Upcoming Events: March – April, 2016

Below please find upcoming events in our communities

MARCH

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March 23
Traffic Safety Summit
7pm to 9pm
Colfax Charter Elementary School
11724 Addison St.
Valley Village, CA 91607
Traffic Safety & Speed Reduction Summit to improve roadway & pedestrian safety in the East San Fernando Valley. Join Paul Kerkorian, LA Police Dept’s Valley Traffic Division, & the LA Dept. of Transportation to learn about traffic issues in your neighborhood.

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Upcoming Events – Jan-Feb, 2016

Below please find upcoming events in our communities

JANUARY

January 20
Homeless Court Citation Clinic on January 20, 2016
10am to 2pm
First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood
60547 Yucca St.
LA, CA 90028

Assisting adults who are homeless and/or at risk of being homeless throughout Los Angeles County who may also struggle with:

  • Mental Illness
  • Substance abuse
  • Co-occurring disorders, or
  • Veteran related issues

Click to download the flyer with additional information

FEBRUARY

Youth Job FairFebruary 11
Los Angeles Opportunity Fair
LA Convention Center South Hall
Register and schedule and interview at: www.100kOpportunities.org/LA
Ages 16 – 24
If you are between 16 & 24 years old, more than 20 national and local companies are looking for you at the LA Opportunity Fair
Download Flyer!

Ongoing!
Internships with the Office of Public Engagement – LA Mayor Eric Garcetti
For undergraduate or graduate students or recent grads of 2 or 4 yr University or Vocational School.
Download the PDF for full details and contact information

Ongoing!
MAYOR GARCETTI ANNOUNCES NEW FUND FOR ART AND CULTURE IN PUBLIC SPACES
Arts Activation Fund will award $200,000 in grants to support the creation and installation of art and cultural projects throughout Los Angeles.

LOS ANGELES—Mayor Eric Garcetti today announced the launch of a $200,000 grant program that will support the work of local artists and bring new vibrancy to public spaces across L.A.

The Arts Activation Fund, a partnership between Mayor Garcetti’s Great Streets Initiative and the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA), will provide funding to artists with inspiring ideas for public art projects and cultural events in their neighborhoods.

“Art has the power to transform our perception, attitude and behavior — and is especially impactful when it lives in places that are accessible to everyone,” said Mayor Garcetti. “The Arts Activation Fund will support the creative genius that thrives in our city, and give Angelenos an opportunity to reimagine public spaces in their neighborhoods as vibrant, exciting, and creative places.”
DOWNLOAD PRESS RELEASE FOR DETAILS

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LAPD Community Police Academy starts Sept. 10th

Starting September 10th, LAPD is offering its 8-week series of Thursday-night Community Police Academy classes as part of its Community Police Advisory Board (CPAB) program.
Classes are held Thursday nights, 6PM to 9PM, September 10th through graduation ceremony on October 29th.
Each class is led by a highly experienced (and communicative!) officer or detective from gang, narcotics, vice, communications, cybercrime, even traffic departments.

  • Each talks about their beat, equipment, in-the-trenches conditions, and the laws that govern their actions
  • They show you videos, diagrams and slides from real-life situations-and are eager to answer questions
  • In your final class, you get to practice in the same “shoot/don’t shoot” firing simulator that LAPD trains in!
  • It’s very relaxed! Ask questions. Pose challenges. No exams or tests. If you must miss a class or two, that’s not a problem.

When finished, you receive a certificate and the opportunity to participate in a committee of your choice to help LAPD reduce and prevent crime.
In return, LAPD asks that you educate friends, family and others with your new knowledge!

Classes held in the Bomb Squad room at:
LAPD Davis Training Facility
12001 Blucher Ave
Granada Hills, CA 91344
Google Map Link: http://tinyurl.com/nup83ow

To sign-up, email Officer Wall at: 30204@lapd.lacity.org and include the following information:
Your Name (Name(s) if coming with spouse/partner)
Telephone Number
Address
Email

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Upcoming Events – June 2015

Here are some events coming up for June 2015

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SOS Survival Products Annual Sidewalk Sale
June 5th & 6th
9am – 4pm
15705 Strathern St. #11
Van Nuys, CA 91406
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Don’t forget, if you are a member of CERT, you get a 10% discount!

Also, check out their various training classes such as Emergency Preparedness, CPR, First Aid and Outdoor Survival Workshop! Click Here to View

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CAL Fire’s – Are You Ready

We know that the fire season is now pretty much 12 months long. If you live in the foothills you need to be aware that a fire storm can approach so quickly that sometimes you can barely escape with the clothes on your back. Here is some great information from CAL FIRE to help you prepare.
Wildfire is Coming. Is Your Home Protected?

These folks are serious. The more we do to make defensible space around our own property, it will in turn make it easier for them to not only do their jobs, but PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY.

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Annual SOS Parking Lot Sale

Hi all,
Just a quick post to let you know that SOS Survival Products’ Annual Parking Lot Sale is coming up June 6 & 7. See below for the downloadable brochure with a discount coupon. If you saw the previous post on the Van Nuys Disaster Summit, I’m hoping that got you thinking that you do need to be prepared. Go to this great event and stock up.

SOS Products Annual Sale Flyer

SOS Productssos-location-map
15705 Strathern St. #11
Van Nuys, CA 91406
800-479-7998

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Summary of the Disaster Preparedness Summit in Van Nuys

I did attend the Disaster Preparedness Summit hosted by the Van Nuys Neighborhood Council held April 30th. They did an outstanding job in coordinating the speakers. My only gripe, it should have been longer, but not their fault!

Congratulations to all involved. These events take much planning to get everyone’s schedules coordinated. The handouts (see below for downloadable versions!) were wonderful which included a very nicely designed bag containing a great combo-compass/whistle/flashlight, a lovely gift. A whistle you ask? Did you see the film Titanic where Kate Winslet was so exhausted from the cold she couldn’t speak, but had a whistle she blew that saved her life. If you are caught under a pile of debris your yelling/screaming (if you are able) may not be heard. A whistle is far more piercing and could very well be what alerts first responders to your position. Yup, I carry one in my purse, as well as a flashlight…always.

The speakers were all first-rate. First up was Captain Stacy Gerlich. I’ve known her for several years as she was the commander of Los Angeles CERT. She is now with FEMA’s Homeland Security division. If there is one person on this planet who knows emergency protocols, that would be Captain Gerlich. She gave a great talk about emergency planning. We are responsible for our own safety. When I took the CERT course they said, in the event of the BIG ONE, the paramedics, fire department, police department are not coming. Captain Gerlich reinforced that and said it could be very well up to 72 hours before we saw any of these first responders in our neighborhood. We have to be self-sufficient. She has a tent for her backyard as she is well aware, it just might not be possible to even get to a shelter. Overpasses, underpasses could all very well have collapsed and make the roads undrivable.

We also heard from the interim commander of CERT, Captain Christopher Cooper. Go to CERT-LA.com to learn more about this valuable program. Classes are ongoing (check on their website for when one will begin in your area.) The website also contains wonderful Preparedness Information, also Preparedness Information in Multiple Languages.

LAPD Commander of Operations Valley Bureau, Regina Scott spoke about how the LAPD would communicate in a catastrophic event. She is a great example of a caring LAPD. I felt her concern from every aspect of her hysterical but incredibly informative talk. Just FYI, there are two communications centers, one downtown and one in the valley. If one goes down, the other can take over in short order. She, like the others, emphasized that there is a great probability that you will NOT be able to drive to get out of the city due to the damage of the roads. You have to be prepared.

Cheryl Cashman, the Red Cross Representative had a great talk, and had very succinct points to make on what every citizen of our city should be doing to get ready for that BIG ONE. (I’m summarizing all points below from all talks). Cheryl brought up things I had not really thought of, such as keeping a crowbar in the bedroom in case during a quake your door shuts and the walls shift so you cannot open it. She also mentioned the great Red Cross Earthquake App. Cheryl introduced Kristen Sales who attended an event not unlike this one, who picked up on the “Map Your Neighborhood” system. She explained what the program is: Can you imagine your entire neighborhood being coordinated into sectors, all households knowing what to do in a disaster, and that certain people had certain tasks! Kristen and others in her neighborhood have done just that. Here is more information: Map Your Neighborhood. Here is information on an upcoming seminar in June – Map Your Neighborhood.

The last speaker was Charles Poepke, Field Operations Supervisor for the Gas Company. Did you know that after an earthquake you shouldn’t turn off your gas UNLESS you actually smell gas! If you turn it off, the gas company has to come out to your house to turn it back on. During the Northridge earthquake he said it took weeks to get everyone’s gas turned back on. You can’t do it yourself as you need to re-light your appliance(s). If you are not thoroughly familiar with that protocol, don’t even think of doing it yourself. The most interesting story of the night was the one he told of how the fire started in Northridge. It seems that the quake ruptured the gas line and the water main, combining the two, so now there was “flooding gas”. That did not start the fire, it was when a guy in a pick-up decided to try to drive in the flooded street. His engine stalled, and the fire started from a spark when he tried to restart his car. If there is standing water in the street and you can’t see the road, you shouldn’t be driving thru it.

So, here is a wrap up of some of the great points made by these wonderful speakers. Many thanks to them for spending their off-hours with us and kudos and thanks to the Van Nuys Neighborhood Council!:

  • MAKE A PLAN: DO NOT WAIT – DO IT NOW! Do you have out of town contacts that everyone knows you are going to call if there is a disaster. Do they know who they are? Do all members of the family have a meeting place? What if you are evacuated and all communication lines go down? What are your contingencies? Time to play the “what if” game. Do you know what your child’s school’s emergency plans are? If they are evacuated, where are they going? Time to find out.
  • GO BAGS: you need one for home, one for the office and one for the car – per person. Here is a great source on how to be prepared, with what is in a Go-Bag and other information you need. Remember, there is a good chance that the roads will be impassable and you will have to walk. You better have a comfy pair of walking shoes and socks in your car and in your office in case you have to hoof it home! Don’t forget about your pets, do you have a leash handy or crate if you have to evacuate in case of a wild-fire?
  • STAY INFORMED: You need a radio and either plenty of batteries or a hand-crank version. The two main stations are KFI AM 640 and KNX 1070 Newsradio – KNX – FM 94.7 (if they are still on-air).
  • FOOD & WATER: They tell you have enough water for 72 hours for each person in your family, about a gallon per person per day. But let me tell you, having heard stories I KNOW there is a very good chance that it will be far longer than 72 hours, try 2 weeks. Are you prepared to camp out in your backyard for 2 weeks in a self-sufficient manner? Do you have enough food and water for all your household members, including pets? What if you have out-of-town visitors that can’t leave, do you have enough supplies for them also? Also, a gallon of water is not very much, especially if you want to “wash-up”. They now have water in cans that have a 50 year shelf life. (Those in plastic have a limited shelf-life)
  • PREPARE YOUR HOUSE: Do you have your large pieces of furniture secured to the studs of the walls so they won’t tip over on you or block your egress? Have you secured your hot water heater to the wall (the studs IN the wall?) Your hot water heater can provide a good source of drinking water. Have you used museum putty to secure your valuable heirloom tchotkes to the table tops?
  • SHELTERS: They can’t take pets, so part of that planning is for you to decide what you are going to do with your dog and/or cat and any of your other critters. The shelters will open as soon as they are inspected and then you should hear announcements as to their locations on the radio.
  • ALERT LA: Los Angeles County has implemented an emergency mass notification system, Alert LA County, to contact County residents and businesses via recorded phone messages, text messages or e-mail messages in case of emergencies or critical situations and provide information regarding necessary actions, such as evacuations. Register your cell phone number, Voice over IP phone number and e-mail address!

Preparedness Handouts – Downloads

Emergency Survival Guide – County of Los Angeles This is Excellent!
PrepareSoCal – Emergency Preparedness Guide – in several languages.
SNAP – Specific Needs Awareness Planning guide
Home Energy and Safety Guide by Southern California Gas Company
SOS Catalog The Van Nuys City Council said they couldn’t, of course, endorse them, but I am! I think they are a fantastic resource right here in the valley for ALL of your disaster preparations. Look for their huge once-a-year sale. They even have occasional classes to help you prepare. Please check out their website.

For more resources, please check out our own page: EMERGENCY RESOURCES.

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Disaster Preparedness Summit presented by Van Nuys Neighborhood Council

The Van Nuys Neighborhood Council is hosting a Special Council Meeting on Wednesday April 30th from 6:30pm – 8:00pm to address disaster preparedness. The recent earthquakes in Southern California have highlighted the importance of the issue and the largest neighborhood council in the San Fernando Valley is taking the lead in getting everyone prepared for “The Big One.”



”We are reaching out to all of the neighborhood councils in the San Fernando Valley as well as other local municipalities in the area. We intend to bring the experts, our community leaders and the general public together to get everyone prepared,” said George Christopher Thomas, President of the Van Nuys Neighborhood Council. “At the Summit and Special Van Nuys Neighborhood Council Meeting, I would like to focus solely on emergency preparedness. We have an obligation and a duty to our community to come up with a plan, and I believe doing so should be our top concern. The City of Los Angeles and the American Red Cross both offer emergency preparedness plans, and the focus of our summit in April will be discussing the pros and cons of each, and ultimately choosing which one is best for our community,” said Thomas.



The Van Nuys Neighborhood Council has selected Wednesday, April 30th for the Disaster Preparedness Summit. The location is at 6262 Van Nuys Boulevard, and planning details will follow as we get closer to the date of the event. Also scheduled to present and speak are Captain Keith Scott, CERT Commander & Charles Poepke, Field Operation Supervisor II for the Southern California Gas Company.

Captain/Paramedic Stacy Gerlich, MA, served as the Community Emergency Response Training (CERT) Program administrator and manager, providing both organization and leadership to the continual development of the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) trained volunteer program. (Learn more about CERT – Community Emergency Response Team and how you can take the training classes.) The CERT program was developed by the LAFD in 1986 and has remained a leader in its field. LAFD CERT is currently training 4,000 citizens annually and maintains an active cadre of 215 trained volunteers who contribute over 4,500 volunteer hours annually to the LAFD. The CERT program provides a structured curriculum for citizens to become more prepared, resilient, and vital components to “whole community” preparedness. Captain Gerlich is considered an expert in the field of disaster preparedness and has had the honor of working with citizens and stakeholders throughout the United States to prepare our nation for an untimely whole community disaster.

Read about Captain Gerlich’s White House honor - Champion’s of Change

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Meeting: The State of Public Safety in the Valley

Hi,
Below is from the EmpowerLA.org website about an important meeting you, as a resident or business owner of the Los Angeles Valley should consider attending. Here is the link (http://empowerla.org/state-of-public-safety-in-the-valley/), but I have copied it below:

The LAPD’s Operations-Valley Bureau is partnering with the Valley Alliance of Neighborhood Councils to host a “State of Public Safety in the Valley” Town Hall meeting on Wednesday, January 29 from 6 pm to 8 pm at the Van Nuys City Hall where they will take a look at the past, the present, and future of public safety in the San Fernando Valley.

The Daily News recently reported that “crime is down throughout Los Angeles for the 11th straight year, and the numbers show a steep decline in what have long been some of the toughest areas in the San Fernando Valley.

Homicides citywide are at the lowest level since the 1966, when the city had a fraction of its current population – and in some areas of the Valley, the decline is as much as 47 percent compared with the same period in 2012.”

Deputy Chief Jorge Villegas, who commands LAPD’s Operations – Valley Bureau and will be the featured speaker at the Town Hall, said “I would attribute it to the overall effort. Not one strategy, but all of the strategies working together. Every single day we look at the data from the last 24 hours, 36 hours, last seven days, so we are quickly deploying our resources where they are needed. We’re being agile. You combine that with community outreach, Facebook, Twitter, all of the other ways we’re getting people involved and it is helping.”

The Town Hall is designed for Neighborhood Council Presidents, Public Safety Chairs, Neighborhood Watch members, CERT Teams, Community Police Advisory Boards, Home Owner Association members as well as anyone that has an interest in public safety.

The LAPD’s Operations – Valley Bureau is made up of seven Community Police Stations plus the Valley Traffic and is responsible for the public safety of 1,426,071 people who make their homes in the 226.47 square miles of San Fernando Valley, plus the many property owners, business operators, customers, guests, and visitors.

The Valley Alliance of Neighborhood Councils is made of of 34 Neighborhood Councils that represent those who live, work, own property or participate in organizations within their boundaries.

For more information on the “State of Public Safety in the Valley” contact one of the four Independent Election Administrators for the Valley.

North West Valley – Kevin Taylor - Kevin@EmpowerLA.org
North East Valley – Jose Sandoval - JoseS@EmpowerLA.org
South West Valley – Tony Wilkinson - Tony@EmpowerLA.org
South East Valley – Alisa Smith - Alisa@EmpowerLA.org

The LAPD performance has the power to shape the future of your community, this is your opportunity to shape the LAPD’s policies and strategies and to partner with the LAPD in the quality of life in your community.

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Are you Prepared for 2013?

Happy New Year! Hope everyone had a great holiday.

Our resolutions are foremost in our mind as we begin a new year with the hopes of making ourselves better than we were the previous year. How about something to help secure the safety of your family? Wouldn’t that be the best resolution of all? Make your resolution now to get the supplies you & your loved ones (& your pets!) would need WHEN the big one strikes. CERT Los Angeles has made it quite easy for you, just download this simple one page Disaster Supplies Calendar. Then…when you do your weekly marketing, just follow the list on the pdf and you are ready. There are also companies from which you can purchase a handy car kit, office kit or home kit of supplies you would require. We have on this website a list of Emergency Supply Resources. Oh and WATER, that will be more valuable than currency. At least one gallon of water per person per day for at least 3 days, though the LAFD recommends supplies for several weeks. If a disaster hits during our hot season, you will need far more than one gallon of water.

Getting prepared is EASY. Don’t you owe it to your loved ones? Yes, you do!

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