CERT Community Meetings
CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) Community meetings are free and open to all. You do not have to be a trained CERT responder to attend these meetings. Meetings are held throughout Los Angeles. Information on these meetings and much more is available at cert-la.com.
To sign up for a CERT class, go to eventbrite.com and search for CERT LA. You’ll see a listing of all the Los Angeles CERT training and other classes listed, and can click on the REGISTER button to sign up.
Fire Service Day is May 11th and we will need volunteers to help us in our booth. Fire Station 86 has a pancake breakfast every year along with their silent auctions. We need people to help set up an ez-up and the table paraphernalia. The hours are 0630-1300. If anyone is able to help out part of the time let us know, we really appreciate it. Wear your full uniform if you have it, your CERT T-shirt if you don’t or your vest. Black pants should also be worn. We may need more people for an additional fire station on May 12th. More information to follow.
Resources For Getting Prepared
PDF files for personal, car, pet, work, home, kid’s go bag suggested contents, pet preparedness, home security, nuclear safety, where supplies can be purchased, and much more, are on the Southern California Preparedness Foundation website:SoCalPrep.us. Amazon is also a great place to shop.
What? You Didn’t Know?
The epicenter of an earthquake is the point on the earth’s surface above the hypocenter. The hypocenter is the beginning point of an earthquake, creating a rupture front that moves along the fault, releasing energy along the way. So consider this: You can be a long way away from the epicenter and still be on top of the earthquake!
Some of Southern California Preparedness Foundation’s EP lists have been translated into Spanish and are available for download from our website (SoCalPrep.us) on the Resources tab.
We have many more pages in need of translation. If you are willing to help, or know someone who is, please let me know.
Radio Nets Emphasizing Emergency/Disaster Preparedness
If you have a ham radio license and your call sign doesn’t appear here: ________, please let me know what it is. Licensed amateurs are encouraged to check in on the ham radio nets listed below.
FRS/GMRS nets. (Family Radio Service/General Mobile Radio Service.) Radio operators are encouraged to check into any (or all!) of the following nets:
- Lake Balboa Neighborhood Council EP net meets every Sunday, 10:00 am (or at the conclusion of the ham radio EP net), on channel 15.
- Oakridge Estates (Sylmar) net meets every Sunday at 10:30 am on channel 15.
- Neighborhood Council Valley Village net meets the last Sunday of the month, 10:00 am, on channel 5.
- Los Feliz Neighborhood Council net meets the first Monday of the month, 7:00 pm, on channel 15.
- CERT South Bureau (Westside Village) net meets the first Tuesday of the month, about 7:30 pm (follows a ham radio net), on channel 15 via GMRS repeater. Net control may also be able to hear you simplex, so if you are not GMRS licensed, give it a try on simplex.
Amateur Radio (ham) nets. Licensed amateur radio operators are encouraged to check into any (or all!) of the following nets:
- Lake Balboa Emergency Preparedness net meets every Sunday morning, 9:00 am, on 145.570 mHz simplex
- Hillside Communities Emergency Communications (HCEC) net meets every Saturday morning, 8:30 am, on 144.505 mHz, +600 kHz, PL tone: 162.2.
- CERT South Bureau (Westside Village) net meets the first Tuesday of the month at 7:00 pm on the Hughes repeater, 445.620 mHz, -5 mHz, PL tone: 127.3.
- Southern California Mutual Aid net meets every Tuesday at 7:00 pm on 447.820 mHz, -5 mHz, PL tone: 67.0.