Los Angeles and Long Beach both rank as top ten “Riskiest” cities

SustainLane, “the web’s best resource for healthy and sustainable living”, has released its annual list of the US cities ranked for natural disaster risk. While we can’t brag of being number one in this instance, we can be proud that Los Angeles and Long Beach both fall in the top ten, in 7th and 9th places, respectively.

Miami takes the number one slot, and our neighbors in the Bay area beat up by being listed ahead of us three times in the same top ten, with Oakland at 3th, San Francisco at 4th, and San Jose at 6th. (h/t: UPI)

The Return of “First Fridays”

On the subject of disasters, Councilman Tom LeBonge is holding a press conference this morning at 9am to “relaunch” First Fridays, a monthly citywide practice of emergency drills and education:

“The recent power outages across the city, some that lasted for several days, was a reminder to all of us to prioritize our own, individual preparedness plans regarding communications with our loved ones, water and food storage, medicines and other critical, life-saving measures,” said Councilmember LaBonge. “Growing up in Los Angeles during the Cold War, we practiced drills every first Friday each month as the city’s air raid sirens went off. While the Cold War is ended, our need for preparedness hasn’t gone away.”

Zach Behrens at LAist has more.

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