(GHNNC) Emergency Preparedness Agenda

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Attached is the Granada Hills North Neighborhood Council’s (GHNNC) Emergency Preparedness agenda for the Tuesday, February 20, EP 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.

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). 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.

Special Notice. A member from the editorial staff of Report, a news magazine TV programme aired in prime time by Rai 3 (English translation here), the Italian national public broadcaster, with a focus on political, economic and international affairs, has plans to visit our meeting. They are working on a 50minute segment to be aired in Italy concerning earthquake preparedness and post-seismic resilience. What an honor!

In this Announcement:

GHNNC EP meeting Tuesday, February 20, 2018, 7:00 pm–Los Angeles Emergency Management Dept. (EMD)
Neighborhood Council Emergency Preparedness Alliance Meeting Saturday, February 24
CERT Quarterly Refresher in West Bureau–Saturday March 3

Volunteers Needed for FAA Drill at Burbank Airport–Wednesday, March 14

One-Day Ham Radio Class and Exam in Agoura–Sunday, April 22
More Locations to Get Your Ham “Ticket”
Training Classes at SOS Survival Products
Upcoming Neighborhood Preparedness Events
CERT Community Meetings
What? You Didn’t Know?
Radio Nets Emphasizing Emergency/Disaster Preparedness
Past agendas and meeting notes

GHNNC EP meeting Tuesday, February 20, 2018, 7:00 pm–Los Angeles Emergency Management Dept. (EMD)
How does our EMD integrate the various emergency departments (fire, police, etc.) objectives and procedures during major public events or wide-spread disaster to mitigate damage and maintain public security and safety? What capabilities and resources does the general public (you and I) contribute to our collective survival and recovery?

Crisanta Gonzalez, an Emergency Management Coordinator with EMD, will present an overview of EMD and its role in a disaster response, as well as basic tips on  personal, family, work, and neighborhood disaster preparedness. The presentation will underscore the importance of neighborhood preparedness and how neighbors can increase their resiliency to stabilize and recover following a disaster.

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CERT Quarterly Refresher in West Bureau–Saturday, March 3
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. Hosted by West Bureau CERT and LAFD.

Open to all CERT graduates 18 and over.

PERSONAL SAFETY EQUIPMENT (PPE) is mandatory, no exceptions: Helmet, goggles, dust mask, gloves, appropriate clothing (long pants and closed-toe shoes). Bring your lunch and drinks. Please be prompt! Sign up via eventbrite. A few openings remain, but hurry before the wait list starts forming. For questions, contact West Bureau CERT Coordinator Carl Ginsberg at lafdcertwest@gmail.com.

Fire Station 82 annex
1800 N. Bronson Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90028

Date & Time:
Saturday, March 3, 2018
7:30 am to 1:00 pm

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Volunteers Needed for FAA Drill at Burbank Airport–Wednesday, March 14
This is Hollywood-Burbank Airport’s Emergency Plan Triennial Full Scale Exercise. This is an FAA-required Exercise that simulates an aircraft disaster. There are many opportunities for volunteers to serve as victims and in other roles. Volunteers should arrive for check-in at 6:00 am that morning for moulage, safety briefing, and instructions. The Exercise will begin at about 9:00 am. A light breakfast and lunch will be provided. It should wrap up after the debrief around 2:00 pm. Volunteers will need to sign a waiver when checking in.

They are looking for around 100 volunteers to participate in the Exercise. An eventbrite page with specific details and to register will be up next week, so if you’re interested, be sure to check it out.

For more information, contact Tom Janowitz, Sr. Operations Manager, at TJANOWITZ@bur.org or 818-729-2242. Prelim flyer attached.

Location (general):
Bob Hope/Hollywood-Burbank Airport
2627 N. Hollywood Way
Burbank, CA 91505

Date & Time:
Wednesday, March 14 2018
6:00 am to about 2:00 pm

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One-Day Ham Radio Class and Exam in Agoura–Sunday, April 22

Norm (K6YXH) and Naomi (WB6OHW) Goodkin’s next one-day Study & Exam Session for the Technician (entry-level) class will be on Sunday, April 22, 2018. 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 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, April 22, 2018
9:00 am to 4:00 pm

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More Locations to Get Your Ham “Ticket”
Here are some Valley locations where you can take the Amateur Radio license examination.These are “test only” locations so you need to come prepared to take the exam. Attending ham radio club meetings is a great way to learn more about ham radio in general and emergency communications specifically. For other testing locations, dates, and times, visit the Radio License Exam Session page at arrl.org.From arrl.org, you can also search for licensing classes.

Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) Northwest holds their regular monthly meetings the first Saturday of the month at 8:00 am with the exam-only session at 11:00 am. Exam fee is $15.00 (please, cash only!). Contact Jim Laage, cllaage@verizon.net, for what you need to bring to the exam session and for further information.

Valley Presbyterian Hospital
Education Center
15107 Vanowen St.
Van Nuys, CA 91405

San Fernando Valley Amateur Radio Club, W6SD, holds their monthly meetings the third Friday of each month at 7:30 pm. Please do not park at the police station. Instead, park behind or beside the library, which is next door to the station.

LAPD West Valley Station
Community Room
19020 Vanowen St.
Reseda, CA 91335

Exam sessions are held (new location!) on the first Saturday of even numbered months (February, April, June, August, October, December) in the Van Nuys FlyAway second floor community conference room. Contact Jim Sullivan, jim@wb6tnf.com, for what you need to bring to the exam session and for further information.

Van Nuys Flyaway Bus Terminal
7610 Woodley Ave.
Van Nuys, CA 91406

Registrations begins at 8:00 am and doors close at 9:00 am. Exam fee is $5.00 (exact change, please). This is the same location where Lake Balboa Neighborhood Council holds their Emergency Preparedness meeting on the second Saturday of each month, starting at 9:00 am.

Valley Disaster Preparedness Fair holds FCC amateur radio licensing exams (all levels, testing only) conducted by ARES Northwest Section. Please note that the Fair has a new day (last Saturday of September) to align with the National Preparedness month of September and new hours (9:00 am to 1:30 pm).

Testing begins at 11:00 am at this Valley-wide Preparedness Fair under the Amateur Radio Exams tent located next to the Volunteer Entrance (south side of the Fair). Exam fee is $15.00 (exact change, please). Contact Jim Laage, cllaage@verizon.net, for what you need to bring to the exam session and for further information.

Northridge Fashion Center’s Pacific Theaters parking lot
9400 Shirley Ave.
Northridge, CA 91324

Saturday, September 29, 2018
9:00 am to 1:30 pm for the Fair
11:00 am for the FCC exam session

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Neighborhood Council Emergency Preparedness Alliance Meeting Saturday, February 24
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 your neighborhood council has 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, February 24
10:00 am to 12:00 pm

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Training Classes at SOS Survival Products
Check out all the great free and fee classes offered in the C. Denise Edwards Training Center at SOS Survival Products, Inc. Many are free to attend.
Details here.

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

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Upcoming Neighborhood Preparedness Events
Let me know when you hear of a community event centered around disaster and/or emergency preparedness open to the public, and I’ll include in these announcements. Please provide the information as soon as you can.

Lost Hiker Training Exercise. Generally conducted the second Saturday of the month in Griffith Park, the exercise is designed to train CERT and other personnel in the techniques of search and rescue in mountainous areas of Los Angeles.

Contact Tom Wirth at paratom@dslextreme.com.

The next Hiking Assessment exercise will be:

Griffith Park Carousel
4730 Crystal Springs Dr.
Los Angeles, CA 90027

Date & Time:
Saturday, March 10
9:00 am

Whole Community Disaster Preparedness Expo. Free event. Hands-on trainings with presentations. Earn free emergency preparedness supplies. Register via eventbrite. For more information, use the “contact” link at the bottom of the eventbrite page. Flyer attached.

North Hills United Methodist Church
15435 Rayen St.
North Hills, CA 91343

Date & Time:
Saturday, April 14, 2018
10:00 am to 3:00 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?

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Resources for getting prepared, including personal, car, pet, work, home, and kid’s go bag suggested contents and where these supplies can be purchased, are on the Southern California Preparedness Foundation website here. Amazon is also a great place to shop.

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Past agendas and meeting notes
To view past agendas of the GHNNC EP meetings, visit the GHNNC website, www.ghnnc.org, click on About, then Committees, and scroll down to Emergency Preparedness.

Or, use this direct link: http://ghnnc.org/committees/public-safety/emergency-preparedness-sub-committee/, or scan the QR code below with your smartphone.

Mark your calendar now for the Tuesday, March 20, 2018 GHNNC EP meeting at 7:00 pm in Granada Hills. Scheduled topic is TBD.

If you have a specific topic you’d like us to consider, or a particular speaker, send me the info. Thank you.

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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 nest listed below.

FRS/GMRS (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 FRS/GMRS net meets the second Sunday of the month, 9:45 am, on channel 5.
Neighborhood Council Valley Village
FRS/GMRS net meets the last Sunday of the month, 10:00 am, on channel 5.
Los Feliz Neighborhood Council FRS/GMRS net meets the first Monday of the month, 7:00 pm, on channel 15.
CERT South Bureau (Westside Village) FRS/GMRS 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.

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 145.570mHz simplex
Hillside Communities Emergency Communications (HCEC) net meets every Saturday morning, 8:30 am, on 144.505mHz, +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.

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Bill Hopkins
Emergency Preparedness Chair, GHNNC
Public Safety Vice Chair, GHNNC
www.GHNNC.orgPresident, Southern California Preparedness Foundation
A 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation

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