparing for a disaster during times of COVID-19. Staff is working from home offices - make sure they are included in your disaster plans & ShakeOut Drill. Includes resources for your ShakeOut Drill for staff working from home.

Webinar Flyer Here


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The Birth of CERT

Tuesday, Sep 210:00 am - 11:30 am


BICEPP is proud to feature retired LAFD Assistant Fire Chief Frank Borden, aka “The Father of CERT”. Frank will talk about the - Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program from the beginnings in Los Angeles to the nationwide FEMA program we know today.


BICEPP The Birth of CERT.pdf

It was a fantastic webinar, video challenges aside. If you weren't able to participate, here is a Vimeo Video of the presentation. Plus, stay tuned for a possible future repeat performance.

Frank's Sep 2, 2020 Excellent Webinar

Dr. Lee Presents "Can't Touch This" Covid Parody

Posted on Youtube - Jul 28, 2020

Dr. Quentin J. Lee, Alabama principal, sings a rap song about Covid to MC Hammer's classic hit of "Can't Touch This." As we are all getting ready to go back to school, take a break and enjoy this parody.


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LA Mask Project

Download Mask Art for your Business Location (July 25, 2020 - City of Los Angeles)


The programs and initiatives in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act that was just passed by Congress are intended to assist business owners with whatever needs they have right now. When implemented, there will be many new resources available for small businesses, as well as certain non- profits and other employers. This guide provides information about the major programs and initiatives that will soon be available from the Small Business Administration (SBA) to address these needs, as well as some additional tax provisions that are outside the scope of SBA. 

Participate - Several Options Exist

Check Out:
Californians For All - Volunteers

Follow guidelines & give blood if possible
Find Out Where

NOVA - Decoding COVID-19

The coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 has upended life as we know it in a matter of mere months. But at the same time, an unprecedented global effort to understand and contain the virus-and find a treatment for the disease it causes-is underway. Join the doctors on the front lines of the fight against COVID-19 as they strategize to stop the spread, and meet the researchers racing to find treatments and vaccines. Along the way, discover how this devastating disease emerged, what it does to the human body, and why it exploded into a pandemic.

KCET Public Television of Southern California: Enjoy This Excellent 54 Minute Presentation Here

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The National Center for Disaster Preparedness at the Earth Institute works to understand and improve the nation’s capacity to prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters.

The National Center for Disaster Preparedness, Columbia University (NCDP) is offering two free-web based trainings intended for the whole community: AWR-357-W: Principles of Community Economic Recovery and PER-376-W: Preparedness Actions to Promote Economic Resilience and Recovery.

AWR-357-W addresses economic recovery within the National Preparedness Goal and provides resources for whole community planning. PER-376-W encourages economic resilience among private organizations (non-profit and for-profit) confronted with natural disasters. 

In addition to our web-based trainings, NCDP is also conducting a virtual blended version of our Instructor-led training (half independent study, half live virtual session), MGT-462: Community Planning for Economic Recovery, which consists of planning tools and resources for the community to conduct cross-sector planning for disaster recovery.


While the trainings are intended to support communities preparing for or recovering from natural disasters, they are applicable during the COVID-19 pandemic.


We think our course listings would make a good addition to the Business and Industry Council for Emergency Planning & Preparedness Newsletter and would be interested in discussing its inclusion in your forthcoming issue.


The courses and more information on them can be found at

Thank you!

PDFs of both courses:

MGT-462_Course_Details.pdf     NCDP_ECON_WBT.pdf  

NCDP Training Center | Columbia University | 475 Riverside Drive, Suite 401, New York, NY 10115-0095 | (212) 853-6237

COVID-19 Government Links

City of Los Angeles
City of Los Angeles Homepage
Keeping Los Angeles Safe - COVID-19
COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions

Los Angeles City Small Business Emergency Microloan Program


Mar 3 - City of Los Angeles Safer at Home Order.pdf
Guidelines for Wearing a Mask
Apr 4 - Worker Protection Order.pdf
April 10 - Los Angeles Safer At Home Update.pdf

Los Angeles County Emergency Operations Center
City of Los Angeles Emergency Management Department Updates
Aug 24_COVID-19_Update_FINAL.pdf,  Aug 25_COVID-19_Update_FINAL.pdf,   Aug 26_COVID-19_Update_FINAL.pdf
Aug 19_COVID-19_Update_FINAL.pdf,   Aug 20_COVID-19_Update_FINAL.pdf,   Aug 21_COVID-19_Update_FINAL.pdf
Aug 13 COVID-19_Update_FINAL.pdf,   Aug 17_COVID-19_Update_FINAL.pdf,   Aug 18_COVID-19_Update_FINAL.pdf
Aug 8 COVID-19_Update_FINAL.pdf,   Aug 11 COVID-19_Update_FINAL.pdf,   Aug 12 COVID-19_Update_FINAL.pdf
Aug 5_COVID-19_Update_FINAL.pd,   
BOC Partner Sit Report 08.05.2020.pdf,    Aug 6_COVID-19_Update_FINAL.pdf

July 31 COVID-19_Update_FINAL.pdf,   Aug 3 COVID-19_Update_FINAL.pdf,   Aug 4 COVID-19_Update_FINAL.pdf
July 28 COVID-19_Update_FINAL.pdf,   July 29 COVID-19_Update_FINAL.pdf,   July 30 COVID-19_Update_FINAL.pdf
July 24_COVID-19_Update_FINAL.pdf,   July 27 COVID-19_Update_FINAL.pdf,  Jul 22 BOC Partner Sit Report 07.22.2020.pdf
July 20 - COVID-19_Update_FINAL.pdf,   July 22_COVID-19_Update_FINAL.pdf,   July 23 COVID-19_Update_FINAL.pdf
July 16 - COVID-19_Update_FINAL.pdf,  July 17 - COVID-19_Update_FINAL.pdf,   July 15 - 21 BOC Partner Sit Report.pdf
July 13 - COVID-19_Update_FINAL.pdfd,      July 14 - COVID-19_Update_FINAL.pdf,   July 15 - COVID-19_Update_FINAL.pdf

July 8th - July 14th, 2020,   July 9 - COVID-19_Update_FINAL.pdf,   July 10 - COVID-19_Update_FINAL.pdf
July 6 - COVID-19-Update-Final-.pdf,   July 7 - COVID-19-Update-Final-.pdf,   July 8 - COVID-19-Update-Final-.pdf
July 1 - BOC Partner Sit Report.pdf,   July 1 - COVID-19-Update-Final.pdf,   July 2 - COVID-19-Update-Final.pdf
June 26 - COVID-19-Update-Final.pdf,   June 29 - COVID-19-Update-Final.pdf,   June 30 - COVID-19-Update-Final.pd,   
June 23 - COVID-19-Update.Final.pdf,   June 24 - COVID-19-Update.Final.pdf,   June 25 - COVID-19-Update-Final.pdf
June 18 - COVID-19-Update.Final.pdf,   June 19 - COVID-19-Update.Final.pdf,   June 22 - COVID-19-Update.Final.pdf
June 15 - COVID-19-Update.Final.pdf,   June 16 - COVID-19-Update.Final.pdf,   June 17 - COVID-19-Update.Final.pdf
June 10 - COVID-19-Update.Final.pdf,   June 11 - COVID-19-Update-Final.pdf,   June 12 - COVID-19-Update-Final.pdf
June 5 - COVID-19-Update.Final.pdf,   June 8 - COVID-19-Update.Final.pdf,   June 9 - COVID-19-Update.Final.pdf
June 3 - COVID-19-Update-Final.pdf,    June 4 - COVID-19-Update-Final.pdf,   June 5 - (LA City) Joint Information System Report

May 29 - (LA City) Joint Information System Report-(2).pdf,   June 1 - COVID-19-Update-Final.pdf,   June 2 - COVID-19-Update-Final.pdf
May 27 - COVID-19-Update-Final.pdf,   May 28 - COVID-19-Update-Final.pdf,   May 29 - COVID-19-Update-Final.pdf

May 15 - COVID-19 Update-Final.pdf,   May 21 - COVID-19-Update-Final.pdf,   May 26 - COVID-19-Update-Final.pdf 
May 15 - EOC LA City Joint Information System Report.pdf
May 7 - COVID-19 Update.pdf
May 8 - LA City Joint Information System Report- May 8, 2020.pdf

County of Los Angeles

COVID-19 Surveillance Dashboard
COVID-19 LA County
LA County of Public Health
LA County Consumer & Business Affairs
Mar 21 - LA County Notice To Customers.pdf 
Apr 10 - FAQ - Safer at Home Order Updates.pdf

State of California
State of California Homepage
Coronaviris (COVID-19) in California
CA Labor & Workforce - Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) Resources for Employers and Workers
California Business and Employers Site
Covered California for Small Businesses
Finding Child Care   PDF Here
Mar 19 - State of California stay at Home Order
April 1 - State of California Executuve Order N-40-20 Posted
April 14 - State Guidelines for re-opening CA Businesses
Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Program

Federal Government (White House)
Apr 16 - Federal Guidelines Getting Back to Work.pdf

Small Business Administration
June - SBA Loan Updates.pdf
SBA Homepage
June 8 - (SBA - PPP Ext) ...modified borrower and loan forgiveness applications following the enactment of the PPP Flexibility Act
Coronavirus (COVID-19): Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources
SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans Covid FAQs Final.pdf

Centers For Disease Control

(CDC) United States COVID-19 Cases and Deaths by State
June 2 - (CDC) Frequently Asked Questions
Center for Disease Control - COVID-19
CDC's Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019
CDC 30 days coronavirus-guidance.pdf - Cancelled May 1. Left for reference.
CDC - State & Territorial Health Department Websites

National Institute of Health

US Food & Drug Administration
Apr 21 (USFDA) Best Practices for Retail Food Stores, Restaurants, and Food Pick-Up:Delivery Service
Apr 21 (USFDA) COVID_Retail Best Practices_Full Fact Sheet_2.pdf

World Health Organization
 World health Organization        

US State Department
US Dept of State Travel Updates

Coronavirus (COVID 19) Response
FEMA - Coronavirus Rumer Control
May 12 Updates - Exercise Starter Kit for Workshop on Reconstituting Operations
May 1 - Applicant Quick Guide - Completing and Submitting a COVID-19 Streamlined....pdf
May 14 - FEMA PA COVID-19 60-Day Deadline to Identify Damage Memo.pdf

US Fire Administration's

Emergency Management and Response - Information Sharing and Analysis Center (EMR-ISAC) - US Fire Admin - COVID-19.pdf

Additional Resources

Operational Toolkit for Businesses Considering Reopening or Expanding Operations in COVID-19

This operational toolkit has been developed to help business owners who are considering reopening or expanding their operations to determine their establishments’ risk of transmission of COVID-19 and how to reduce it.


Instruction Manual.pdf
Business RA Worksheet.pdf
Assessment Calculator Business Operational Toolkit.xlsx

STI Announces Online COVID-19 Awareness Classes


California - Office of Emergency Management - California Special Training Institute


To help you, your employees and their families better understand this novel coronavirus, CSTI has posted a series of brief awareness-level classes on our Learning Management System. Learning more about this threat helps us all prepare our communities to survive it. 

Available titles include:

• Coronavirus: COVID-19

 Coronavirus: Precautions and Prevention: Common Sense Hygiene

 Coronavirus: Precautions and Prevention: Coronavirus Preparedness

 Coronavirus: Precautions and Prevention: Stay Calm, Stay Informed

 Coronavirus: Precautions and Prevention: Travel Safely

Information & Registration Here

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And COVID-19

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, Earthquake Country Alliance SoCal replaced its normally in-person Spring workshop with a special webinar version on Wednesday, May 20, 2020. The overall theme was Concurrent Disasters: What if an earthquake occurred during a pandemic?


  • Responding to an Earthquake in the COVID-19 Era, Jenny Novak (California Office of Emergency Services)
  • COVID-19 as a Teachable Moment for Inclusive (DAFN) Earthquake Preparedness, Heidi Rosofsky (Global Vision Consortium)
  • Map Your Neighborhood Program overview: Margaret Vinci (Caltech) - Former long-time BICEPP Board Member.
  • Secure Your Space, Mark Benthien (Southern California Earthquake Center)
  • Announcement of 2020 ECA SoCal Mini Awards recipients
  • ECA Resources, Updates, Announcements


Video Recording (YouTube)

View Transcript (automated, may contain errors)

PowerPoint Slides (PDF)


A Special Thanks to BICEPP's Generous Benefactor 2020 Sponsors


2019 Annual Awards' Dinner - Awesome Evening
Held on November 21, 2019 from 6:00 to 10:00 PM at The Proud Bird Events Center (near LAX)

Each year we recognize individuals and organizations for their contributions supporting our mission. BICEPP’s Annual Awards event is a great networking opportunity to meet BICEPP members and other disaster management professionals. And, as always, we conclude with our "world" famous exciting free raffle. Here are this year's awardees:

2019 Invitation.pdf

Meet the 2019 BICEPP Awardees - Bios Here

President's Award

Jeff Edelstein
Owner, SOS Survival Products
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Award Of Excellent Recipients

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(L to R) Joffe Emergency Services School Safety Team; Hector Corral - Project Manager, HSAC@SPP; QuinnWilliams; The Big One Podcast – KPCC (not shown); 
LA Fleet Week; & Nathan Wolfstein – Be More Prepared

Recognition Awardees

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(L to R) Annie Kao - Simpson Strong Tie; Kate Long - The Lucy Jones Foundation for Science And Society;Ines Pearce - Pearce Global Partners;
James Pellegrini - COPE Preparedness; & Dave Dezotell - ETC Building & Design

Rising Star Awardees

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(L to R) Lorraine Schneider - The Walt Disney Company; Lorianne Bundick - UCLA Emergency Management; Jacqueline Fernandez-Ireland - NBCUniversal; 
Carlos Reyes-Andrade - HSAC@SPP; & Ryan Hubbard - WorkSafe Technologies

2019 Ridgecrest earthquake

The 7.1 Ridgecrest, California earthquake is an example of a high magnitude, relatively low intensity earthquake. Though the shaking in the town of Ridgecrest was stronger than the 7.0 Anchorage earthquake, it was less than the shaking felt in the 2014 6.0 Napa earthquake, and much less than either the 1994 6.7 Northridge earthquake or the 2011 New Zealand 6.3 earthquakes...


Disaster & Business Recovery Information & Events of Interest


Events of interest to BICEPP Members and Friends

NY Times Article June 4, 2019

Buildings Can Be Designed to Withstand Earthquakes. Why Doesn’t the U.S. Build More of Them?

Article Here

Dr Lucy Jones spoke in Granada Hills on Aug 16, 2019 to packed house

Dr. Lucy Jones, renowned seismologist and author of The Big Ones , spoke about Preparing For Increased Risk From Natural Disasters in Granada Hills. Dr Jones in one of the foremost experts on natural disasters, especially the long term affects on Los Angeles environs. It was arranged by BICEPP member Bill Hopkins and the board of the Southern California Preparedness Foundation ( Read More Here


Principles and Techniques of Securing Your Business & Home

Informative video from one of BICEPP's Board members -  principles and techniques of anchorage.....

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Glen Granholm, Vice-President of Safe-T-Proof Presents:

How do you know what items need to be secured? Determining the best bracing protocol. This video will answer many of your questions.

Glen is also a member of BICEPP's Board of Directors in addition to being an "anchoring" expert.

Check out this very informative video

NOTE: This post is not a BICEPP endorsement of a product or service. However, it is something we feel our membership and disaster professionals will find extremely helpful. We are always interested in credible materials that will better prepare each of us to survive unexpected emergencies.


Supporting Employees During Times of Extreme Circumstance
From: California Resiliency Alliance, Business Recovery Managers Association, and Association of Continuity Professionals. March 29, 2018

From hurricanes in the Gulf Coast to active shooter incidents, and wildfires in the west, the United States had its share of extreme circumstances in 2017. 

This report serves to provide insights into how public and private sector organizations are supporting their employees during times of extreme circumstance. The anonymous responses from participants, included in each section, hopefully inspire ideas within your own organization.

The survey was designed to capture free-form responses from a variety of organizations in the public and private sectors. This allowed participants to elaborate on the formal and informal methods their organizations have in place to support employees. 

Supporting Employees During Times of Extreme Circumstance Report 03.29.2018.pdf


Life Saving Active Shooter Information - too many needless deaths
What Would You Do Saying

LA County SheriffIn light of the terrifying events that unfolded on the campus of #?UCLA, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department would like to remind everyone that there is guidance and information, as well as materials and workshops to better prepare you to deal with an active shooter situation.

What would you do

Please review #?LASDs “Surviving an Active Shooter”, created to help people answer the question “What Would You Do”:






Watch video here: LA Active Shooter Video


On this site, you can also find links to materials produced by other agencies that will help you develop an action and emergency response plan.


How To Protect Yourself: A Chronology, Initially published November 16, 2015
Editor's Note: Events such as the Nov. 13 Paris attacks cannot always be predicted, but there are steps you can take to avoid imperiling yourself even more than the situation itself does. Click on the links to the following analyses, culled from the minds of Stratfor security experts, to learn how to increase your chances of survival should the worst happen.
Main Article Topics - Includes Several Helpful Links:
1. What is Your Best Weapon
2. Building Blocks of Personal Security: Reacting to Situation Danger
3. Building Blocks of Personal Security: Situational Awareness
4.Conversation: Reacting to Active Shooter Situations

Workplace Homicides from Shootings


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There were 500 workplace homicides in the United States in 2016

Homicides accounted for 10 percent of all fatal occupational injuries in the United States in 2016. There were 500 workplace homicides in 2016, an increase of 83 cases from 2015. The 2016 total was the highest since 2010. Of the workplace homicides in 2016, 409 (82 percent) were homicides to men and 91 (18 percent) were homicides to women. Homicides represented 24 percent of fatal occupational injuries to women in 2016 compared with 9 percent of fatal occupational injuries to men.

More info at


Active Shooter Preparedness - US Department of Homeland Security
HomelandSecurityLogo.jpgThe Department of Homeland Security (DHS) aims to enhance preparedness through a ”whole community” approach by providing training, products, and resources to a broad range of stakeholders on issues such as active shooter awareness, incident response, and workplace violence. In many cases, there is no pattern or method to the selection of victims by an active shooter, and these situations are by their very nature are unpredictable and evolve quickly. DHS offers free courses, materials, and workshops to better prepare you to deal with an active shooter situation and to raise awareness of behaviors that represent pre-incident indicators and characteristics of active shooters.

Contents on this website...:

  • Active Shooter Resources for Law Enforcement and Trainers: The National Summit on Multiple casualty Shootings, Progress Report on the President’s Executive Actions to Help Reduce Gun Violence, The Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) and Active Shooter Web Portal
  • Active Shooter Training Provided by the Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers (FLETC)
  • Active Shooter: What You Can Do Course
  • Active Shooter Webinar
  • Active Shooter Workshop Series
  • Active Shooter: How to Respond Resource Materials
  • Options for Consideration Active Shooter Preparedness Video
  • Conducting Security Assessments: A Guide for Schools and Houses of Worship Webinar
  • U.S. Secret Service (USSS) Active Shooter Related Research

Without An Emergency Plan...

SBA - Planning for Disasters in Advance

Small business owners invest a tremendous amount of time, money and resources to make their ventures successful, yet, many owners fail to properly plan and prepare for disaster situations. According to the Institute for Business and Home Safety, an estimated 25 percent of businesses do not reopen following a major disaster. You can protect your business by identifying the risks associated with natural and man-made disasters, and by creating a plan for action should a disaster strike. By keeping those plans updated, you can help ensure the survival of your business.  SBA Business & Disaster Webpage


SBA - Emergency Preparedness Resources 
The resources below can help you develop a plan to protect your employees, lessen the financial impact of disasters, and re-open your business quickly to support economic recovery in your community.



City of Los Angeles - Emergency Management Department

LA City LogoLA EOM LogoWith approximately 4 million residents and 400,000 business firms, the City of Los Angeles Emergency Management Department (EMD) has the enormous task of planning and preparing all City departments, residents and businesses for man-made and natural emergencies, as well as coordinating subsequent response, recovery and mitigation efforts. We work to resolve the challenges in emergency management. Our goals are designed to be specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and time-bound (SMART).

Los Angeles Emergency Management Department (EMD) Operations Links...


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Website here...


County of Los Angeles - Office of Emergency Management

LAC CEO OEM LOGOLA County home_collageThe Office of Emergency Management (OEM) has the responsibility for organizing and directing the preparedness efforts of the Emergency Management Organization of Los Angeles County. OEM is the day-to-day Los Angeles County Operational Area coordinator for the entire geographic area of the county. This broad responsibility includes:


Planning and Coordination * Operations • Training • Technical Operations • Public Education


Planning & Coordination Includes:

Maintaining an approved Operational Area Emergency Response Plan • Providing ongoing leadership and coordinating disaster plans and exercises with the 88 cities, 137 unincorporated communities and 288 special districts in the county • Assisting County departments to develop department emergency plans which address how they will perform both their non-deferrable missions and Operational Area duties during disasters • Assisting County departments with development of facility emergency plans for every occupied County facility • Supporting and advising the Board of Supervisors, Emergency Management Council and Emergency Preparedness Commission • Supporting and advising the Board of Supervisors in matters pertaining to their role as elected officials during emergencies and disasters.


Cal OES - Governor's Office of Emergency Services

For Businesses & Organizations - one of 27 divisions of Cal OES

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Businesses 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. 

If you are not sure whether your property or business is at risk from a disaster caused natural hazards, be sure to check the MyHazards website.



CAL OES - California State Threat Assessment System 

CalStateThreatAssesmentLogoProtecting society through shared information and communication

The State Threat Assessment System (STAS) helps safeguard the communities of California by serving as a dynamic security nexus comprised of the State, four Regional and a major urban area Fusion Center.  The STAS assists in the detection, prevention, investigation and response to criminal and terrorist activity, disseminates intelligence and facilitates communications between state, local, federal, tribal agencies and private sector partners, to help them take action on threats and public safety issues. The STAS is a key component of California's Homeland Security Strategy.



LA Times Earthquake Recent Articles
Earthquake fault maps and other articles

Lack of preparation for massive earthquake could bring catastrophe, report says
Los Angeles Times, June 23, 2016
LA Times Unprepared Article

Southern California’s smaller cities and large businesses must take the threat of a crippling earthquake far more seriously than they have been, a committee of business, public policy and utility leaders said Thursday, saying action is needed to “prevent the inevitable disaster from becoming a catastrophe.”

Despite strides made by the city of Los Angeles to focus on earthquake safety, Southern California still faces significant threats that haven’t been resolved.

One of the most ominous is the looming threat on the edge of Southern California’s sprawling metropolis — the Cajon Pass. It’s a narrow mountain pass where the San Andreas fault — California’s longest and one of its most dangerous — intersects with combustible natural gas and petroleum pipelines, electrical transmission lines, train tracks and Interstate 15 north of San Bernardino. 


LA Times Article here....LA Times Article Link here...

Earthquake Country Alliance Logo2The Earthquake Country Alliance (ECA) is a public-private partnership of people, organizations, and regional alliances that work together to improve preparedness, mitigation and resiliency.

ECA provides information and resources to help everyone who lives, works, or travels in earthquake country get prepared to survive and recover quickly, by following the Seven Steps to Earthquake Safety.

The links are very helpful, as well as this FEMA video: When the Earth Shakes by FEMA


USGS Earthquake Hazards Program
USGS LogoThe USGS Earthquake Hazards Program is part of the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP), established by Congress in 1977. We monitor and report earthquakes, assess earthquake impacts and hazards, and research the causes and effects of earthquakes.

Facts, Fiction, & Friction: The Threat of Earthquakes in the U.S

March 30, 2016 "Larry King Now" Interview With Lucy Jones


“We are absolutely at risk. Plate tectonics goes on here in California. We are sitting on a plate boundary. We have to have an earthquake the size of Northridge every decade or so on average....People are afraid of dying by the earthquake, but you should really be more afraid of being bankrupted by the earthquake. Eighteen hundred dead but 213 billion dollars in losses was our estimate when we worked it all out for this. 300,000 buildings lose more than ten percent their value.”
Website highlights here Larry King Now March 30, 2016 or enjoy the entire Interview (28 minutes) here.
BICEPP wishes Dr. Jones well in her expected very busy retirement....
"Meet Lucy Jones, the EarthquakeLadySmithsonian, Feb 2012

San Andreas fault 'locked, loaded and ready to roll' with big earthquake, expert says....

The San Andreas fault is one of California’s most dangerous, and is the state’s longest fault. Yet for Southern California, the last big earthquake to strike the southern San Andreas was in 1857, when a magnitude 7.9 earthquake ruptured an astonishing 185 miles between Monterey County and the San Gabriel Mountains near Los Angeles. It has been quiet since then — too quiet, said Thomas Jordan, director of the Southern California Earthquake Center.


California quake warning system could start sending public alerts by 2018 - Los Angeles Times, May 16, 2016
LA Times graphic of how the system works.Early earthquake warning systemIn a major reversal, Gov. Jerry Brown is seeking state funds for a fledgling earthquake early warning system for California, which would allow for a limited rollout of alerts by 2018.
A limited rollout of the system in two years would mean that places such as classrooms, offices, shopping malls, amusement parks and police and fire stations could have ready access to alerts that would give seconds, and perhaps more than a minute, of warning before strong shaking comes in a big earthquake. LA Times graphic of how the system works.

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