Category: Emergency Preparedness

Sign Up Today for the Valley Disaster Preparedness Fair 2019

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A Fun and Free Family Event that Just Might Save Your Life, Your Pet’s Life, or the Life of a Loved One

Saturday, October 12, 2019

9:00 am to 1:30 pm

Northridge Fashion Center—Pacific Theaters Parking Lot
(9400 Shirley Ave., south of Plummer St.)

Click here to register: https://www.valleydisasterfair.com/registration/index.php

  • Exhibits
  • Demonstrations
  • Displays
  • Speakers
  • Special Events
  • Bloodmobile
  • Pet Preparedness
  • Free Parking
  • Free Admission
  • Free Lunch*

It’s All Free!

Complimentary Family Emergency Preparedness (EP) Starter Kit* for registered families attending the Fair. One kit per registered family. (While supplies last.)

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Did you feel the earthquake this morning?

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Light shaking could be felt across the San Fernando Valley Wednesday morning.

The temblor was a magnitude 2.8, and its epicenter was roughly a mile from North Hills, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

Residents felt the shaking at about 9:46 a.m. According to the USGS, the quake was close to the surface, comparatively shallow at a depth of 6.8 miles. Light shaking was felt across the San Fernando Valley, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.

The small quake was the largest felt in the region over the last 10 days, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Granada Hills Emergency Plan Event

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GRANADA HILLS NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCILS

THIS MEETING COULD SAVE YOUR LIFE!

ARE YOU PREPARED FOR THE BIG ONE?

(EARTHQUAKES, FIRE, AND OTHER DISASTERS)

February 1, 2018 at 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Our Granada Hills Emergency Plan Event will be held at Granada Hills Charter High School located

10535 Zelzah St. in Rawley Hall.

This meeting will help you to save lives including your own, your families, and your neighbors.   The Granada Hills Emergency Plan is dedicated to keep you and your loved ones as safe as possible.  During the meeting, you can hear local guest speakers and government officials present helpful information about the following:

  • Instruction Slideshow on Earthquakes
  • Emergency Contacts
  • Local Shelter Locations
  • Local School Pick Up Instructions
  • Utility Controls/Fire Instructions
  • Food and Tool Supply Check List
  • Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)
  • First Aid
  • Disaster Psychology
  • Map Your Neighborhood

Your Neighborhood Council Emergency Preparedness Alliance (NCEPA) tells us that during a major catastrophe we will all be on our own for 3 to 14 days or more; our emergency responders (LAPD and LAFD) do not have the resources to take care of all of us.  It is up to us to take care of ourselves and each other!

For more information please call Mike Benedetto (818) 723-8087 or visit www.GHSNC.org

Mailing Address: 11024 Balboa Blvd., Box 767; Granada Hills, CA 91344

24 Years Later, the Lesson Remains the Same

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It was this week 24 years ago that residents of Los Angeles awoke to one of the most severe earthquakes to ever strike our region. The Northridge Earthquake resulted in 57 lives lost, over 8700 injuries, tens of billions of dollars in damage, and reminded us all of the precarious geography of our city.

It was in the wake of this destruction and terrible loss that Los Angeles came together like never before. We rebuilt, strengthened our building codes, instituted mandatory retrofits, and developed partnerships with the scientific community to keep residents safe in the event of the next earthquake. However, no matter how much we do collectively to prepare, recent events have shown that there is no substitute for individual preparation when it comes to protecting your home and family during natural disasters.

It is incumbent upon each of us to prepare a disaster kit, listen to emergency notifications, and have a plan in the event of an evacuation. 24 years later, the lesson remains the same: disaster preparedness is an endeavor in which we all must take part.

Visit readyla.org to learn more about how you can prepare your home and family.

– From Councilmember Mitchell Englander’s weekly newsletter

Your 2016 Granada Hills North Neighborhood Newsletter is Now Available

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This year, we filled 8 pages to create the most informative newsletter we’ve ever created.

Some of the topics addressed include:

  • Robocalls
  • Emergency Preparedness
  • Neighborhood Council Elections
  • A New Project at the Sunshine Canyon Landfill
  • Illegal Sign Posting
  • Neighborhood Watch News
  • and Aliso Canyon Gas Spill Updates

Click here to download the 2016 Newsletter, or just read it below.

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Can You Recognize A Heat Emergency?

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Temperatures across California will be blazing hot in the days ahead. We have your heat wave safety checklist to keep your loved ones safe.

From http://patch.com/california/northridge/can-you-recognize-heat-emergency

On average, 675 deaths from extreme heat events occur each year in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control, including a dual tragedy involving French tourists in New Mexico last week.

The CDC says the best way to beat heat related emergencies is to prevent them. Experts recommend staying out of the heat as much as possible, staying hydrated, using sunscreen and wearing hats and light clothing when outside on hot days.

Jack Neiman-Kimel, a Battalion Chief for the Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department in the East Bay, warns, “The elderly and the young have a difficult time regulating body temperature. If they are outside in hot temperatures for even 15 – 20 minutes in over 100° temperatures they can become ill with heat exhaustion or heat stroke. Healthy young and middle aged people working outside in the heat can also fall to these illnesses.”

Neiman-Kimel offers these tips: Read more »

Valley Disaster Preparedness Fair Contest

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Be the first to spot a Valley Disaster Preparedness Fair bus bench ad in the City of Los Angeles! Whoever sends the first email received at [email protected] (based on the email timestamp) with a photo of the ad and the location (nearest intersection and city) of the bench in the photo will win a Mini Mystery Kit of EP Supplies. Will it be you? Keep your eyes open and you just might be the winner!

The 8th Annual Valley Disaster Preparedness Fair is on Saturday, October 3, 2015 at Fire Station 87, 10125 Balboa Blvd., from 10:00 an to 2:00 pm. Info or to register: ValleyDisasterFair.com. To date, over 25 Neighborhood Councils have agreed to host Outreach booths at the Fair. Thank you!

Southern California Preparedness Foundation Board and Advisory Board members and employees of Martin Outdoor Media and their immediate families are excluded from participation in this contest.

City Uses App to Alert People Trained in CPR of Nearby Emergencies They Can Help With

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LA partners with PulsePoint to empower residents to help save lives.

Mayor Eric Garcetti and the fire chief unveiled a smartphone app Wednesday that alerts people with CPR training if someone in a nearby public area is suffering from cardiac arrest and needs their help.

The PulsePoint app sends alerts to its users at the same time fire department dispatchers are notifying emergency crews; guides users through the CPR steps; and also shows the location of nearby defibrillators.

The alerts are only sent out for cardiac arrest victims who happen to be in a public area. Health privacy and safety concerns prevent alerts to be sent out on people suffering heart attacks at private residences.

The app also displays data about ongoing and recent emergency calls handled by the Los Angeles Fire Department, which gets about 1,200 calls daily, about 85 percent of them for medical emergencies.

The mayor announced the app with Fire Chief Ralph Terrazas at Woodrow Wilson High School in El Sereno, where 120 students have been trained in CPR.

“This app connects trained lifesavers who may already be on scene with people who need immediate help, when seconds count the most,” Garcetti said.

Terrazas said the department worked out a contract with the appmaker, PulsePoint, that “allows the LAFD to help save lives with our smartphones, which is technology that most of us already have in hand.”

“I am excited that Angelenos have another crucial tool at their fingertips that can help them further engage with their communities and fire department,” he said.

Anyone trained in CPR, whether they are off-duty public safety responders or an average citizen, can download and use the app, which is available for iPhones and Android devices.

The app is also in use in areas covered by the Los Angeles County Fire Department, which integrated the app last summer.

The creator of PulsePoint, Richard Price, is a former Bay Area fire chief who was on break eating at a restaurant when a person in the next building had a heart attack. Price was not monitoring the dispatch system and did not learn about it until the fire trucks pulled up.

Hundreds Attend the “Resilience By Design” Community Meeting

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Mayor Eric Garcetti, Councilman Mitchell Englander, and US Geological Survey seismologist Dr. Lucy Jones hosted a community meeting to provide residents the opportunity to learn more about “Resilience by Design,” Mayor Garcetti’s plan to improve our City’s infrastructure and ensure public safety and preparedness in the event of an earthquake or other disaster.

Over 350 community stakeholders showed up at the Greig Smith LAPD Devonshire PALS Youth Center to learn how the City is preparing and how to prepare their families for the next major disaster. Dr. Jones provided attendees with an overview of the Mayor’s Resilience by Design report, which outlined the City’s greatest vulnerabilities from earthquakes and provides specific recommendations for the City to undertake in order to respond effectively in the aftermath of an earthquake and better prepare for a major seismic event. Click here to read the full report.

7th Annual Valley Disaster Preparedness Fair Video and Photos

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7th Annual Valley Disaster Preparedness Fair last Saturday that drew nearly 1500 people, which Councilmember Mitch Englander, Chair of the City Council’s Public Safety Committee, said was the largest in Los Angeles. Many Valley Neighborhood Councils supported this great event.

Photo locations:
Photos by Firefighter Adam VanGerpen
Photos by Tom Johnson
Photos by Office of Councilmember Mitchell Englander

Granada Hills North Neighborhood Council Recognized for Participation in the Valley Disaster Preparedness Fair

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Best Of Ongoing Collaboration Award presented to Valley Disaster Preparedness Team at Valley Alliance of Neighborhood Council’s (VANC) annual mixer held at Carla’s Café, CBS Studios, Studio City, CA, on Thursday, April 10, 2014

About 8 years ago, a small group of Neighborhood Council members passionate about emergency preparedness formed the North Valley Disaster Preparedness Team for the sole purpose of managing and presenting a Valley Disaster Preparedness Fair.

Their success has been phenomenal. Now in its 7th year, the group previously dropped the “North” from its name because there had been so much interest in Read more »

Wake-Up Call: Be Prepared for Disaster with a Financial First Aid Kit

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Yesterday’s 4.4 temblor reminded us all that we live in an earthquake zone. And while a lot of us have emergency water and supplies on-hand, being prepared for a disaster means more than that – it means being financially ready.

Financially Ready?

In the event of a large earthquake or other natural disaster, you’ll need to have a plan to pay your bills, access your accounts, locate important documents, safeguard records and avoid problems with your credit when you’ll need it the most.

The Financial First Aid Kit

Here are a few tips for how you can start getting financially ready:

4 Steps1.     Identify your important documents and place them in a safe space: You can use the Safeguarding Your Valuables activity and Emergency Financial First Aid Kit to help get you started.

2.     Download phone applications that can help during emergencies: Use the FEMA phone application to access to disaster preparedness, response and recovery resources including disaster assistance.

3.     Enroll in Go Direct to minimize disruptions to receiving any federal benefits you may receive

4.     Plan ahead of time to recover: Our partners at USDA have created great resources to help get you started including Recovery After Disaster: The Family Financial Toolkit and the Disaster Recovery Log.

Here in the Controller’s office, we’re making sure we’ve got our Financial First Aid Kit ready so that in the event of a disaster, the City will be able to meet its fiscal obligations.

Sincerely,

Ron Signature

Which buildings will survive the Big One? LA Times found 1,000+ that may not

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L.A.’s hidden earthquake dangers

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Thousands of Southern Californians live and work in a type of building vulnerable to collapse in an earthquake. To assess the danger, a team of Times reporters combed through thousands of city and county records to identify these buildings — concrete structures built before 1976. We found more than 1,000.

Experts say we’re overdue for a major earthquake. So find out where the dangers lie, and why so little has been done about them.

Interactive map: Where the buildings are»

Infographic: How concrete buildings fail»

Photos: The perils of concrete»

FAQ: Concrete buildings, earthquake safety and you»

Response: L.A.’s mayor weighs in»

Full coverage: The Times’ ongoing look at earthquake safety»

Valley Disaster Preparedness Fair Video and Photos

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The 6th Annual Valley Disaster Preparedness Fair was held October 8th, 2013 at Fire Station 87 in Granada Hills.  It was another great turn out by our stakeholders and community members and an amazing showing from all participating Neighborhood Councils.

We’d like to give huge thanks and acknowledgement to Mark Hovater for the video and Adam VanGerpen for the photos of the event.

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