Brush clearance for very high fire severity zones

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Attached is the Granada Hills North Neighborhood Council’s (GHNNC) Emergency Preparedness agenda for the Tuesday, May 21, EP meeting at 7:00 pm.

As we no longer occupy the office on Woodley Ave. (area is being redeveloped), we’ll be meeting at a different location this month. We’ll be in the Adam Center (education building) of the Methodist Church, 12121 Balboa Blvd., Granada Hills, 91344. Map can be found here:

Everyone is invited to attend. Plenty of free parking.

Scheduled topic is brush clearance for very high fire severity zones.

If you live near or in “the Zone” (and even if you don’t) this is valuable information. The safety of your home can be significantly increased with proper brush clearance, advanced planning, and preparation. Know that brush clearance is a year-round responsibility. Have the rules changed from last year? Come ask your questions and learn the details, and how to avoid fees and fines.

Capt. Joe Szabados of A platoon at our first-in Fire Station 18 will review the requirements and procedures concerning brush clearance, talk about defensible zones around property, answer your questions, and cover general fire protection options.


If you have a specific topic or training opportunity you’d like us to consider for our EP meetings, or a particular speaker, send me the info. Thank you.

Bill Hopkins

Emergency Preparedness Chair, GHNNC
Public Safety Vice Chair, GHNNC
GHNNC CERT Class Coordinator
Southern California Preparedness Foundation President

Remember our Can of the Month project to collect food for donation to MEND (, a local and regional food bank (and so much more). On your way out the door for the meeting, and if you are able, please grab one can (or box or package–no glass, please) of food (human or pet) and bring to the Tuesday meeting.

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Neighborhood Council Emergency Preparedness Alliance (NCEPA) Meeting Saturday, May 25
Each neighborhood council should be sending one or two representatives to these meetings, generally held on the fourth Saturday of the month. If you are on a neighborhood council board or committee, and/or attend their meetings as a stakeholder, ask if your neighborhood council has a rep, and if not, ask why not.

We’ll work on finalizing the EP Plan outline for NCs to use when developing their individualized plan.

For more information, contact Len Shaffer, NCEPA Chair, at

Mid-Valley Regional Library
16244 Nordhoff St.
North Hills, CA 91343

Date & Time:
Saturday, May 25

10:00 am to 12:00 pm


One-Day Ham Radio Class and Exam in Agoura–Sunday, July 21
Want to get your ham radio license but missed the April class? Fear not! Norm (K6YXH) and Naomi (WB6OHW) Goodkin’s next one-day Study & Exam Session for the Technician (entry-level) class will be on Sunday, July 21, 2019. If you’d like to attend, get in touch with Norm soon, as those who prepare ahead of class do better in class. Learning Morse code is no longer required for any ham license, and you can miss up to 9 questions on the 35-question multiple choice Technician exam and still pass. Exams for General and Amateur Extra are also offered in the afternoon (concurrent with the Tech. exam) for just the cost of the exam session ($5).

These one-day courses are conducted quarterly and are designed to get you your amateur radio Technician license as quickly as possible. Those passing the FCC exam typically are licensed within one week (your license info will appear in the FCC database–paper licenses are no long routinely issued; however, you may request a copy from the FCC).

The $75 Study & Exam fee includes instruction (no book to buy), lunch, the exam fee, and two follow-up sessions on the next two Sunday mornings. The first covers “What radio do I need?” and the second covers “How do I use and program my radio?” Exams for Tech (and all other levels) are also offered in the early morning of the two Sundays immediately following each quarterly Study & Exam session. If you are looking to upgrade your ham license, General and Extra Class exams are also offered at the same time (pay only the $5 exam fee). Many ham radio clubs and organizations offer the license exam throughout the Valley and the Greater Los Angeles area as well.

For an additional $35, students may purchase a dual-band hand held transceiver (HT) radio so you can get on the air as soon as your license appears in the FCC database. Having your own radio to use during the two follow-up sessions is especially valuable.

For details and more information, contact Norm at, via phone at 818-222-7893, or online at

Location for class and exam:
Agoura Hills/Calabasas Community Center
27040 Malibu Hills Rd.
Agoura, CA 91301

Sunday, July 21, 2019
9:00 am to 4:00 pm

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