Granada Hills North Neighborhood Council’s (GHNNC) Emergency Preparedness Open Meeting

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

GHNNC EP meeting Tuesday, February 19, 2019, 7:00 pm–Surviving Southern California Winter Driving
Get information, tips, and secrets to surviving our So Cal winters. We may not have snow (usually), but we do have our share of issues on the road.

Glenn Dollar, CERT volunteer Battalion 15 co-coordinator, will be our Featured Speaker for this presentation and discussion. Audience participation encouraged.

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.


  • The Southern California Preparedness Foundation ( has a calendar on which we post EP-related events. If you know of an event that is open to the public with a strong focus on disaster and/or emergency preparedness, please click on the Suggest An Event link in the calendar section of the website as soon as you can. (FYI, CERT classes and events may be found on the CERT website, Please note that the calendar month week starts on Monday. We hope that the calendar will become an information resource of EP-related events (and, just maybe, help reduce the number of EP events being held on the same day in the same vicinity at the same time).
  • Our SoCalPrep bookstore is open. Click on the Bookstore tab from the home page and find many books related to disaster and emergency preparation, planning, response, medical, and survival. If your favorite EP books are not listed, let me know the title and author (including the ISBN number would be fantastic!), and it will be considered for inclusion.
  • Neighborhood Council Emergency Preparedness Alliance (NCEPA) Meeting Saturday, February 23
    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 or board member, ask if your neighborhood council has a rep, and if not, ask why not.

    Len says, “We have a working group that is developing an outline (wire frame as it’s sometimes referred to) for the EP Plan part of the Resiliency/EP Plan for NCs. If you’re interested in being part of the working group, please let me know. We’ll also investigate teaming up with non-profits to organize and outreach to our communities. There may also be a discussion about using peer-to-peer cellphone networking during emergencies and disasters when the regular wireless infrastructure fails.”

    For more information, contact Len Shaffer, Chair, at We’ll be in the small conference room (same as last time we met there) located in the far back northeastern portion of the library.
    Mid-Valley Regional Library
    16244 Nordhoff St.
    North Hills, CA 91343

    Date & Time:
    Saturday, February 23

    10:00 am to 12:00 pm
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    Emergency Medical Response (EMR) Class–starts Monday, March 11
    Pre-registration is required as the class is limited in size and will fill up quickly. Presented by the Soteria Training Team of Erin Huey and Sandra Hardy and following the guidelines of the National Safety Council (NSC).

    During a disaster, when professional fire and medical services are not available, you can be one of the first responders helping in your neighborhood. This National Safety Council (NSA) EMR class will teach you how to perform life-saving skills. It is a great class to get you started learning advanced medical training in First-Aid/CPR/AED, trauma care, and the EMS system in general.

    For students who enroll in the EMR class, there is a complimentary (and strongly recommended) FREE American Heart Association (AHA) BLS CPR/AED course that will occur on March 6 (same location), from 6:00pm to 10:00pm.

    Discount of 10% for Scouts and CERT members. Base course fee (includes all supplies, use of training equipment, and expendables, excluding textbook) is just $200 (before discount).

    An orientation and Q&A session will be held on Monday, March 4, at class location from 6:00pm to 8:00pm.

    This course qualifies for the medical portion of LAFD CERT 3 (and CERT 2) designations. For more information, please contact Sandra Hardy(
    Emergency Concepts
    21740 Devonshire St.
    Chatsworth, CA 91311

    Mondays and Wednesdays, March 11 through April 24, 2019
    6:00 pm to 10:00 pm

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    One-Day Ham Radio Class and Exam in Agoura–Sunday, April 28
    Get ready for this communications class. Norm (K6YXH) and Naomi (WB6OHW) Goodkin’s next one-day Study & Exam Session for the Technician (entry-level) class will be on Sunday, April 28, 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 (HT) transceiver 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, April 28, 2019
    9:00 am to 4:00 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 at and click on Training Classes.

    Upcoming classes include:

    • Emergency Preparedness (Free)
    • Pet First Aid (Fee)
    • Surviving an Active Shooter (Free)
    • Two-way Radio 101 (Free)
    • Stop the Bleed and How to Use Triangulars (Fee)
    • Emergency Power Class (Free)
    • Wilderness and Remote First Aid (Fee)
    • Outdoor Survival Workshop, Academic & Field (Fee)

    Additional classes may be added, so check the training section of their website.

    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 at different locations. The exercise is designed to train CERT and other personnel in the techniques of search and rescue in mountainous areas of Los Angeles. They also train with LAFD-ACS which serves as communicators.

    Contact Tom Wirth at  ​​.

    They will hike the Bill Eckhart trail, starting from the Merry-Go-Round.
    (Always confirm with Tom first)
    Griffith Park Merry-Go-Round
    4730 Crystal Springs Dr,
    Los Angeles, CA 90027

    Date & Time:
    Saturday, March 2
    9:00 am

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    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

    To sign up for a CERT class, go to 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.

    Battalion 10

    Fire Size-up, Suppression, and Safety. Learn the 9 steps to fire size-up. Practice Fire suppression with hands-on training using the buddy system. Learn the different types of extinguishers and which fires they are designed for and their effective range. Fire safety: Learn about your PPE, how to test a door before opening/entering, how to help confine a fire in a structure, and where to stay for breathable air in a fire.

    Sign up via eventbrite.

    Van Nuys/Sherman Oaks Adult Recreation Center
    5056 Van Nuys Blvd.
    “The Auditorium”
    Sherman Oaks, CA 91403

    Date & Time:
    Sunday, Feb, 24
    12:30 pm to 2:30 pm

    LAFD CERT Valley Classes
    March 1 – Porter Ranch, Battalion 15
    March 14 – Granada Hills, Battalion 15 (sponsored by Granada Hills North Neighborhood Council and North Valley Coalition) 6:30pm to 9:00pm at Knollwood Country Club (just south of Fire Station 18 on Balboa). Sign up on We have a few spaces available. Firefighter Jensen is the instructor.

    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). Register for participation on Preference given to those who have attended the Batn. 12 preceding trainings. Limited capacity, so sign up early.

    To prepare, Battalion 12 will be extending (slightly) their 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

    Return to top.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: Amazon is also a great place to shop.

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    What? You Didn’t Know?
    The world’s six best doctors.
    You may have heard or seen this quote before. It bears remembering.
    Steve Jobs died a billionaire at age 56.  This is his final essay:

    I reached the pinnacle of success in the business world. In some others’ eyes, my life is the epitome of success.  However, aside from work, I have little joy. In the end, my wealth is only a fact of life that I am accustomed to. At this moment, lying on my bed and recalling my life, I realize that all the recognition and wealth that I took so much pride in have paled and become meaningless in the face of my death.

    You can employ someone to drive the car for you, make money for you but you cannot have someone bear your sickness for you. Material things lost can be found or replaced  But there is one thing that can never be found when it’s lost – Life. Whichever stage in life you are in right now, with time, you will face the day when the curtain comes down.

    Treasure love for your family, love for your spouse, love for your friends. Treat yourself well and cherish others. As we grow older, and hopefully wiser, we realize that a $300 or a $30 watch both tell the same time. You will realize that your true inner happiness does not come from the material things of this world. Whether you fly first class or economy, if the plane goes down – you go down with it.

    Therefore, I hope you realize, when you have mates, buddies and old friends, brothers and sisters, who you chat with, laugh with, talk with, have sing songs with, talk about north-south-east-west or heaven and earth, that is true happiness! Don’t educate your children to be rich. Educate them to be happy. So when they grow up they will know the value of things and not the price. Eat your food as your medicine, otherwise you have to eat medicine as your food.

    The One who loves you will never leave you for another because, even if there are 100 reasons to give up, he or she will find a reason to hold on.There is a big difference between a human being and being human. Only a few really understand it. You are loved when you are born. You will be loved when you die. In between, you have to manage!

    The six best doctors in the world are Sunlight, Rest, Exercise, Diet, Self-confidence and FRIENDS. Maintain them in all stages and enjoy a healthy life.

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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 first Sunday at 10:30 am onchannel 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.

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