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Emergency Preparedness meeting at 7:00 pm at the Granada Hills North Neighborhood Council office, 11139 Woodley Ave., Granada Hills, 91344 (map). Everyone is invited to attend. Plenty of free parking.

This month’s featured topic for Tuesday, April 18, 2017, 7:00 pm: Preparation to Evacuate Your Home
Are you prepared to evacuate your home or workplace QUICKLY in an emergency? Do you have a plan? Is your 72-hour grab-and-go kit ready? Do you have multiple ways to contact your kids in school and/or significant other? If you answered “No!” to any of those questions, are unsure what to pack in your bug-out (a what?) bag, or would like a refresher on this topic, this is the meeting for you.

Jeff Edelstein, emergency preparedness instructor (SOS Survival Products, Inc.), board member of Business & Industry Council for Emergency Planning & Preparedness (BICEPP), and Treasurer of the Association of Continuity Professionals–Los Angeles (ACP), will be our guest speaker. out.

If you would like to share you own bug-out bag (or 72-hour kit), please bring to the meeting. It may inspire others to follow your lead. For tips on what to include, click here.

Neighborhood Council Emergency Preparedness Alliance Meeting Saturday, April 29

Normally held on the forth Saturday of the month, and since April has 5 Saturdays, the April meeting will be on the fifth Saturday this month only. Be sure to update your calendar. Topic is TBD.

For more information, contact Len Shaffer, Chair, at Leonard.Shaffer@lacity.org.

Los Angeles EOC
500 E. Temple St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Date & Time:
Saturday, April 29
10:00 am to 12:00 pm

QuakeSmart Workshop
A free workshop for businesses and organizations. Event runs 9:00 am to 2:30 pm. Flyer attached.

  • Identify Your Risk
  • Develop a Plan
  • Take Action
  • Get QuakeSmart!

Location #1:
Long Beach City College
4901 E. Carson St.
Long Beach, CA 90808

Date & Time:
Tuesday, May 16
9:00 am to 2:30 pm

Location #2:
Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels
555 West Temple St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Date & Time:
Thursday, May 18
9:00 am to 2:30 pm

Register at www.quakesmartcommunity.org for either workshop.

City of Los Angeles Local Hazard Mitigation Plan Survey
While not strictly an event, this survey from Los Angeles EMD asks some good questions. Take the survey here.
The City of Los Angeles 2011 Local Hazard Mitigation Plan (LHMP) is being updated.The LHMP helps to lessen the City’s vulnerability to disasters, and demonstrates the City’s commitment to reducing risks from all hazards.Once the LHMP is reviewed and approved by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the City is eligible to apply for pre-disaster and post-disaster assistance to reduce the exposure of its residents to risks associated with the hazards that may occur.

The City would like to engage residents in the revision of the LHMP. The City wants to know what concerns residents most about future disasters, whether they are natural hazards (e.g., earthquakes, floods, and fires), technological hazards (e.g., hazardous materials incidents, power outages, or infrastructure failure), or human-caused hazards (e.g., terrorism, transportation accidents, man-made system failure). The City is concerned about the safety of its residents and businesses, especially during a disaster. This questionnaire is designed to help the City gauge the level of knowledge local residents have about the types of hazards that are prevalent in Los Angeles. The information you provide will help us develop strategies and actions to reduce the risk of injuries and property damage caused by disasters.

The survey consists of 21 questions and provides an opportunity for you to write your comments at the end. When you have finished the survey, please select [Done] on the final page.

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Lake Balboa CERT Class Drill Thursday, April 20, 2017
Lake Balboa Neighborhood Council’s CERT class, taught by LAFD Firefighter Susan Jensen, graduated last Thursday (April 13). This Thursday (April 20) they will be holding a drill for their graduates of the class. Part of that drill includes a radio communication demonstration prior to the drill. If you are a licensed amateur radio operator with 2-meter capability, and/or have an FRS or GMRS hand-held (or base) radio, you are encouraged to check into the simulated disaster net between 6:10 pm and 6:30 pm. Hams may check in using our regular Sunday morning net frequency of 145.570 MHz. FRS/GMRS check-ins will be on channel 5 (our usual second Sunday of the month check-in channel) OR channel 3 if 5 is busy.

This is a great way to test your FRS/GMRS radios to see how far you can talk and how they can be effectively used during a disaster or large-scale emergency. On 2-meters, net control will be Dan, NR6V, or Ted, W6DTS. Either or both will also be on FRS/GMRS. Dan’s GMRS call sign is WQMP874, and Ted’s is WQPH712. As always, listen first before keying the mic, and wait for the request to check in.

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One-Day Ham Radio Class and Exam in Agoura–Sunday, April 23
Norm (K6YXH) and Naomi (WB6OHW) Goodkin’s next one-day Study & Exam Session for the Technician (entry-level) class will be on Sunday, April 23. If you’d like to attend, get in touch with Norm right away, 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.

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 follow-up sessions are held at the Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station. 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. Once you have your ticket (license) you can get on the air with a radio that costs as little as $40.

For details and more information, contact Norm at hamclass@goodkin.net, via phone at 818-222-7893, or online at hamclass.goodkin.net.

Agoura Hills/Calabasas Community Center
27040 Malibu Hills Rd.
Agoura, CA 91301

Sunday, April 23, 2017
9:00 am to 4:00 pm

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CERT Community Meetings
CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) Community meetings are 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.

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What? You Didn’t Know?
Los Angeles Animal Services hosts free wildlife educational workshops from April through December at City animal shelters. Remember, after the Big One, the wilderness is just outside your front door (or maybe even inside your home!).

For more information and to find your nearest animal shelter, visit their website at http://www.laanimalservices.com/about-animals/wildlife/. There is also information on that page concerning coyotes and other wild animals.

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