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Remember our Can of the Month project to collect food for donation to MEND (mendpoverty.org),         a local and regional food bank (and so much more). If you are able, please bring one can                           (or box or package–no glass, please) of food (human or pet) to our monthly meeting

This month’s featured topic for Tuesday, June 20, 2017, 7:00 pm:                          Update on Brush Clearance Regulations and Fire Safety 
Get the latest on the brush clearance rules and procedures.
Its fire season in Southern California (isn’t it almost always?).
For those residing in the local hills, especially within the High Severity Fire Hazard zone, you should have already complied with the brush clearance regulations, either via fire department or self-inspections. Capt. Joe Szabados of A platoon at our first-in Fire Station 18 will review the requirements and new rules for brush clearance (especially valuable for those residing in high fire severity zones), talk about defensible zones around property, answer your questions, and cover general fire protection options.
He’s got a great LAFD computer tool for brush inspection he’ll show us.
He’ll also review general fire safety considerations to help keep you and your family
safe and prepared. You have checked your smoke and CO alarms recently, right?

Neighborhood Council Emergency Preparedness Alliance Meeting                Saturday, July 22
We’ll be back to our regular forth Saturday schedule in July,
so this is an early notification. The Team will continue working on guidelines and recommendations on how to interest and involve neighborhood council stakeholders          in emergency and disaster preparedness.

June’s meeting was held on June 17. We heard from Denise Davis of Tetra Tech         about the LA Hazard Mitigation Plan, and from Bill Pope on the strategic planning process and ways to implement plans for neighborhood preparedness.

Each neighborhood council should be sending one or two representatives                             to these meetings. If you are on a neighborhood council and/or attend their meetings             as a stakeholder, ask if they have a rep, and if not, ask why not.

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, July 22
10:00 am to 12:00 pm



Training Classes at SOS Survival Products
Check out all the great free and fee classes offer in the C. Denise Edwards Training Center at SOS Survival Products, Inc. Many are free to attend, and cover such topics       as Active Shooter, Outdoor Survival, Radio 101, Pet and Human First Aid & CPR,          Food Storage, EMP (ElectroMagnetic Pulse), Intro to Map Your Neighborhood, and more.

See the class offerings here:


SOS Survival Products, Inc.
15705 Strathern St., Unit 11
Van Nuys, CA 91406



Disaster Response Drill
Encino Chamber of Commerce is conduction their annual disaster response drill on Saturday, July 8, from 8:00 am to noon at Encino Park. There will be moulaged victims, emergency responders, and of course, plenty of surprises! If you would like to join in and belong to one or more of the following participating organizations, contact your unit or team leader:

  • LAPD
  • CHP
  • ARES Northwest
  • California National Guard
  • Providence Tarzana Medical Center 
  • Encino Hospital Medical Center
  • Kaiser Permanente Hospital, Woodland Hills
  • West Valley Medical Center
  • Northridge Hospital Medical Center

Actors and victims are always welcome! Contact Sue DuBrin, Encino Chamber of Commerce, at 818-789-4711 or email to sdubrin@ethanchristopher.com, for further information.

Important note: Paso Robles Ave. will be closed to through traffic between Ventura Blvd. and Addison St. on Saturday July 8, from 6:00 am to noon.


City of Los Angeles Local Hazard Mitigation Plan Survey–Final Reminder
There is still time to take this 21-question survey here. The Plan will be submitted to CalOES on June 29, and any comments received by June 28 will be included.

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 CalOES, it then goes to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). After their review and approval, and if adopted by the Los Angeles City Council, the City is eligible to apply for pre-disaster and post-disaster cash 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 the City develop strategies and actions to reduce the risk of injuries and property damage caused by disasters.

Learn more about the Los Angeles Hazard Mitigation Plan here.

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.

EMR (Emergency Medical Responder) Classes Being Formed Now
EMR classes are being established now. This 70hr+ Red Cross training class will be taught by ARC instructor-trainer Erin Huey. Topics covered include advanced first aid, CPR for the professional rescuer, blood borne pathogens, oxygen administration, and more! Significant study will be required, and there will be lots of practicals. If you are interested in learning more about the class or registering, please contact Erin via soteriatrainingservices@gmail.com. Meets a requirement for CERT 3.

San Fernando Valley

Dates & Time
Starting Tuesday, July 11
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 6:30pm – 9:30pm
Saturdays OR Sundays (TBD), 8:30am to 4:00pm
Fee: $150*

Thousand Oaks
Conejo Valley Adult School
1025 Old Farm Rd.
Thousand Oaks, CA 91360

Dates & Time
Starting late September or early October
Fee: TBD*

Glassell Park Area
Verdugo Christian Church
4300 Verdugo Rd.
Los Angeles, CA 90065

Dates & Times
Starting July 14
Fridays 6:00pm – 10:00pm
Sundays 8:00am – 5:00pm
Fee: TBD*

*If you agree to work a Rose Parade first aid station,
the Red Cross will waive the certification fees of $50.


One-Day Ham Radio Class and Exam in Agoura–Sunday, July 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. 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).

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.

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

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

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.


What? You Didn’t Know?
“The City of Los Angeles has made a historic commitment to invest $1.4 billion over 30 years to fix sidewalks around the city and make them accessible to everyone. People with a mobility disability, or someone reporting on their behalf, who encounter physical barriers such as broken sidewalks, missing/broken curb ramps or other barriers in the public right of way can request sidewalk repairs through the Access Request Program. The City is also offering a limited-time rebate to any property owner willing to pay for their own sidewalk repair through our Rebate Program.”

Visit http://sidewalks.lacity.org/ to learn more.

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