L.A. panel calls for more staff for disaster preparedness
By Patrick McGreevy
Los Angeles Times
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Conceding that Los Angeles has taken inadequate steps to prepare for a natural disaster or terrorist attack, a city panel Monday recommended a nearly 50% boost in staffing to plan for catastrophes.
The City Council's Public Safety Committee endorsed a plan to increase the staff of the city's Emergency Preparedness Department from 17 to 25 people, including six new emergency coordinators to plan for and develop training for disaster responses.