The Neighborhood Council Emergency Preparedness Alliance (NCEPA) meets the 4th Saturday of every month from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. The meeting locations are rotated throughout the City of Los Angeles. The NCEPA representatives hear from city department managers, and their representatives, regarding the city’s plans for coping with a variety of local and major emergencies. Members of various volunteer emergency groups have presented their roles in emergency preparedness. The one thing they all have stressed is the need for individual neighborhoods to prepare to be self-reliant for at least 7 days after a major disaster. The purpose of the NCEPA is to gather information and educate neighborhood councils about their responsibility to organize the communities they represent. Various tools are available to guide neighborhood council members and stakeholders about how to organize and prepare their neighborhoods. For more information, and to sign-up to receive agendas before meetings, please email: NCEPA@EmpowerLA.org.
At the November meeting we had a good discussion regarding the problem of the insufficient emergency preparedness funding. EMD GM Carol Parks joined us and discussed what EMD had been doing and what it hoped to do if its’ budget requests were adopted. We talked about Controller Galperon’s report that pointed out the areas where EMD needed improvement. The report did relate that EMD, along with other departments, was suffering from a loss of staff. Some of its recommendations would necessarily support the filling of previously budgeted positions and an increase in new employees. Here is the link to the Controller’s report 22-1258_rpt_Crtll_10-20-22.pdf (lacity.org). I am attaching three documents, they include EMD’s Executive Summary, an excerpt from the Controller’s Report and Liz Amsdens’ bullet points from a meeting she and others had with EMD regarding their budget needs. Controller Ron Galperon’s Emergency Management Dept report (22-1258_rpt_Crtll_10-20-22.pdf (lacity.org) is currently before the city council’s Public Safety Committee. The NCEPA is recommending NCs submit a CIS regarding CF 22-1258. The recommended language is as follows:
“The city’s Resiliency Plan tasks Neighborhood Councils with producing emergency preparedness plans for their communities. So far, the city has offered little or no help, financial or otherwise, for these projects. The Neighborhood Council Emergency Preparedness Alliance believes that help with these projects could be forthcoming if the city’s Emergency Management Dept. were properly funded and staffed.
The xxx neighborhood council views with concern the historic underfunding of the Emergency Management Dept and calls on the city of Los Angeles to fund EMD adequately. The Peer City Emergency Preparedness Programs Budget Comparison (FY2021-22) on page 7 of the Controller’s Report shows the funding disparity between Los Angeles and other comparable jurisdictions.”.
Thanks to all how put this on their NC agendas and file the CIS. Please feel free to expand on this language,
Because it will be Christmas eve day, we also decided it would be appropriate to cancel the December 24th meeting.
I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday and a good New Year. We’ll see you next January
Commissioner Leonard Shaffer
Board of Neighborhood Commissioners