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Earthquake Safety and Preparedness Tips

April 16, 2014 9:03 am

Earthquakes are by nature unpredictable. But even if we can't know exactly when an earthquake may happen, there are some simple ways to be prepared and stay safe. Here are some earthquake safety and preparedness tips from Ready.gov:

Prepare an Emergency Kit
One of the most effective ways to be ready for any natural disaster is to prepare an emergency kit in advance. Ready.gov suggests creating a kit containing items like essential first aid supplies, flashlights, food and water, and essential documents including insurance and banking information and IDs like passports and licenses. Click here to see Ready.gov's full set of suggestions for creating an emergency kit.

Create a Family Communication Plan
It's possible that your family may not be together when an earthquake happens, and Ready.gov recommends putting a family communication plan in place so that you'll know how to get in touch. Create simple contact cards for each member of your family with information on how to contact them at home, work, school, or on a cell phone. Ready.gov also recommends using text messages, as text messages can often get through when cell phone service is disrupted.

Stay Safe During and After an Earthquake
During an earthquake, there are some simple steps you can take to stay safe. If you're indoors, be sure to stay away from glass, windows, doors, and anything that could fall or break. Ready.gov recommends seeking cover beneath a table or desk or crouching in a corner while covering your face and head with your arms. If you're outdoors, move away from buildings, street lamps, and wires. If you're driving, stop the car until the earthquake is over. After an earthquake, remain safe by avoiding damaged areas, downed power lines, and other debris.

Visit Ready.gov to see more earthquake safety tips.

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Happy Spring!

April 14, 2014 8:41 am

The sun is shining and the flowers are starting to bloom. Wishing everyone a lovely Spring!

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Toast: Cupcakes for Breakfast—Or Lunch or Dinner

April 2, 2014 9:02 am

When Toast's website claims it can please even the pickiest of eaters, it's not exaggerating. Guests from The Rachael Ray Show, The Hills, and The Today Show​ have all been filmed sharing a meal there. Perhaps that's because chefs create its widely renowned breakfast dishes morning, noon, and night.

Anything goes for breakfast or brunch at Toast—even cupcakes. Try the red velvet cupcake, a local favorite, or the bakery's own spin on the classic: blue velvet. Its banana pudding also caters to customers with a helping of vanilla wafers, Oreos, or peanut butter cups on top. For more conventional breakfast grub, order classic buttermilk pancakes, stuffed French toast, or eggs and omelets. Vegetarians especially love the breakfast menu, since nearly everything fits their dietary restrictions—you can even opt for veggie sausage.

And the kitchen keeps churning out savory and sweet fare even after the breakfast rush. At lunch, you can start with calamari rings and end with a grilled falafel burger or turkey avocado wrap. Whereas when dinner rolls around, chefs shift gears to more upscale dishes ranging from grilled salmon to thin-crust margherita pizzas. Make sure you order the sweet potato fries with dinner—customers rave about them.

Toast
8221 W. 3rd Street
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(323) 655-5018
http://www.toastbakerycafe.net/index.html
http://www.yelp.com/biz/toast-bakery-cafe-los-angeles

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