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Are you prepared for a natural disaster?

Don’t let unpreparedness be the disaster for your family!

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Los Angelenos know all too well after the recent fires that natural disasters can strike at any time. Experts agree that the first 72 hours after a natural disaster are the most critical for survival and the recovery for a community. Are you prepared? Does everyone in your family know where to go, when, and how? During this interactive session the founder of LadyBugOut and experts in family disaster preparedness will guide you through the important questions you should ask when creating a comprehensive plan for your family.

We will discuss the elements of a BugOut Plan including:

  • Safety: What natural disasters should my family prepare for? How will I know whether my family should BugIn or BugOut? 
  • Medical: What are the health concerns of each member of my family? 
  • Nutrition: What are my family’s personalized nutritional needs for 72 hours? 
  • Comfort: How should my family prepare for emotional needs? How should we personalize our disaster preparedness plan?

During the workshop, participants will begin to fill out a worksheet that answers questions about the above four areas, while keeping their own family in mind. Participants will be encouraged to complete the worksheet with their family, as well as a number of other essential next steps to take action on the plan.
Start the new year right. Don’t let unpreparedness be the disaster for your family!


Linda Mansolillo, CEO/Founder LadyBugOut: Linda is a strategist for a biotechnology company and an Air Reserve Medical Officer. Her background in disaster planning includes being a former Emergency Medical Technician and Flight Chief/Biomedical Science Officer for an air reserve medical squadron. She is currently assigned a reservist to the Air University's Surgeon General. Additionally she is an instructor and subject matter expert teaching Advanced and Basic Disaster Planning courses around the globe on behalf of the Defense Institute of Medical Operations, a dual agency of the Department of Defense. She is in her final course to complete a Master’s Certificate in Global Health at the Uniformed Services University. She has Bachelors of Science, a Master’s Degree in Business, and a Masters in Military Operational Art and Science Degree. She is also certified in various disaster response courses from FEMA.

Susan Ko, PhD, Advisor LadyBugout is a clinical psychologist who has worked with children, young adults, and parents in Boston, New York and Los Angeles for close to two decades. She was the Co-Managing Director at the federally-funded National Center for Child Traumatic Stress for 13 years. In that role, she provided leadership and coordinated activities of 79+ sites nationwide to develop services and products to improve access to trauma-focused assessment and practices, increase cultural awareness and competence, and create systems change. In addition to her current role as VP of People at a biotechnology company, Dr. Ko is a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice in Los Angeles, providing clinical services, executive coaching, and leadership development to children, adults, families, and executives. She is also proud to serve on the Board of Directors of 826LA. 

Maria LaPlant, DO,  Advisor LadyBugout: is a Board Certified Emergency Medicine Physician, and USAF Veteran.  After completing medical school and internship training, she went on to serve as a USAF Flight Surgeon at Kunsan AFB in South Korea, and Shaw AFB in South Carolina.  During her service, she participated in many disaster response training and mass casualty exercises. She completed courses in advanced trauma life support, advanced cardiac life support and pediatric advanced life support.  She deployed to Bagram AB, Afghanistan with the 79th FS. After her time in the USAF, she matched into Loma Linda University’s Emergency Medicine Residency. Currently, she practices as an attending Emergency Medicine Physician in Southern California.