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.

LAFD CERT Valley Classes
January 23 – Pacoima, Battalion 12
March 1 – Porter Ranch, Battalion 15
March 14 – Granada Hills, Battalion 15 (sponsored by Granada Hills North Neighborhood Council and North Valley Coalition)

Classes already started, but if you need a make-up session, here is the info:

  • January 8 – Canoga Park, Battalion 15
  • January 9 – Sherman Oaks, Battalion 10
  • January 9 – Sun Valley, Battalion 12

Map Your Neighborhood/Search and Rescue/Triage Drill in the Community of Oakridge
March 9, 2019, 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm (it’s on our calendar).

To prepare, Battalion 12 will be extending (slightly) their Jan. and Feb. Community Meetings (all are invited) to run from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Contact Janet Gibson, LAFD CERT Battalion 12 Co-coordinator, at lafdcertbatt12@gmail.com.

How to Make a Great “GO Bag”

Jeff Edelstein of SOS Products will be bringing many new along with tried and true emergency preparedness products. More info at eventbrite. Contact Batn.10 coordinators Sally Thompson or Jody Arensberg at lafdcertbatt10@gmail.com for further information.

Sherman Oaks East Valley Adult Center
5056 Van Nuys Blvd.
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403

Sunday, January 27, 2019
12:30 pm to 2:30 pm

Operations South Bureau (OSB) CERT Refresher Training
In a large-scale disaster, government resources may be overwhelmed and unable to immediately assist citizens in their community. Emergency response personnel may be delayed for hours, even days. Preparing the community is vital in preparedness and resiliency.

The purpose of this refresher drill is to review and provide hands-on training that will include the incident command system, medical operations (triage, treatment, transport), search and rescue, fire suppression, and disaster alley.  OPEN TO ALL CERT GRADUATES!

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE): helmet, goggles, dust mask, gloves, appropriate clothing (long pants, and closed-toe shoes) is MANDATORY!  Bring your lunch and drinks. Please be prompt!

Register at eventbrite.

Peck Park Community Center
560 N. Western Ave.
San Pedro, CA 90732

Saturday, January 19, 2019
7:30 am to 3:00 pm

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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.

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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.

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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.