LOS ANGELES, Calif.–The Los Angeles city controller announced plans today to review the city’s emergency preparedness in the event of a natural disaster following Hurricane Irene’s damage on the East Coast.

City Controller Wendy Greuel said she would spearhead an audit of the city’s emergency disaster plans. The city has made strides to update the plan in the past few years after the controller’s office determined in 2008 an overall plan for natural disaster response was lacking, Gruel said.

The office of the city controller conducts audits and recommends improvements to ensure city operations continue to run effectively, she added.

“The destruction and wreckage along the East Coast remind us that natural disasters, including earthquakes, flash floods and fires can hit at any time and ravage communities,” Greuel said.

“I believe that some new emergency preparedness directives are being implemented, however I want to make sure Los Angeles gets this right–we need to be prudent to ensure we are fulfilling our most important obligation to protect Angelenos.”

Greuel also reminded residents to keep basic emergency supplies handy, such as flashlights, batteries, canned food and water.

For more information visit www.controller.lacity.org.