Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Emergency Preparedness

Holiday traffic is the worst. Especially when you make the Top 10 for Worst Holiday Traffic (thanks Kevin):

Los Angeles -- Northbound Interstate 5 from Van Nuys through Castaic and Southbound through Orange County. Northbound gets highly congested with holiday travelers heading to San Francisco, Fresno, and other Northern California cities, while southbound attracts those travelers heading towards San Diego and Tijuana.
So, are you prepared? Here is a list of three items to help survive L.A. bumper-to-bumper traffic:
  • Audio. The most obvious, but the most essential. Have music for all moods and/or books on tape (try stand up comedy). Why not learn a new language? And the best radio you can get is This American Life or Car Talk (luckily you can buy archived episodes of each for your iPod).

  • Food. Don't forget it. Dried fruits and nuts stay best in your car. And for real emergencies, always have a case of water in your trunk.

  • Zen. Charlotte Joko Beck said it best in Nothing Special: Living Zen, "Enjoy Traffic."

1 comment:

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...


We enjoy your blog and thank you for sharing what's on the mind of many who live in and near the south rim of the San Fernando Valley.

If perchance someone lands on your site seeking Emergency Preparedness information, please feel free to direct them to the Los Angeles Fire Department Home Page at, where they'll find a pull-down menu listing some of the most popular disaster and emergency preparedness sites on the net.

Then again, if Sherman Oaks residents would like to speak with someone at the LAFD regarding personal, family, business and community preparedness, they can call 3-1-1 and ask to be connected to the LAFD's Disaster Preparedness Unit or the City of Los Angeles Emergency Preparedness Department. No matter what your needs, we're always there to help.

Wishing you a safe and happy Thanksgiving,

Brian Humphrey
Public Service Officer
Los Angeles Fire Department

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